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Sing in Hebrew, songs sung by captive Soviet Jews and by Free Jews in Israel


One was sung by Soviet Jews, trapped in the USSR: “Blue and White are the colors of my land, for now and ever after”.
The other was sung by Jews in Israel:
“Won’t you ask after, O Zion, the weal of your captive?”

Sing in Hebrew, and discuss the lyrics meanings and source.

January 11, 2020


Women of the Refuseniks – video & discussion


In this lesson you can use a slideshow archives presentation to show how the Soviet Media portrayed Jews and Jewish Emigration problem (according to Soviet officials: no problem because no one wants to get out), with points of discussion.
Raising the main question: how can we today recognize an attempt brainwash or “fake news” when it’s not about a subject that we are familiar with?

October 25, 2019


BRAINWASHING & FAKE NEWS – SLIDESHOW & DISCUSSION


In this lesson you can use a slideshow archives presentation to show how the Soviet Media portrayed Jews and Jewish Emigration problem (according to Soviet officials: no problem because no one wants to get out), with points of discussion.
Raising the main question: how can we today recognize an attempt brainwash or “fake news” when it’s not about a subject that we are familiar with?

September 9, 2019


Research and contribute to historical archives


Teach students how their parents used to research before everything became digitized. Understand what was going on in earlier generation. To understand how the Jews in the US (and the Free World) worked to help their fellow Jews on the other side of the world.

August 15, 2019


Present, Protest, & Inspire: learn the about individual Refuseniks and prepare a presentation to save them!


In this activity lesson, students will imagine that they are activists in the free world advocating for Soviet Jews.
Each group will will learn about a different refusenik, and come up with a plan for how to bring public attention to their refusenik’s case through drawing, writing, creating songs, speeches, collages, etc.

November 4, 2018


Connecting to Soviet Jews


Created by The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, this lesson plan explores the ways in which the Cleveland Jewish Community, organized by the Federation, rallied around the issue of the Soviet Jewry struggle in December 1987. The central activity involves cooperatively learning about various community activities, their goals, and outcomes.

September 27, 2018


Bring Refuseniks or Activists to Class (or on zoom)


Hear the stories from the source! Invite Prisoners of Zion, Refuseniks and Human Rights activist who live near you.

August 30, 2018


Night of the Murdered Poets Commemorative Program – 1977 Soviet Jewry Camp Kit


This commemorative program is a memorial to those killed on what is now called The Night of the Murdered Poets. The program, a narrative containing some of the poetry that survived that night, is particularly apropos for programs tied in with Tisha B’Av.

August 15, 2018


“Soviet Jewry Day”- Immersing students or campers into the life and struggle of Jewish activists in the U.S.S.R. – 1977 Soviet Jewry Camp Kit


Soviet Jewry Day is the second program of many listed in the “1977 Soviet Jewry Camp Kit”. Educators have the option of implementing these activities as a historical dramatization, or it can be easily adapted to today. While these particular activities are written for a summer camp, many parts can be done at a school or synagogue. These activities can be used in correlation with many of the other lesson plans available in our Lesson Plan Library.

The aim of the following activities will be to create an atmosphere in a camp which recreates the daily realities of life of a Soviet Jew, a life filled with tension, feelings of isolation, self- consciousness regarding his Jewish identity and mistrust, stemming from constant surveillance by authorities and informers.


Freedom Shabbat: Immersing students or campers into the life and struggle of Jewish activists in the U.S.S.R. – 1977 Soviet Jewry Camp Kit


While this particular Shabbat Activity is written for a summer camp, it can be done at a school or synagogue. This activity can be used in correlation with many of the other lesson plans available in our Lesson Plan Library.


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