How I Met Your Middot: Jewish Virtues in American Pop Culture


This curriculum presents eight teen-relevant middot through the lens of American popular culture. On a first level, this enables pop-culture-saturated learners to access the middot. But more than that, using pop culture shows learners the implicit Jewish content present in their overwhelmingly secular-looking world. A TV show character doesn’t have to be Jewish to display an act of courage, but through this curriculum learners will acquire the ability to recognize that character’s action on a deeper level, as an act of ometz lev.

This curriculum guide was created by Rabbi Dusty Klass, 2014 graduate of the HUC-JIR School of Education. It was intended for high schoolers in a religious school or camp setting.



  • Camp
  • Congregational Learning
  • Teen Engagement