Race, Religion & American Judaism- A Curriculum


Race, Religion, & American Judaism takes you on an educational journey with leading scholars as your guides. Using the prism of Jewish life to examine the complexities of identity, culture, and society, it promotes knowledge and inquiry as central to the pursuit of equity and repair.

The Race, Religion & American Judaism Youth Currriculum brings together three broad topics that interact in complex and life-altering ways. For all their impact on society and on people’s lives, most of us have not had opportunities to engage in focused study and discussion of what these topics mean and how they shape our history, identities, institutions, and experiences.

These 9 lessons were designed for students sixth grade and up, in formal or informal educational settings, or in family education programs. While these lessons are appropriate for high school students, high school teachers might also consult the adult curriculum for more complicated engagements with similar content.

Race, Religion & American Judaism is a project of the Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project’s goal is to produce cross-disciplinary research, public scholarship, and curricula that will advance scholarly and public understanding of:

Race, religion, Jewishness, racism, and antisemitism
Multiracial, multicultural heritage of the Jewish people
How to challenge racism effectively and in keeping with Jewish ethical ideas.

Check out the project's website for even more content. 



  • After School and Beyond
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Teen Engagement