Resources in Response to the Events at the U.S. Capitol

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The Jewish Education Project

This collection provides a select set of resources to support educators in leading conversation on the events at the U.S. Capitol on January, 6, 2021. The resources are divided into three categories:

  • Materials to Support a Non-Partisan Discussion of the Events of January 6 (Suitable for Elementary, Middle and High School Students)
  • Readings, Prayers, and Selected Psalms (Suitable for Middle and High School Students)
  • Resources to Support Students in Navigating Anxiety (Suitable for all Ages)

You may also consider using the resources available in these two collections:

Surviving and Thriving Through Civic and Civil Engagement

Civic Responsibility 2020

In addition, consider joining us on Monday, January 11 at 2 PM for  Jewish Education and Civic Engagement: Empowering Our Youth. We will be discussing the centrality of education in promoting civic engagement with Dr. Tamara Mann Tweel, Program Director of Civic Initiatives at the Teagle Foundation and Hepzibah Alon, Program Associate for Educators in a Jewish setting at Facing History and Ourselves.

Materials to Support a Non-Partisan Discussion of the Events of January 6

US Capitol Insurrection

Responding to Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

A teacher's guide to facilitate conversations about the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Photo by Luis Alfonso Orellana (Unsplash)

Fostering Civil Discourse

How we talk about things matters from our partners at Facing History and Ourselves.

Students in front of US Capital

Civilly Speaking: A Curriculum on Civil Discourse

A six-lesson curriculum, commissioned by the Covenant Foundation in 2019 and written by master Jewish educators Joel Lurie Grishaver and Ira J. Wise, on the topic of teaching civil discourse, with Jewish and general material appropriate for 6th/7th grades, 8-10th grades, and 11th grade-adult students.

Image from the Protests at the U.S. Capitol

Democracy Under Attack - Lesson Plans and Strategies

A selection of resources to assist teachers in responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Readings, Prayers, and Selected Psalms

Psalms of Protest - Solovy

Psalms of Protest by Alden Solovy

A collection of six poems titled Psalms of Protest by Alden Solovy.

American Flag in Sunlight

Against Domestic Insurrection - A Prayer by Alden Solovy

A prayer in response to the rioting and attacks on the U.S. Capitol.

US Capitol

Prayer for a Nation in Crisis

Rabbi Barry Block shares a prayer for a nation in crisis following the tragic attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Prayer Text

Post-Election Prayers

An eJewish Philanthropy article by Dr. Erica Brown sharing her post-election thoughts and prayers.

American Flags

Readings in Response to the Events at the U.S. Capitol

A collection of psalms, tefillot, and readings in response to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Resources to Support Students in Navigating Anxiety

A dad holds and comforts his son

Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories

Three poignant suggestions for how to shape a child's reaction to frightening news.

Dad talking to son

5 Tips for Talking with Children about Hate Incidents

The ADL's quick one-page resource that helps you orient yourself when talking to children about the unthinkable - acts of hate.

Helping Children Cope With Tragedy Related Anxiety

Helping Children Cope With Tragedy Related Anxiety

Mental Health America's resources for discussing tragedy and feelings of personal danger during uncertain times.

Helping Youth Process Civil Unrest and their Role

Helping Youth Process Civil Unrest and their Role

This lesson provides selected Jewish texts to help youth process responses to the current state of our nation.

Listen, Protect, Connect - Model & Teach

Listen, Protect, Connect - Model & Teach

Psychological first aid (PFA) for students and teachers.

Student and Teacher Standing Together

When Bad Things Are Happening

A brief guide to speaking to your students about a crisis as it unfolds by Teaching Tolerance.

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