Sacred Symbol and Complex Reality: Helping American Jewish Teachers Teach Multiple "Israels"


This guide aims to achieve a balance between the way in which American representations of Israel are constructed and the way in which Israelis experience these American representations of Israel.  This guide identifies four commonplaces: Key Sites, Military, Hebrew, and Textbooks to look at the way in which these two narratives are constructed. Learners will identify their own personal relationship with Israel, create a mission statement for what Israel education should look like in their synagogue, and have the opportunity to write and implement a lesson plan that integrates the two narratives.

This curriculum guide was designed for religious school teachers. It was created by Amanda Greene, graduate of the HUC-JIR School of Education in 2012.



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