Shine A Light on Antisemitism - Lessons for Grades K-2


This lesson will highlight Chanukah as seen through various artistic media (art, music, dance, theatre, and literature) and provide opportunities for the participants to engage in both creating and consuming.  Educators can choose to utilize some or all of the stations and to customize the timing to their school needs. Educators can also use different "stations" at different points through the weeks, instead of simultaneously, leading up to or during Chanukah.

Judaism has always found expression in the arts and Jews have always been participants in the arts, as creators and consumers. The arts are an expression of culture and identity (or identities) and as the Jewish community was permitted outside the ghetto walls, Jewish artists became more prominent with some incorporating their Jewishness into their art. In all Jewish art forms, Judaism and Jewish history and culture play significant roles in their creation and expression. Throughout history, different Jewish communities have produced their own distinct styles while also being influenced by the communities that surround them. 



Created By:

Debra Siroka

Debra J. Siroka, RJE has been a congregational educator and consultant for more than 25 years. Debra has served congregations in the Midwest, Northeast, and Pacific Northwest, and as an educational consultant and curriculum writer for the American Jewish Archives, The Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle, and the Union for Reform Judaism. Involved in the performing arts since elementary school, Debra has studied theatre, dance & voice, and appeared in a variety of productions. Her areas of professional expertise have included youth engagement, family & community programming, and integrating the arts into educational settings. Just Theatre – Making a Scene, her pioneering endeavor, evolved out of her twin passions for theatre and social justice – offering a transformative approach to cultivate critical conversations around issues of social concern. In addition to her innovative Jewish educational work, Debra has been a vitally active member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) a variety of leadership roles. She now serves on the Reform Movement’s Commission on Social Action as a representative from the ARJE and on the Faculty Commission for URJ Camp Kalsman. Debra is originally from Minneapolis and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BA Magna Cum Laude in Judaic Studies and a M.ED. in Educational Administration. She resides in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Debra is married with two grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, binging Law & Order SVU, museums, and a good musical or dance concert.



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