Shine A Light Lessons for Congregational Schools - 9-12 Grade


This lesson can be delivered in one long session or two shorter sessions. If the educator wants to divide the lesson

into two sessions, the first session would focus on understanding the Maccabean Revolt and discuss modern-day

antisemitism. The second session would focus on modern-day changemakers and how they are ‘beacons of light,’

reminiscent of the Maccabees of the past.

Created By:

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Erica Hruby serves as the Executive Director of Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Network (JTEEN). Erica has worked for more than twenty-five years in the Jewish world. She has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in many areas of Jewish life: two synagogues in the greater Atlanta area; BBYO and Beit Hamidrash (Hebrew High) in Orlando; Hillel at the University of Central Florida; the American Hebrew Academy (AHA) in Greensboro, North Carolina; and in several organizations and foundations specializing in Israel education, Jewish camping, and Jewish teen education and engagement. Erica also works as a parent and teen educator and coach, offering customized parenting education and she facilitates an online course she co-created called, PhD in Parenting Tweens and Teens. Erica holds a B.A. in Psychology/Religion from Stetson University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.



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