Speak or Stay Silent


This lesson explores the role of speaking up versus staying silent when negative things are happening around us. In the time of the Maccabees, they not only spoke up, but took physical action. Both are important ways for people to counteract hatred, falsehoods, bigotry, and more. This lesson includes many opportunities for students to learn lessons about the power of words and engage with what it means to them. While some words

convey hope and positivity, others reveal hate and prejudice.

Speak or Stay Silent is the third in a series of lessons created for the Shine a Light on Antisemitism Campaign of 2022.

Additoinal Shine a Light materials can be found here.

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Erica Hruby is a Jewish educator with over 28-years of teaching, curriculum writing, and professional development experience in Jewish community, academic, and residential environments. Erica is the founding Executive Director of JTEEN (Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Network), the national network of Jewish teen professionals. She is also the founder of Anchored Parenting, LLC where she serves as an educator and coach for tw/eens, parents, and grandparents. Erica has an M.A. from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. She lives in Clearwater, Florida with her high school sweetheart with whom she shares two daughters.



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