Today in grade seven students learned about Governor Peter Stuyvesant's efforts to remove the first Jewish immigrants to New Amsterdam, now New York. Stuyvesant was rebuked by the Dutch East India Company and the company's Jewish membership. Students learned about three well known Sephardic Jewish immigrants and listened to Ladino music online in class.
Students learned that the next wave of Jewish immigrants were from Holland, England and Germany and were known as Ashkenazic Jews. We will explore their lives with primary documents and we will use our textbook, Let Freedom Ring, in class. I will supply copies of primary documents and teens no longer need to bring their phones to class.
Our Hebrew group began to learn Ayn Kamocha. Students in the elective, Judaism and the Environment , learned about the Food Justice movement. The Jewish community has many active and strong organizations and leadership involved in the Food Justice movement.