Today in grade seven, the students spoke in pairs to create a list of potential challenges some Jewish Americans may have encountered as they moved West in the 1800's. Student watched a twenty minute portion of the PBS film, "Jewish Americans", which followed Jewish peddlers who moved West, selling goods carried on their backs, and who advanced to selling goods from horse drawn wagons and opening stores in areas being established in Ohio, Arizona and California. Students heard about Levi Strauss and the Spiegel Catalog, as well as Jewish mayors and the Jewish chief of a Native American tribe. Students saw detailed stories about Jewish soldiers on both the Confederate and Union sides of the Civil War and the rise of established Jews from the Sephardic and German Immigrant communities to the upper class of society. Students learned about the contradiction of some Jewish families who held Passover Seders, but did not protest the slavery occurring in their midst. They also learned about discrimination toward early Jewish settlers.
In Hebrew, the sixth and seventh graders used a Hebrew Flashcard app for reading and practiced singing Ayn Kamocha too.
In the Judaism and the Environment elective, students engaged in a little text study and we spoke about bringing a sense of Shabbat into our busy lives.
We will meet in two weeks again, following Veteran's Day weekend.