Big Ideas for Part Time Jewish Education

Written by Behrman House Staff, 06 of May, 2014

Curriculum writers Lesley Litman and Ellen Rank have identified three BIG IDEAS that encompass the key values and purpose of part-time Jewish education programs. They’ve written a concise (just 3 pages) mini-curriculum.

To help you plan, we've linked all this to specific Behrman House texts and materials that support the learning and help you guide students in their inquiry.

Our Big Ideas Guide is crafted into three essential areas: 

1. Deep connection to our sacred texts.
2. Belonging to a spiritual community of practice
3. Living our values


This downloadable resource helps you think through the enduring understandings you want learners in your environment to grapple with as they make meaning of their own relationships with Judaism.

Essential questions for each age group (young learners, elementary grade learners, and middle school learners) help you consider the inquiry you want students to undertake, while examples of learning evidence help you craft meaningful experiences and projects that speak directly to that inquiry and help you assess understanding.

We think you’ll find it useful.

Download the new curriculum here.

*Best printed on 11x17 paper.