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Building Jewish Identity 1: Our Community

ISBN: 978-0-87441-861-3
SKU: 861
Grade level: 3 - 4
Price: $7.95 In stock
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Introduces the key concept of the Jewish community through stories, interviews, and activities. Students will discover how our community brings us together, providing a lifelong connection to our heritage, culture, and values.

Our Community is the first volume in the Building Jewish Identity series, a flexible two-year Jewish identity curriculum in four units.

Volume 1 introduces the key concept of the Jewish community. Through stories, interviews, and activities students will discover how our community brings us together, providing a lifelong connection to our heritage, culture, and values.

Contents: "Our Community"

  1. Jewish Like Me
  2. Pieces of the Puzzle: Jewish Community
  3. A Rich Heritage: History and Stories
  4. Speaking the Same Language: Hebrew
  5. Learning by Doing: Symbols and Rituals
  6. Becoming Our Best Selves: Mitzvot
  7. Your Jewish Identity
  8. Words to Know

About the Building Jewish Identity Series:

Establish a foundation for lifelong Jewish engagement
The Building Jewish Identity series introduces students to core knowledge that is essential to developing a strong Jewish identity. It uses stories, interviews, and activities to explore the ethical teachings, laws, language, rituals, symbols, and myths that create a distinctive Jewish worldview using a journal/activity book format that invites personal reflection.

The series is designed to be used in four units over two years. Appropriate for grades 3, 4, and 5, each volume is available separately to allow maximum flexibility to fit into your program.

Enduring Understanding
Our Jewish community, our shared language, our sacred writings, our stories and history as Jews help unite us and connect us to each other and to our Jewish identity. Our experience of time and celebration of important moments provides a lifelong, emotional connection to our heritage, our culture, and our values.


The print materials include four volumes of activities, games, thought questions, texts, and profiles of real kids as well as historical figures, plus other background your students will need to explore and build their identity as Jews.

Matching Lesson Plan Manuals (each covering two volumes) provide step-by step guidelines for each class meeting plus experiential and project based learning ideas, instructions for complementary family education programs, assessments and reviews, plus ideas for teaching holidays through the building blocks of Jewish identity.

An optional digital companion for each volume can be used either in class or from home to bring a rich assortment of interactive games, videos, songs and other components to enliven your students’ exploration of their Jewish identity. Each online companion comes complete with its own lesson plans.

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