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Jewish History Observer 1: The Challenge of Becoming a People

ISBN: 978-0-87441-740-1
SKU: 740
Grade level: 7 - 10
Price: $4.50 In stock
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Jewish history for teens as they’ve never experienced it before.

How wise was King Solomon? Why did Isaiah have to practice "tough love"?

Take your students through Judaism’s earliest history - from Moses through the First Temple period - with this full-color, 16-page booklet. Designed to engage your students’ imaginations and intellectual curiosity, The Jewish History Observer will provide your teens with a lasting connection to Jewish history.


  • Exodus from Egypt and entrance into Canaan
  • Period of judges, prophets, and kings
  • Rise and fall of Israel’s Golden Age


  • Newspaper-style articles "report" Jewish history as it happens, bringing Jewish history to life for your students.
  • Informal, teen-friendly narrative, combined with clear, accessible translations of primary source material, promotes lively "read-aloud" classroom experiences.
  • Dozens of illustrations, maps, and timelines provide a compelling presentation of historical events from the Exodus from Egypt through the destruction of the Second Temple.
  • Columns including "Sports," "Gossip," and "Real Estate": Looking for the perfect capital city? Consider stunning Jerusalem.
  • "You're the Reporter": Write your own article about a time in your life when you were torn between what you believed and what you observed.

The Jewish History Observer is a four-booklet series that presents Jewish history from the time of Moses to the Modern Era. Newspaper-style articles and features engage your students' imaginations and intellectual curiosity. Thought-provoking questions challenge your students to think critically about the driving forces of historical figures and events. Volume 1 covers the Exodus from Egypt to the destruction of the First Temple. Volume 2 covers Jewish life during the Greek and Roman periods; the exile and the development of the Mishnah and Talmud. Volume 3 covers the Early Middle Ages, and Volume 4 brings the narrative up to the Modern Era.

Read the special guide on Ways to Use the Jewish History Observer

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