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Challenge & Change 3: Jews of the Twentieth Century and Beyond

ISBN: 978-0-87441-780-7
SKU: 780
Grade level: 6 - 9
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The concluding book in the three-volume Challenge and Change series grapples with issues that confront the American Jewish community today, including Jews in politics, the spirituality movement, and the changing role of women in Jewish religious life. As students examine the lives and deeds of American Jews from World War One (1914) to today, they are invited to consider the effect their own lives will have on the future of American Jewry.


  1. American Jews Enter the Twentieth Century - the role American Jews played in World War I; how they became part of mainstream America, including sports and the arts; the development of the Jewish religious movements; the Great Depression; and the Jews’ role in World War II.
  2. Jews in Post War America and Beyond - postwar prosperity; the growth of Jewish educational institutions; Jewish American relationships with the state of Israel; the rise of the social action movement; and the early women’s movement.
  3. Being Jewish in America Today - mending the Jewish world; rescuing Ethiopian Jews; Jews’ influence on American political life; Jews in the arts and sciences; the renewal movement; the national feminist movement; and challenges in the twenty-first century.

Using the following features, each chapter engages students in a critical analysis of the material:

  • Reflect On It: Thematic questions motivate and challenge students, helping them to understand the driving forces of each historical era
  • Learn It: Definitions of key terms, including "pacifism," "heresy," "ideology," and "suffrage" enable students to place each term in historical context
  • Think About It: Provocative questions inspire students to develop their own interpretations of events
  • Do It: Hands-on activities encourage research and discussion
  • Click On It: Links to websites allow students to further explore each chapter topic
  • Timeline: Concise graphic presentation of important historical events from 1914 to today provide a clear sequence of historical events and personalities

Primary source materials, including maps, letters, and supplementary readings, bring history to life for students, making Challenge and Change ideal for a middle school or high school history elective.

Download the teaching guide, or ask for a free copy with your order of 5 or more student textbooks.


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