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Open It Up! Integrating the Arts into Jewish Education

ISBN: 978-0-86705-089-9
SKU: A089
Grade level: Educator
Price: $35.00 In stock
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Sixty-four dynamic activities in four arts disciplines—music, drama, creative writing, and visual arts—weave the arts directly into the Jewish school curriculum and "open up" the big ideas of Jewish education. An extensive introduction examines the importance of the arts in Jewish life and Jewish education and explains the philosophy of this unique integrative approach. Includes four topic areas (Holidays, Torah, Mitzvot and Middot, and Jewish Life Cycle) with activities for four grade levels (K–1, 2–3, 4–6, and Family Education) and, within each grade level, one activity in each of the four arts disciplines.

Part I: Holidays

  • Shabbat (Grades K–1)
  • Chanukah (Grades 2–3)
  • Sukkot (Grades 4–6)
  • Pesach (Family Education)

Part II: Torah

  • Noah’s Ark (Grades K–1)
  • Three Righteous Women (Grades 2–3)
  • Moses and the Burning Bush (Grades 4–6)
  • Jacob and Esau (Family Education)

Part III: Mitzvot and Middot

  • Tza’ar Ba’alay Chayim:Kindness to Animals (Grades K–1)
  • Hachnasat Orchim: Welcoming Guests (Grades 2–3)
  • Derech Eretz: Proper Behavior (Grades 4–6)
  • Bal Tashchit: Do Not Destroy (Family Education)

Part IV: Jewish Life Cycle

  • Baby Naming (Grades K–1)
  • Growing Older (Grades 2–3)
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah (Grades 4–6)
  • Death (Family Education)


  • "Big Idea" and "Inspiration" sections provide the background and the rationale for each activity.
  • Clearly stated objectives for each activity tie directly to the Big Ideas.
  • Materials lists, step-by-step instructions, helpful hints, and suggested resources make activities easy to implement.
  • Activities are adaptable to higher or lower grade levels, providing hundreds of creative opportunities.

Ideal for average classroom teachers who think they are not artists, in addition to arts specialists



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