Teaching About Jewish History, Antisemitism, and Religion

Teaching about religion in an unbiased and inclusive manner can be challenging. These resources provide the foundation you need to educate on Judaism, antisemitism, and presenting religion to your classroom or community.  

Jewish History & Antisemitism

Ancient Israel

This lesson explores Israelite society in the context of ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations. Learners will develop an understanding of ancient Israelites’ role in the ancient world and their lasting contributions to the Western World, and the development of Judaism as we know it today. This resource is common-core aligned and based on primary sources. 

History of European Antisemitism

This lesson focuses on the history of European antisemitism and the impact that it has on Jewish today. This resource is common-core aligned and based on primary sources. A joint program between JCRC and PJ Library to help Jewish families with young children navigate antisemitism 

Religion in the Classroom

This lesson using real-life case studies will provide the framework on how to teach about religion in the classroom. This resource is common-core aligned and based on primary sources. 

Resources for Jews of Color

These resources are to specifically help include Jews of Color when discussing the Jewish community. 

Edot: The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative  

The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative is a network of partnerships and activities focused on affirming Jewish racial and ethnic diversity across communities in the Midwest.

Resources from the Jews of Color Initiative  

The Jews of Color Initiative is a national effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organization,al and communal field for Jews of Color. 

ADL High School Lesson Plan on Teaching about BLM 

Lesson plans from the Anti-Defamation League on how to teach about the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Resources for LGBTQ+ Jews

These resources are to specifically help include LGBTQ+ Jews when discussing the Jewish community. 

Israel LGBTQ+ History  

A timeline of the LGBTQ+ community in Israel from A Wider Bridge.

Curated List of Jewish LGBTQ+ Groups and Organizations Jewish 

List of Jewish LGBTQ+ groups and organizations broken into locations. 

Ask a Rabbi  

From JQY a resource to find answers to common questions, criticisms, and concerns asked by Orthodox individuals, accompanied by the responses of supportive Orthodox Rabbis.  

LGBTQ+ Lesson Plans and Resources  

Lesson plans and resources for all ages from the ADL on LGBTQ+ topics.