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Wonder Pack: Jewish-American Heritage Wonder Pack

Classroom Activities

Wonder Pack: Jewish-American Heritage Wonder Pack

This Deck celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month and is designed to prompt wonder and curiosity for elementary, middle, and high school learners. These Wonders celebrate the history, contributions, art, and culture of Jewish Americans. 

What’s in this pack?

Elementary

In 1883, poet Emma Lazarus wrote a poem to help raise money for the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Since then, the poem has become an unofficial motto of the U.S. In this lesson, students explore how “The New Colossus” influenced the world’s perspective on the Statue of Liberty.

Source: National Museum of American Jewish History & American Jewish Historical Society

Middle

Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian. He regularly drew from Jewish life, scripture, and tradition when creating symphonic works, theater pieces, and film scores. Let’s explore how he expressed his feelings and pushed boundaries through his music.

Source: PBS Friday Arts

High

Lipa Schmeltzer is an American singer, entertainer, and composer, and has been called "the Lady Gaga of Hasidic music” and “Jewish Elvis.” Lipa combines his Hasidic background with modern musical styles like pop, hip-hop, and R&B. In this video, students can explore how he is revolutionizing Hasidic music as we know it.

Source: The Big Story

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