Discrimination & Diversity

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Racial identity, prejudice, and institutional racism. By Yehuda Hausman and Aliza Hausman.
A set of lesson plans with exercises to teach children about their universal rights, with special attention given to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This lesson focuses on Articles 29 and 30 - the right to develop their own personality to its fullest extent, and the right to learn and use the language and customs of their families.
This lesson, extracted from Keshet's Hineini Curriculum Resource Guide, invites students to put themselves in the position of the Rabbis who determined that the law regarding the stoning of a rebellious child was only intended to be studied and not to be enacted. Participants debate the law and the different conditions that the Rabbis created to limit its application. They are then asked to consider how this case of Rabbinic intervention and interpretation might apply to contemporary Jewish responses to homosexuality and the inclusion lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.
By Rachel Rosenthal. Amalek as a foil to the Divine; eliminate Amalek, find redemption; re-envisioning Amalek.
This sessions focuses on the idea of fear of others and on our fear of the unknown. At the heart of Judaism is the command to resist fearing and oppressing the stranger and instead, acting to protect the stranger and make room for “the other” to exist. This conversation means to help us practice this through the art of telling our stories, and we practice telling our stories here. Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
In this conversation, we focus on how to “know” others. This will help students stop and see others in the world for you they are, not for whom we assume they are, understand that relationships can change the world. Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
In this conversation, we look more closely at concepts of the stranger. What does it mean to live in a world where there are “strangers”? Why are there strangers? We explore “otherness” from the perspective of the stranger, looking at who the stranger is, what assumptions we make about strangers, and how we might change those ideas. Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
This conversation provides two texts that explore these ideas: How do we understand our own identity in the context of a pluralistic world? How do we interact with others who are different than us? How do we explain who we are and why we choose to celebrate our identity? Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
This lesson plan, excerpted from the Keshet Hineini Curriculum Resource Guide, is a great way to open the conversation about how Jewish thought and practice about a variety of issues has evolved over time. Aimed at 6-12 graders, the lesson encourages students to name all the things that have changed in Jewish law since the time of Moses and Torah. Quotes from the documentary film Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School and Jewish law texts are examined and discussed. Students can be asked to consider how attitudes and practices regarding the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews figures into a broader discussion of changes in Jewish law and practice.
This excerpt from the Keshet Facilitator Training Manual is designed to give participants a sense of the "conversation" about gender that has been happening in our texts and community over the last 2000 years. It invites them to enter into the conversation and make these texts meaningful and relevant to our lives today. The selection of texts presents a variety of perspectives on gender as a category and gender diversity over the evolution of Jewish thought and practice.
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