CURRICULUM – ETHICS & JEWISH VALUES 7TH GRADE and above

Many of the choices we make as Jewish people are rooted in Jewish tradition, notably the Torah (as explained in the Talmud). Goals & objectives: 7th grade Ethics & Jewish Values will invite students to find the connection between the ethical values & their own life experiences. The focus in each session will fall on solving & applying their own values and ethics with Jewish learning, and then moving towards the truth of his or her own personal meaning (there are a number of answers with different student opinions). Students will work in groups to identify the different themes and to find “the right answer” to a complex series of ethical dilemmas. Not only are the answers derived from the Torah, the Talmud & the Mishnah, but the student will be invited to enter the lives of real heroes whose actions typified ethical & Jewish values & to study the impact which they had on the world by holding true to their believes. Textbooks: 1. Elizehu Gibor – “Living Jewish Values” 2. “You be the Judge” – Books 2 & 3. Unit 1: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concepts: Tikkun Olam – Fixing the brokenness in the world. Key Personalities: Rabbi Schulweis Janice Kaminer-Reznik Also: “You Be the Judge”: Book 3: Stories 46 & 48 Unit 2: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Shmirat ha-teva – Guarding the environment, protecting the environment in Israel and all over the world, making an impact on the environment. Key Personality: David Ben Gurion Kibbutz Lotan Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3, Story 11

Unit 3: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Shmirat Ha-guf. story 37. Unit 7: 1 session – 30 minutes Key Concept: Tzionut – Zionism . Unit 6: 2 sessions – 30 m inutes each Key Concept: Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Ba-zeh – All Israel is responsible one for the other – every Jew has an obligation to help another Jew if he/she is in need. stories 13 & 44. not the tormented Key Personalities: Elie Wiesel Dov Noy Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3. story 30. Key Personalities: Robert & Myra Kraft Gershom Sizomu Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3. the mitzvah of guarding the body. Unit 5: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concert: Zikaron: Never be silent: silence encourages the tormentor. story 45. Unit 4: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Rodef Shalom – Peacemaking Key Personalities: The Four Chapains Yitzchak Rabin Also: “You be the Judge” book 3. Key Personalities: The Maccabiah Games Lenny Krayzelburg Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3.

Key Personalities: Justice Louis Brandeis Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Also: “You be the Judge” Book 2. Key Personalities: Rabbi Mark Borovitz John Paul 11 Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3. stories 25 & 39 Unit 11: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Anavah – Humility: halfway between too much pride & too little pride. getting back on the path towards becoming the best you that you can become.Key Personalities: Theodor Herzl Golda Meir Unit 8: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Ometz Lev: Courage/Strength of Heart.Justice: not only in the courtroom but in our relationships. 30 minutes each Key Concept: T’shuvah – Repentence. story 43. Key Personalities: Albert Einstein Moses Also: “You be the Judge” Book 2. Who is Mighty? Key Personalities: Rabbi Regina Jonas Rabbi Leo Baeck Also: “You be the Judge” Book 2. returning. story 46 Unit 9: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Tzedek Tzedel Tirdof . . stories 36 & 37 Unit 10: 2 sessions.

Key Personalities: Hannah Szenes Hank Greenberg Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3. . story 33 Unit 15: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Tzedakah – Charity is a matter of the heart – the heart of the world Key Personalities: Danny Siegel Natalie Portman Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3. story 45 Unit 13: 1 session – 30 minutes Key Concept: Shiru l’Adonai – “Sing unto God” – unity in song. Key Personalities: Henrietta Szold Jonas Salk Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3. story 5 & 41 Unit 16: 1 session – 30 minutes Key Concept: Talmud Torah – the lifelong process of Jewish learning leads the way to mitzvoth.Unit 12: 2 sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Kiddush Ha-shem – Living in a way that gives honor to God and the Jewish people. Key Personalities: Debbie Friedman Craig Taubman Unit 14: 2 Sessions – 30 minutes each Key Concept: Pikuah Nefesh – Saving a soul – protecting a human life is a major obligation.

story 39 .Key Personalities: Rebecca Gratz Nechama Leibowitz Also: “You be the Judge” Book 3.

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