Connecting the Pieces of Jewish History
OUR APPROACH TO TEACHING JEWISH HISTORY AND CULTURE
Jewish peoplehood is best understood when Jewish voices are heard and their agency is recognized.
This approach to humanities education is multicultural and culturally-affirming.
Jewish people are a mosaic of global communities spanning continents.
Jewish identity is not singular. Racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious expressiveness is diverse among Jews around the world.
The history of the Jewish people is woven into world history. Jewish culture and social life are inseparable from countless other communities.
What it means to be Jewish has never been static. Jewish identity and expressions evolve across time and place.
Being Jewish cannot be reduced to one thing. It includes ways of knowing and ways of being that take multiple shapes.
Jewish cultural life is full of joy. Identifying uplifting aspects of Jewish experiences is about recognizing the full humanity of Jewish people.
Jewish identity exists within a web of contact and exchange. Cultural diffusion occurs alongside efforts to continue and preserve Jewish life.
Artistic expression crosses genres and media within Jewish cultural life. Music, visual arts, and literature are among many forms of creative productions.