Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education Releases Peoplehood Education Toolkit


Source: Peoplehood Education Toolkit


The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, in cooperation with UJA Federation-New York, has released a Peoplehood Education Toolkit. This is a comprehensive resource for Jewish educators and communal leaders interested in questions of Jewish collective belonging, global community and mutual responsibility. There are tools for dealing with WHY to teach about Jewish Peoplehood, HOW to do it well and WHAT to do.


The Jewish Peoplehood Education Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for Jewish educators and community leaders who are interested in engaging their students and constituents with questions of Jewish collective belonging, global community and mutual responsibility.


We believe that being part of an ancient, global people offers Jews from all backgrounds and of all ages an immeasurable opportunity to experience the richness of Jewish civilization, history and culture.


If you are a teacher or community leader and you want to help your students, campers, colleagues (or even yourself) feel more connected to the Jewish People and motivated to take an active role in shaping its future, you have come to the right place!


In this Toolkit, you will find resources dealing with the following questions:

WHAT is Jewish Peoplehood?
WHY is teaching about Jewish Peoplehood important and relevant?
HOW do I teach my students to feel part of the Jewish People?
WHAT is included in Jewish Peoplehood Education?



Because Jewish Peoplehood is a broad concept that includes many different topics, we have divided it into five core themes:

  • Collective Belonging
  • Mutual Responsibility
  • Universal versus Particular
  • Israel & Jewish Peoplehood
  • Contemporary Challenges

Each theme includes an introduction, conceptual explanation, related educational questions, enduring understandings, strategies for teaching and more. Each theme also has a section in the Programs' Resources & Materials section. You could build an entire curriculum around the themes, or just focus on the one (or two) that are most interesting to your students.


For each topic there is one introductory activity and two or more text-based activities. There are also media resources and links to other materials that are related. The activities can be used with a range of ages and in different settings. Feel free to build them into a longer curriculum or pick and choose what works best for you.

Updated: Nov. 06, 2013