civil rightsThis session examines the involvement of Jews in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, and the roots of that involvement in the exodus from Egypt, which has served as a powerful symbol and inspiration in the quest for human rights and equality.

Suggested Audience:

The course can be modified for upper elementary, middle school, high school, and adult learners.

Course description:

This session examines the involvement of Jews in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, including the close collaboration between Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the lynching of civil rights activists Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman in Birmingham.  It then searches for the roots of that involvement in historical events in the Jewish past, with a focus on the exodus from Egypt, which became a symbol of the American civil rights movement, as reflected in the song “Let My People Go”. Participants will discover the impact of the exodus on the ethical concern for “the other”, and its power as a symbol and inspiration in the quest for human rights.

Cost: $150 for a 1-time session. Please contact JETS to find out about discounts for multi session orders

JETS educators will work with your school or institution to adapt the session so that it meets the needs of your students