American Jewish World ServiceAJWS believes that teaching and learning are vital components of Jewish global citizenship. Our resources are designed to support the work of clergy, teachers, camp counselors and lay leaders in facilitating compelling, informative and meaningful education programs that link Judaism and global justice.
AJL New Jewish Values FinderThe AJL website offers a search engine so teachers and parents can locate Jewish books based on ages, themes and values.
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)COEJL seeks to expand the contemporary understanding of such Jewish values as tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedek (justice), social action and g’milut hasadim (performing deeds of loving kindness), to environmental action and advocacy. The resources section of the site is a databank of environmental programs for Jewish institutions.
On1Foot.orgon1foot is an open-source online database of Jewish texts on social justice.
Jewish Funds for Justice –Tzedek Partner CurriculumThe Tzedek Partner Curriculum teaches Jewish middle school students about the causes and consequences of poverty, the history of the Jewish response to poverty, and the Jewish mandate to fight poverty expressed in Jewish text. It encompasses learning in a variety of subject matters: economics, writing, history, sociology, theology, Bible, Rabbinics, Jewish philosophy, and Hebrew.
Mazon, “Hunger No More”“Hunger No More is a set of 6 lessons for adults and youth that seeks to facilitate discussions around hunger, poverty, and powerlessness in the United States and the developing world… This series helps congregations examine our tradition’s mandate to care for people who are hungry and poor.” The only drawback of this curriculum is that it was developed in 2002 and relates to a set of legislation that was in the process of being passed in that year. Some aspects might need to be updated, but in general, the same concepts apply today.
Tzedek Resource GuideTzedek Resource Guide: Click on a listed topic (e.g., Homelessness, Poverty) and then be sure to click on “Jewish Educational Resources.” There are links to a variety of incredible resources, curricula, and learning activities. Published by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston.
Jewish Funds for Justice - Heart Action Resource Manual“The Heart Action Resource Manual is designed to both introduce students to the central Jewish values related to service to the elderly and to teach core skills related to volunteering. Below you will find an overview of the different learning chapters in this manual. The chapters alternate between Jewish values and skills, and are designed to fit with the flow of the HeartAction program and introduce different concepts at appropriate times. However, facilitators should feel free to mold the learning resources to the needs of individual groups.” Additionally on the Jewish Funds for Justice website there are links to lesson plans and articles dealing with other aspects of service-learning and its relationship to Judaism and Jewish values.
AVODAH, The Jewish Service CorpsAVODAH: There is an extensive archive of lessons relating to Jewish views on social justice and other related topics listed on this website. The lessons are divided according to the books of the Torah, and can be printed out individually.
The Guiding Principles for Teaching the Shoah in Jewish Schools“The Guiding Principles… help teachers address difficult issues raised by the Shoah in an intellectually meaningful and age-appropriate fashion. These guidelines support teachers in their efforts to help students understand the significance of the Holocaust for Jewish identity and for world history.” Created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.