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Brenard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Date: Feb 2016

Learning the Why Behind Immigration

 Fourth-grade Jewish and general studies teachers have been incorporating the theme of immigration into their curriculum in order to enhance cross-curricular learning. Jewish studies teachers began the journey with Abraham, the first Jewish immigrant. Students then welcomed speakers to hear a variety of stories about immigration and learn how vast and unique each story could be. They heard Rina Jacobius share her mother’s immigration story from Morocco to Israel and Diana Levich share her personal story of immigrating from Russia to Israel and later to the United States and Sarit Gradwohl an Israeli author who lives in Skokie shared a fascinating story about her grandparents’ journey from Yemen to Israel in the early 1940’s. Each of these lessons began with the question “Why did your family decide to immigrate,” a question students use often in their social students class as they began to use questions to uncover more about each story they read. As a culmination to this lesson, students will celebrate these different locations of Jewish immigration with food, music and Tefilot!

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