Social Justice Program

Zooming…Distance Learning

Our partner schools, Hillel Academy in Rochester, NY and B’nai Shalom in Greensboro, NC, are only ever a Zoom meeting away from us. Every Wednesday in March and April (excluding those pesky snow days), we have been working with the other students. Each week, one of the teachers takes the l…

African American History in Brief

In March, our sixth graders began with a short unit about slavery, the era of Reconstruction, the Jim Crow period and ended with the Little Rock 9.  The students will learn a lot more about this history in 7th grade, but we needed to have some background knowledge before we really got start…

The New Social Justice-Civil Rights Curriculum

We are excited to announce our new grant-funded Social Justice curriculum! We are working in an alliance with three other schools across the country (with the very original name of “The Alliance”). The schools are N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham, AL., Hillel Day School in Roch…

Civil Rights- resistance

Sixth grade students have been learning about the civil rights movement in preparation for our upcoming trip to Alabama. After learning background historical information and about nonviolence, students then completed an activity about individual people. It can be difficult to imagine histori…

The Freedom Seder

The students in the middle school and I created a haggadah for our Freedom Seder. The Freedom Seder followed the paradigm of the first Freedom Seder on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. We used a traditional Jewish seder to learn both Jewish and African Ameri…