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Lesson Plan

Traditions That Ring a Bell

Learners will get a chance to hear recordings from Jewish holiday and life cycle events across time and place. This unit encourages learners to appreciate the variety of customs and aspects of Jewish life while also identifying commonalities. They will practice categorizing and organizing data presented through primary sources by matching recordings to traditions (country of origin and life cycle event).

Get a chance to hear recordings from Jewish holiday and life cycle events across time and place.

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Group Activity

Using the cards, listen to the recordings from the National Library of Israel’s Music Collection and Sound Archive and try to guess

  • What event or holiday is being celebrated or experienced?
  • What religious tradition or country of origin is the recording from?

Discussion Questions

  • What is the role and importance of music in Jewish tradition?
  • What traditional tunes and songs do you know? Where did you learn them and who taught you?
  • When you reflect on holidays and life-cycle events, what are some similarities and differences between different Jewish communities?
  • Do you think it is important to preserve the diversity and differences of Jewish culture as they manifest in various communities? If so, how?
  • Would you like to learn more about different traditions? How can you do so?

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Using the cards, listen to the recordings from the National Library of Israel’s Music Collection and Sound Archive and try to guess

  • What event or holiday is being celebrated or experienced?
  • What religious tradition or country of origin is the recording from?

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