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).
- 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?
- Record yourself singing a melody/prayer/song you know from home and/or from your community and share it with your classmates. Research for more information about the text and/or the origins of the tune you chose.
- Create a Kahoot! board game, or card game (Go Fish) for your classmates about what you have learned.
- Collect primary sources that relate to a specific community or historical figure and put them into a timeline to categorize them chronologically.
- Read one of these blog articles and write a short response explaining what you found most interesting or surprising, what resonated with you and why:
- The Incarnations of the “Avinu Malkeinu” Piyut from the Talmud to Barbara Streisand
- Hanukkah - 8 Nights, 8 Treasures, 8 Languages
- Hanukkah Songs and Sounds from Across the Globe
- These Rediscovered Melodies Survived the Holocaust. Now They're Online