Middle & High School

Northeast Ohio Immigration & History

Becoming American - Grades 6-12

Students discover how Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were able to overcome cultural biases, stereotypes, and prejudices to become part of the mainstream as a result of government programs, settlement houses, and Jewish communal institutions. Through docent-facilitated discussion and analysis of documents and texts, they reflect on identity, culture, community, and the meaning of being "American."

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2

Israel: Then & Now - Grades 6-12

A people with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs, find hope in a land they can make their own. In 1948, when Israel was declared the first Jewish state, it gave the Jewish people an opportunity to create a home for themselves and their children – what would come of this land, the people, and a culture?
Take a look back and imagine what’s ahead during this world premiere exhibition that combines milestone moments, historic images, interactive media, and film to explore Israel: Then & Now.

The Holocaust & Discrimination

Stop the Hate - Grades 6-12

Hate has taken many forms in human history, from global terror campaigns to everyday acts of discrimination. Through study of historical documents and artifacts, group discussion, and writing activities, students reflect on intolerance and oppression. Students consider how those destructive forces can affect the social, economic, and political aspects of a society and identify possibly solutions for advancing inclusivity. This tour offers an interactive experience that complements the Museum's annual $100,000 Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out essay and Youth Sing Out songwriting contests.

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS ANCHOR STANDARDS FOR WRITING CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W; HS OSS, CONTEMPORARY WORLD ISSUES; CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND SKILLS CS6, CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CS10

An Introduction to the Themes of the Holocaust - Grades 6-12

The Holocaust stands as a defining moment of the 20th century, arguably the most violent century in history. Artifacts, photographs, and filmed testimonials by local survivors allow students to analyze historical events while introducing them to aspects of the genocide of European Jewry, including:

  • the rise of modern anti-Semitism and history of anti-Jewish hatred
  • how global economic depression,nationalism, and militarism made government-sponsored mass murder possible
  • the tactics and psychology of propaganda
  • the behavior of individuals under extreme conditions

HS OSS, MODERN WORLD HISTORY: HISTORICAL THINKING AND SKILLS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND CRISES

Optional Extension: Survivor Speaker - Grades 6-12

Hear inspiring first-person testimonies from Clevelanders whose lives were deeply impacted by World War II. 1 hour; additional $2 per student. Limited availability. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Jewish Faith & Tradition

Common Threads of Judaism & Christianity - Grades 6-12

Two faith traditions have helped shape the Western worldview for well over two millennia. Using critical and creative thinking, explore the relationship of Judaism and Christianity from a historical perspective through interaction with Jewish ritual objects, texts, and visual art from around the world.

GRADE 6 OSS, REGIONS AND PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE; GRADE 7 OSS, WORLD STUDIES FROM 750 B.C. TO 1600 A.D.: ANCIENT GREECE TO THE FIRST GLOBAL AGE; OVA, CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING, LITERACY

What Is Judaism? - Grades 6-12

Whether it's as a culture, a religious identification, or an ethnicity, no one way of understanding Judaism is more correct than another. Discover the diversity and richness of Judaism through discussion and the examination of artwork, relics, customs, and practices.

GRADE 6 OVA, RESPONDING/REFLECTING; GRADE 5 OSS REGIONS AND PEOPLE OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE: HUMAN SYSTEMS CS10