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My Students Say They’re Cultural, Not Religious… is a Course

My Students Say They’re Cultural, Not Religious…

Ended Dec 5, 2017

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Description: “My students say they’re cultural, not religious…” Sound familiar? Well don’t worry! The Yiddish Book Center is here to help. We’re a center for the study of modern Jewish culture based in Massachusetts, and trust us, we’re way past bagels and Seinfeld. In this session, participants will study and discuss several of the texts featured on Teach Great Jewish Books, the Yiddish Book Center’s growing collection of textual, audio, and visual materials designed to support those who want to engage people in conversations about Jewish culture. The materials are organized into resource kits, each one exploring a thought-provoking text or theme, and they include texts by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Leah Goldberg, Emma Lazarus, and many others. The emphasis in this session will be on discovering modern Jewish texts that ask questions compelling to Jews today, and on thinking about how these texts can be taught in Hillel settings in ways that are engaging to students. The goal is to invite students into the great conversation among Jews, and between Jews and other people, that crosses generations and oceans, and happens within the realm of literature and culture.

Instructor: Lesley Yalen is the education program manager at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, where she organizes programs in modern Jewish literature and culture for teens, teachers, and adults of all ages. She is also a poet whose first book, The Hearts of Vikings, was published in 2015.

Intended Audience: Open to all.