CURRICULUM (THIS SECTION IS CONSTANTLY GROWING AND EVOLVING)
ASK BIG QUESTIONS
Ask Big Questions seeks to deepen understanding and strengthen community through reflective conversations about questions that matter to everyone. No matter our background or perspective, we need opportunities to see and hear each other more deeply – not as labels but as human beings. Conversations that help us connect are essential building blocks for strong and inclusive communities. Big Question conversations support and strengthen civic habits of listening, civility, and engaging diverse perspectives, which are important steps toward better problem solving. Ask Big Questions is an initiative of Hillel International.
- What Advantages Do You Have?
- Who Is In Your Community?
- How Do We Disagree?
- Where Do You Give?
- How Do You Think About God?
- Where Do You Feel At Home?
- How Do We Talk About Israel?
- What Will Your Legacy Be?
- How Do We Love?
- How Do You Recharge?
- For Whom are We Responsible?
- When Are You Satisfied?
- How Do You Say No?
- How Does Technology Change Us?
- What Are You Thankful For?
- What Does The World Need From You?
THE BEN FRANKLIN CIRCLES
The Ben Franklin Circles (BFC) is a collaborative project of 92nd Street Y (92Y), the Hoover Institution, and Citizen University. BFC reflects a shared commitment to fostering civic participation, open dialogue, and ethics-based leadership. For more information, on BFC, click here.
- Ben Franklin Circles Resources
- Ben Franklin Circles Toolkit
- Ben Franklin Circles Jewish Toolkit
- Ben Franklin Meets Pirkei Avot
Jewish Sensibilities are approaches to living and learning that permeate Jewish culture. The ideas, values, emotions and behaviors they express, emanating from Jewish history, stories and sources, provide inspiration and guidance that help us respond creatively and thoughtfully to life’s challenges and opportunities. The term was first introduced by Vanessa Ochs in her 2003 Sh’ma Journal article Ten Jewish Sensibilities.
M² – Value Sparks
Value Sparks are interactive educational resources designed with the signature M² approach: experiential activities using multiple modalities; stimulating values explorations through Jewish texts and ideas; presented in a beautiful, ready-to-use platform.
Each Spark contains multiple activities, exercises and discussion prompts. Use it in full, or choose a small piece to ignite learning (and fun!) among learners, family and friends.
High Holy Day Discussion Guides
Use this resource complied by Rabbi Klass created in conjunction with Rabbi Alan Lew’s book, “This Is Real and You are Completely Unprepared.”
We come upon this High Holy Day season in the midst of a pandemic. This year, the themes of acknowledging what’s broken and seeking wholeness have new urgency and relevance. Even if you do not observe the Jewish New Year, the themes and metaphors of brokenness and wholeness can be a guide to making sense of the past year, and how you move forward.
Death Over Dinner
The way we die is the most important conversation Americans are not having. Talking about death is not easy and we’re not used to it, but we believe that this conversation ultimately helps us appreciate the fullness of life.
We have gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and we have created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment. We invite you to gather friends and family and fill a table.
What to jump right in with our DIY Toolkit and DOD-JE Conversation Cards? Use the link below for our tried and tested resources, along with individualized tools for specific communities (LGBTQ, interfaith, and more)!
- Death Over Dinner Homepage
- Death Over Dinner Video
- Death Over Dinner Toolkit
- Death Over Dinner Library
- American Jewish Archives
- M² – The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education
- Levine-Sklut Library
- My Jewish Learning
- Religious Action Center
- Religious Action Center Social Justice-themed
- Relational Question Bank
- TriBE Cinema Learning
- Union for Reform Judaism
- URJ Ten Minutes of Torah
LEARNING RESOURCES SHARED BY FELLOW TRIBE LEADERS
For more information, please contact Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement or call 704-366-1948.