Jewish Time Jump: Judaism, Text Study, and Labor (Module #3)
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Jewish Time Jump: Judaism, Text Study, and Labor (Module #3)

grades:  Middle School (6-8) 

Lesson Summary:

The Jewish Time Jump: New York lesson plans were created by Jewish Women s Archive in partnership with ConverJent: Games for Learning. There are four modular lesson plans for 5-7 grade that can be used on their own, or in conjunction with the place-based augmented reality game Jewish Time Jump: New York which is currently available on iPhone and iPad.

The four lessons include:
The Immigrant Experience in NYC, 1880-1920 (Module #1)
Strikes and Unions (Module #2)
Judaism, Text Study, and Labor (Module #3)
Contemporary Labor Issues (Module #4)

In this module, students will study several traditional Jewish texts and apply the concepts in these texts to the stories and characters in the game and think about the lessons Judaism teaches about the responsibilities of workers and employers.

Enduring Understandings:

1. Traditional Jewish texts provide guidelines for relationships between employees and employers.
2. In real life, individuals must interpret Jewish texts to understand how Jewish thought could be applied.
3. Judaism teaches that basic human needs include those of the body as well as the soul.

Essential Questions:

1. What do human beings need to live, in addition to the basic necessities of food, water, and shelter?
2. What do traditional Jewish texts teach us about the responsibilities of both workers and employers?
3. How do traditional Jewish texts challenge or support the actions of both workers and employers in 20th century New York?

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

Lesson Plan Components

For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

Materials and resourcesmore


(accessible via link below, in "procedure" section)

  • Making a Case Worksheet
  • Create Your Own Business Worksheet
  • copies of texts for document study
  • white board or butcher paper
  • poster board
  • pens/pencils
  • paper
  • Optional: video recording equipment


Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

Music Connectionsmore

Evidence of Learningmore

• Students will be able to explain the concept of "human needs" in their own words, to include physical needs as well as spiritual and social needs.
• Students will be able to connect specific passages or phrases in traditional Jewish texts to the goals or experiences of Jewish workers and employers in the labor movement.
• Students will formulate an opinion about the relevance of traditional Jewish text and thought to the responsibilities of workers and employers.


Lesson Contributors

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