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July-August 2012

2012 Summer Institute for Educators

Educators at JWA's 2012 Summer Institute In July, 25 educators from 13 different states and Washington, D.C., spent four days immersed in Living the Legacy, JWA’s rich new collection of teachable material on American Jews and social justice. Funded by the Dorot Foundation, the 2012 Institute focused on the role of Jewish women and men in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements, topics typically not taught in Jewish educational settings. Stream a nosh of video »

Labor Material Added to Living the Legacy

A small garment factory, circa 1910. ILGWU Archives, Kheel CA year ago, educators began using the first half of Living the Legacy (LTL), which brings to life the story of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. This summer, material about the role of Jews in the Labor Movement was added to LTL. Available at no cost on, both modules provide online lesson plans, primary sources, and traditional texts that educators in a variety of settings can use to expand students’ understanding of American Jewish history. Learn more »

Jewish Women at the Olympics--a Tradition

Aly Raisman, courtesy teamusa.orgWere you surprised that Aly Raisman—a young Jewish woman—performed her floor exercise to "Hava Nagila" as the U.S. women gymnasts won the team gold medal at the 2012 London games? Would it surprise you that one of JWA’s Women of Valor is "Bobbie” Rosenfeld, a Canadian Jew who won two medals at the 1928 Olympics? Would you expect searching for “Olympics” to yield over 20 results, including 11 Encyclopedia articles? Jewish women have a surprisingly rich history of Olympic competition. More »

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This Week in History
On August 2, 1932, Lillian Copeland won a gold medal in discus at the Olympic games in Los Angeles.
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Top image: Gus Freedman

Middle image: Detail from "Photo of a Small Garment Factory." ILGWU Archives, Kheel Center, Cornell University.

Bottom Image: "Aly Raisman," courtesy

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