Monday, August 2, 2010

Description of Project 4

Individual experience, community, the calendar, and Jewish national history all help shape Jewish identity. Jews mark the Exodus — in which the nation was liberated — on three occasions: Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Jews also commemorate the destruction of the Temple during four fast days: the Seventeenth of Tammuz, the Ninth of Av, the third of Tishre the Fast of Gedalia, and the Tenth of Tevet.

During the Holocaust, Jews drew strength from commemoration of both festivals and fast days. By observing such occasions, they felt connected to a continuing Jewish legacy that offered hope and lent meaning to their suffering.

Since the Holocaust, the Jewish calendar has adapted to incorporate the Holocaust into its structures of remembrance. Jews established a new memorial day to specifically commemorate this cataclysmic event in modern Jewish history and added meaning to existing memorial days and other occasions.

Project 4 aims to integrate the bonds linking the Jewish calendar, Jewish identity, and collective memory into an educational project. This project will provide teachers with a framework and materials for in-depth educational exploration of the Holocaust, the Jewish annual cycle, and Jewish identity.

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