May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Here are Resources for Maine teachers and students.
In April, we remembered the Holocaust. In May, we remember the history of Jewish Mainers and their contributions right here in Maine.
Here are some resources for Maine teachers and students to find inspiration and content for lessons and assignments.
Documenting Maine Jewry
- Learn about the history of Maine Jewish communities in Maine or learn about a specific Jewish community in your area of the state: https://www.mainejews.org/HomePageCommunities.php
- Take a more chronological look at Maine Jewish history: https://www.mainejews.org/HomePageYear.php?city=&KeyYear=
- Focus on themes like migrant experience, religion, or tensions here: https://www.mainejews.org/HomePageThemes.php?city=
Maine Jewish Museum
The Maine Jewish Museum celebrates and honors the contributions and diversity of Maine’s Jewish immigrants in the context of the American experience. Through exhibits, programming, and dialogue the Museum seeks to build bridges of appreciation and understanding with people of all backgrounds.
- Learn about notable Jewish Mainers by visiting the Museums Maine Jewish Hall of Fame: https://mainejewishmuseum.org/maine-jewish-hall-of-fame/
Maine Jewish Film Festival
The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience.
- Free Online Film & Discussion (Updated periodically): https://mjff.org/year-round/culture/cairo-to-cloud-online/
Jewish Community Alliance of Maine
- Maine Jewish Community Directory to find synagogues, organizations and clubs: https://www.mainejewish.org/communityimpact/communitydirectory/
- JCA Virtual Experience: https://www.mainejewish.org/jca-virtual-experience/
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