May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Here are Resources for Maine teachers and students.

Teacher-Resources

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

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.

Jewish Community Alliance of Maine

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