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/
The Latest from HHRC
On May 30, 1921, rumors about an encounter between a black teenage boy and a white teenage girl began to circulate throughout the city of Tulsa. The boy was arrested and an investigation ensued. After an incendiary report in the Tulsa Tribune, African Americans who had confronted a white mob retreated to the Greenwood District, a wealthy and affluent black business community in Tulsa.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel
If you’re looking for resources or assignments to give students to help learn more about World Cultural Diversity Day and how cultures help shape who we are, you’ve come to the right place!
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
In the month of April, we observed Genocide Awareness Month. The month of May happens to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and it just so happens that Phuc Tran, a Vietnamese-American Mainer just published his memoir, Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In