Introduction to The Soviet Jewry Struggle for Freedom
A variety of lesson plans and activities available below. You can teach one lesson or teach a learning unit using our recommendations.
There are different lessons in Hebrew and in English, due to different material available (books, videos etc). The Hebrew lessons are available HERE
History learning unit - Soviet Jewry Struggle
Civic learning unit - Soviet Jewry Struggle
Film screening & discussion – Operation Wedding documentary
Activity: Present & Protest: get inspired by creative and non-violent 70's protests
How to identify fake news of today from fake news of past Soviet media - Slideshow & Discuss
The growth of the communist regime in George Orwell's "Animal Farm"
Bring (or Zoom in) Refuseniks or Activists to class
Read & discuss: 13 year old against the KGB (short story)
[Tisha B’Av] Hebrew poetry & song (adv): Won’t you ask after, O Zion, the weal of your captive?
Calculated Discussion: Permission To Leave Paradise
1948: The Need For A Jewish State
Watch & Discuss: Freeing Russian Jewry, The Refuseniks
Slideshow and writing exercise: Jewish holidays behind the Iron Curtain
Interpretation of paintings and posters on a Jewish struggle in the USSR
The Refuseniks and Operation Wedding
Sing in Hebrew, “Blue and White are the colors of my land"
The Secrets of Israel -Slideshow & guided discussion
Crossword: Struggle to Free Soviet Jewry
Women of the Refuseniks - video & discussion
"Children's Tale" - slideshow on Jewish children in the USSR - American Soviet Jewry
The death of Stalin in Purim 1953, compared to Haman
Home-made miracles of Hanukkah
Sharansky's matzah in Soviet Solitary confinement