This week I'm going to help you welcome the Shabbat with news about my new, innovative digital story and lesson plan series -- Shabbat Around the World. In fact, if you look to the right of this post, you will see that I am already featuring it on my website, where it is available exclusively.
I've wanted to do this project for a while. The reason is that I am a huge fan of Shabbat and I want Jewish children to become Shabbat enthusiasts as well, especially since the concept of a day of rest is one of Judaism's greatest gifts to the world.
As you know, I'm a collector of customs and I have been collecting unusual, fun, interesting Shabbat customs for the past six years.
I have hired a wonderful illustrator -- Iris Gat -- and you can already see a sample of her work on the pages you will link to.
I also know my limitations. I am not an educator, so I've hired Barbara Garber -- an American Jewish professional learning consultant who is trained in Understanding By Design curriculum development, has extensive experience in developing lesson plans and activities, coaches teachers and gives professional workshops. Along with my idea input, Barbara has developed unusual, interdisciplinary lesson plans. You can see two sample lesson plans on my website as well.
So let's get going together. As you begin planning next year's curriculum, consider this innovative way of presenting Shabbat through a series that introduces students to unique customs focusing on the Jewish nation's diversity.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.