Do Not Stand Idly By (Private-Religious)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 What actions will benefit others and thereby make this world a better place? How can I fulfill my responsibility to take part in these activities? 


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Unit Overview 

This unit emphasizes the responsibility of every individual to strive to make the world a better place, a concept known in Judaism as tikkun olam. Students learn to appreciate this task can only be accomplished collaboratively. They meet many Jewish "heroes" who have passed on a legacy of fulfilling acts of kindness. 

Service Experience 
In Lesson Three, students plan and execute a service project of their own in an attempt to increase the number of kind acts in their community.
Lessons in This Unit 
Do Not Stand Idly By (Private-Religious)
Lesson 1 of 3

This lesson will introduce students to the idea that everyone must play a role in perfecting the world, a concept known in Hebrew as tikkun olam. Modeling the concept of tikkun olam as a collaborative effort will put the overwhelming task within the students’ reach. Students will understand that they too can help shape their surroundings.