Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) has a number of curricula designed for building an understanding of Jewish history, culture, and practice. Even though several of these lessons are connected with specific exhibits that are no longer on display at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, they still provide great ways of understanding unique stories about Jewish life in Wisconsin and beyond.
Primary sources are central to Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s narrative. Each of these pieces offers students the chance to explore history through these important artifacts, documents, pictures, and oral histories. JMM will update this list and add more resources weekly. If you have questions about this material or need more information, email Ellie Gettinger.
Includes an introduction to the Hollywood Blacklist, with a glossary and timeline. In addition to providing a background on this era, this curriculum addresses issues related to civil liberties and censorship. There are also lessons that connect with the introductory video for this exhibit.
Highlights the story of a letter and 8 dress designs that were sent to Milwaukee in 1939 in the hopes of getting visas to come to this country. In addition to JMM’s intro video for this exhibit, Milwaukee Public Television produced a short documentary about the making of the exhibit and JMM has created a playlist featuring the artists at the Milwaukee Rep who created the dresses at the center of this traveling exhibit.
Milwaukee’s Mildred Fish Harnack was the only American executed on direct orders of Adolf Hitler. She was part of an underground network of Germans trying to take down the Nazi regime. Learn more about this remarkable woman through her letters to her mother, presented in this curriculum or through this documentary.
Explore the antisemitism that led to the creation of Mount Sinai Hospital and Brynwood Country Club. A number of arenas like higher education, social clubs, and professions like law and medicine, limited Jewish involvement during the 20th Century. Check out these Milwaukee examples to understand the broader scope of this exclusion. This includes some very timely information about American eugenics philosophy and the way it impacted legislation in the 1920s.
Jewish businesses have grown and changed from small fruit stands to massive national chains. Learn about Milwaukee leaders like Nate Zelazo and Harry Soref whose ingenuity changed the way we fly airplanes and lock up.
Understand the history of Milwaukee’s Jewish immigration through this resource. It is designed to highlight the five waves of immigration and the challenges that new Jewish emigres faced coming to this country. There are shorter lessons about specific experiences taken from oral histories and primary sources. These include: The Settlement Cook Book, Golda Meir, Central European Immigration, Eastern European Immigration, Holocaust-related Immigration, and Soviet Immigration.
A by no means comprehensive list about everything about Judaism, but a great way to learn some basics about Jewish history and religious practice.