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Skirball Cultural Center

Visions and Values Curriculum

Curriculum | For students

Large replica of liberty torch in the Vision and Values gallery

Explore the stories and artifacts featured in the Skirball’s permanent exhibition, Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America. Drawing on Jewish traditions, these FREE lessons invite young people of all cultural backgrounds to explore their family histories, create original works of art, and become agents of change.

Lesson Plans

Introduction

Welcome to the Skirball

Learn about the Skirball Cultural Center, our essential Jewish values, and the exhibition that inspired this curriculum.

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Lesson 1

Build Community

Consider personal and cultural values and engage in writing and discussion activities to identify shared classroom values.

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Lesson 2

Honor Memory

Listen to the true story of one family’s journey from Eastern Europe to the United States more than one hundred years ago. Then make connections to life today.

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Lesson 3

Seek Learning

Get to know more about a loved one or role model and create a work of art that can help carry these stories from one generation to the next.

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Lesson 4

Pursue Justice

In the spirit of tzedakah, or "justice" in Hebrew, identify a need in your community and make a plan to effect change.

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Introduction and Lessons 1–4

Full Collection

Download a zip file with the introduction and all four lessons.

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Curriculum Extension

  • Community Collage

    Build upon the Honor Memory lesson plan with this collage-making activity developed by Los Angeles artist Stephanie Mercado. Combine Mercado’s illustrations with personal artwork and photos of family and friends to express the memories, values, and ideals you carry wherever you go.

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    A collection of colorful cut out illustrations, including plants, a candlestick, shoes, a suitcase, and a typewriter.