I am posting links to 2 sample Power point Jewish history presentations to the Slide Share website - www.slideshare.net. The first entitled “The Miracle of Jewish History” focuses on the miracle of Jewish survival through our long history. I show this Power point both at the beginning and at the end of the year. I show it the beginning even though many students don’t know all of the events but many do know enough to relate to it. By the end of the year, after we have covered a good portion of the material, they can really put the whole picture together and see Jewish history from a broad perspective.
Although the slides depicting suffering and persecution are depressing there are a number of points which I believe are uplifting and can inspire the students. First, the very fact that the Jewish people have been able to survive is in of itself a miracle. From its earliest beginnings
A second message is that not only have we survived but we have flourished despite the trials, tribulations and persecutions. The Jewish people have been at the forefront of the societies they lived in terms of Nobel prize winners and in our contributions to the world in the areas of science, technology, etc. More important we produced great works of Jewish scholarship in the areas of Bible commentaries, Talmud, halacha, moral works and Jewish thought. All of this is a testament to our determination to retain our identity and traditions and to our faith in G-d, especially during the terrible times. You may view the Power point at the following URL - www.slideshare.net/joesonnen/miracle-of-jewish-history.
The second Power point features one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls. Included in the presentation are essential accounts of the discovery itself, the types of scrolls found and why they are so important to Judaism and Christianity.
I have embedded clips from the news channels and various science museums such as the
Throughout the year the video clips have enlivened the subject material immensely. History and Jewish history can be a dry and boring subject for many students and the images, documentaries, news items clips really brought the material alive. I hope sometime by the of June to make the series of DVDs available and will post again when they are ready.