What was life like for Jews living in the Ottoman empire? When and why did  Jews migrate to those lands? When and why did they emigrate from there?

This resource explores the backgrounds, traditions, challenges and accomplishments of the many different communities of Jews who lived in the Ottoman empire. Thought provoking discussion questions and creative learning activities such as researching specific Jewish communities within the Ottoman empire, are included in this resource.

The learners will:

  1. understand the challenges that Jews living in the diaspora hundreds of years ago encountered, and how this impacted their Jewish identities

  2. know the reasons why Jews settled in the Ottoman empire, as well as some of the unique characteristics and legacies of some of the Jewish communities established there.

  3. be able to compare and contrast the Ottoman community with their own community, noting how they believe the latter might be remembered hundreds of years from now

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Computer, Projector, student handout, chart paper and markers

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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