To help advance the White House’s recently released U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, JIMENA curated this collection of lesson plans and educational units on antisemitism and Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews. JIMENA was privileged to participate in White House listening sessions when they were designing this historic strategy and we commend them for Strategic Goal 1.1 which includes the following language:
“In addition to learning about the horrors of the Holocaust, students should learn about global histories of antisemitism. This should include histories of antisemitism experienced by Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews—who trace their ancestry to Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa—and their stories of exclusion, persecution, and expulsion. Students should also learn about the history of antisemitism in the United States as well as contemporary manifestations of antisemitism. Educators need readily available quality resources to enable such education.“https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/U.S.-National-Strategy-to-Counter-Antisemitism.pdf
As a long-standing leader in educating the public on the histories of Jews from Middle Eastern and North African countries, JIMENA looks forward to continuing our work to educate students and adults on the rich histories of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews from North Africa and the Middle East. For background information and guidance on how to use this collection, please click here.