Lily’s Legacy: Voices and Visions of Liberal Judaism has launched an Education Tookit for schools and chederim.
Covering key stages 1, 2 and 3, the educational materials focus on the vision of Lily Montagu – one of the founders of Liberal Judaism – and how our movement still enacts those ideals of equality and change today.
From its very foundations, Liberal Judaism has championed gender equality and inclusivity. Liberal Jewish services have made significant departures from Orthodox worship and continues to evolve and change.
Like Lily Montagu herself, Liberal Judaism has remained committed to the needs and future of its young people and champions social justice, often in partnership with others, and looks beyond the needs of the Jewish community.
The Education Toolkit teaches all of this by using the voices and stories of Liberal Jews of all ages, backgrounds and parts of the country. It builds on the recent wonderful Lily’s Legacy online exhibition.
Educator Thamar Barnett produced the Toolkit, working together with the Lily’s Legacy Youth Advisory Group. In a blog to celebrate its launch, Thamar wrote: “This education resource is very much told by the people. Using the rich visual archive, short films have been cut. It provides context and enables people to learn from and about Lily through the voices of those actively engaged within the Liberal Jewish movement. It also highlights the continuity and the change that Lily advocated and that tradition and change can live side by side.”
For those at school or cheder – learning about Lily’s life, religious vision and achievements provide opportunities within History, Religious Education, PSHE, and Citizenship.
It includes scope to explore differences within the Jewish community and can help towards formulating an answer to the question of ‘what is faith’ and ‘what faith means to individual people’.
Lily Montagu’s legacy and Liberal Judaism’s focus on social action can also encourage and inspire young learners to look at their community and enact positive change.
To find out more, including the aims and learning outcomes, and download the Education Toolkit please click here.
Lily’s Legacy Project Manager Shaan Knan said: “It has been such a pleasure working with Thamar and the Youth Advisory Group on the production of this resource. A huge thank you to everyone involved.”
Liberal Judaism CEO Rabbi Charley Baginsky added: “This is a landmark project for Liberal Judaism showing how our movement has led the way on so many issues for more than 100 years – and I can’t wait to see it used in our Liberal Judaism chederim and religion schools.”