7th Grade Jewish History – Examining Letters from the Past

Students in 7th grade Jewish History have studied the difference between primary and secondary source materials. Inspired by letters written during Medieval times relating to the lives of Jews in the communities of Europe, students created their own letters from the Middle Ages by employing an aging technique. These letters describe living conditions that existed when the Jewish people were required to reside in ghettos, and they depict not only the economic and social restrictions, but also the more positive aspects such as emphasis on Jewish celebrations and community.