Seventh Grade Social Studies classes recently studied figures of the religious freedom movement in Colonial America. In these units, religious freedom upstanders such as Roger Williams, William Penn and Lady Moody of Brooklyn were studied. (Moody, the only woman given a charter of land in the Thirteen Colonies also held the first Quaker meeting in all of North America in her home.)
While studying these important historical figures and how they shaped the nation, news broke of a deadly mass shooting at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill, PA, where Jewish worshipers were targeted. Given the news, the Social Studies classes then incorporated lessons on the history of antisemitism from ancient times, through the Middle Ages, to more modern times.
Students spoke about how they could be allies to victims of persecution and encourage more tolerance in society. As a response, they wrote letters to members of the local Bay Ridge Jewish Center. The letters included heartfelt messages such as "We stand for our community, We stand for diversity, We stand with our neighbor..."
The notes will be delivered to the Bay Ridge Jewish Center by a student who is a member of the center.
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