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Learn about the Mitzvot and brave actions of Jewish Heroes in history through an enriching curriculum based on Kar-Ben books. Click the pictures to access the lesson guides.

Learn about the reward of giving in secret. Gain an understanding of Natan Sharansky and his fight for the Soviet Jewry. Be given a unique aspect of the famous mime Marcel Marceau and his role during World War II. Finally, be inspired by a friendship cultivated through similar and shared experiences. These lessons are suitable for Grades Kindergarten through 5.

Even at the age of nine, little Golda Meir was known for being a leader. As the American Young Sisters Society president, she organizes her friends to raise money to buy textbooks for immigrant classmates. A glimpse at the early life of Israel s first female Prime Minister, who was born in Russia and grew up in Milwaukee, this story is based on a true episode in the early life of Golda Meir.

Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir's First Crusade

In WWI and WWII, young Henryk Goldszmidt dreamed of creating a better world for children. As an adult, using the pen name Janusz Korczak, he became a writer, doctor, and an enlightened leader in the field of education, unaware to what use his skills were destined to be put. Dr. Korczak established a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, where he introduced the world to his progressive ideas in child development and children s rights. When the Nazis occupied Warsaw, the orphanage is moved to the ghetto, and when the 200 children in his care are deported, Dr. Korczak famously refuses to be saved, marching with his charges to the train that will take them to their deaths. This biography of Janusz Korczak is a chapter book for elementary school readers and has full-color illustrations.

Janusz Korczak's Children

Jewish philanthropist Judah Touro sets out from Boston to New Orleans in 1801, dreaming of becoming a successful shopkeeper. With his skill in business, he earns a great fortune. But, after an injury on the battlefield in the War of 1812, Judah begins to see the world through new eyes. He recognizes that his true calling may be to help others. Grateful and humble, Judah begins to perform philanthropic deeds, large and small—all in secret.

Judah Touro Didn't Want to be Famous.

It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she performs for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night.

Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house, Marian, who endures constant discrimination as a Black performer, learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany. She discovers their shared passion for music—and their shared hopes for a more just world.

The Singer and the Scientist eSource

This graphic novel biography is the story of Soviet Jewry "refusenik" and human rights activist Anatoly "Natan" Sharansky. Born in 1948 to a Jewish family in Ukraine, at that time part of the Soviet Union, he was arrested as a young man and later imprisoned for leaving the Soviet Union and going to Israel. His struggle became the struggle of all Soviet Jews who wished to leave. With the help of his wife, many Jewish activists, and world leaders, he eventually succeeded in immigrating to Israel, paving the way for the release of other Soviet Jews who wished to live in freedom.

Natan Sharansky: Freedom Fighter for Soviet Jews