Authentic Service Learning through the Mitzvah Program at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

By: Mrs. Edith Horovitz
from Martin J Gottlieb Day School

Category:
Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
Gemara, Halacha, Mishnah, Tanach, Jewish Customs and traditions, Dinim U'Minhagim

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, Constructivist, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
6th, 7th and 8th

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Middle school, High school

The mitzvah program at the Martin J.Gottlieb Day School was first introduced as an integral part of the middle school curriculum 22 years ago. The concept was based on the idea that after students studied Tanach, Jewish laws and customs, they were more likely to understand and accept the mitzvot if given the opportunity to put them into practice. It was also believed that students who became part of their community at large with service projects would grow to understand both their responsibility to the community and their ability to make a difference even at the young age of 11.

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