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Introduction to Jewish History - Part 1

Course Developed by: Aliza Kadish

Introduction to Jewish History - Part 1 represents the first semester of a full-year exploration of major events in the history of the Jewish people. Beginning with the period of the Second Temple, students will be challenged to weave together Jewish history, so often impacted by outside forces and shaped as a result of these forces. Given the many centuries of rich, complicated Jewish history, this survey course will not cover all aspects of Jewish history. Rather, it will offer students the “big picture” of key themes and events. The course is designed to help students increase their historical literacy and ability to make meaning from historical events.


Ms. Kadish is a day school graduate who studied at Machon Gold in Jerusalem after high school and at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She earned her MA in Education from New York University. She taught at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester and at Jacobson Sinai Academy in Miami where she also served as Middle School Director and Assistant Principal. She created the LIT (Leader in Training) program for Broward County teens, tutors for college entrance exams, and coaches teens on executive functioning and study skills. Ms. Kadish is deeply invested in Jewish education and feels that Jewish values strengthen the individual, the community, and the world.