After the Deadly Shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue: Resources for Educators

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On October 27, 2018, a gunman armed with an assault rifle and several handguns, entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and opened fire. Described as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the U.S., at least 11 congregants were killed and four police officers and two others were wounded. It was the deadliest attack on the U.S. Jewish Community in history.

In the wake of this tragedy and beyond, young people have questions about what happened and what they can do. Below are curriculum and other education resources to support this discussion in your classroom and home. These discussions can be a time to not only talk about this particular tragedy. They can also be a chance to discuss what we can do in the face of hate and injustice in general and what actions we can take to promote an equitable and inclusive society.

Webinar

Anti-Semitism in the Headlines: Talking about Pittsburg

This webinar shares information about the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue and its foundation in anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant bias. Also provided are resources for teaching students about historical and contemporary anti-Semitism and resources to support difficult conversations with students around this event.

Lesson Plans on Anti-Semitism

Challenging Anti-Semitism: Debunking the Myths and Responding with Facts

Elementary School,
Middle School,
High School
This curricular unit includes multi-grade lessons that provide students with a basic understanding of Judaism and the cultural, historical and religious aspects of the U.S. Jewish community and offer facts to refute anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes and ways to effectively respond to anti-Semitic incidents.

Educator and Parent Resources for Discussing Issues of Racism and Anti-Semitism with Young People

Teaching Tools and Strategies

5 Tips for Talking with Children about Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers

In the aftermath of the recent series of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and day schools across the country and other acts of anti-Semitism that have been widely reported in recent weeks, the Anti-Defamation League is making available the following tips for responding to threats, violence, terrorism or other incidents of hate. 

Backgrounder on Anti-Semitism

A Brief History of Anti-Semitism

This backgrounder provides information on the worldwide persistence and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism in society today.