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Texas Jewish Immigrant Traveling Trunk Program

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Ever wonder how long it took for nineteenth century immigrants to travel to America? Ever had the opportunity to share original documents from 1900 with your students? Ever discussed the diversity of religious communities in Texas ? Explore these topics and more with the Texas Jewish Immigrant Experience Traveling Trunk, a hands on educational opportunity containing artifacts, photographs, maps and three lesson plans to teach students about nineteenth century European immigration to the American South and how these Jewish immigrants made an impact on their communities. Jews have always been a tiny minority of the South’s population, and yet they have forged communities and preserved their religious traditions for over 160 years. This exploration of Southern Jewish heritage leads students to an important understanding and appreciation for our region’s culture and diversity. This part of Texas history will help students understand and appreciate issues of social justice, diversity, mutual respect, and civic engagement.

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