Peoplehood is Here to be Re-Envisioned, A response to Steven Windmueller
- Ask students to post a question on their Facebook pages – “What does Jewish Peoplehood mean to you?” – and discuss the results in class, as well as in a blog post. Then circulate the blog post on Twitter, inviting additional comments on the blog.
- Complement classroom discussion on the meaning of Peoplehood by creating a password-protected blog that’s accessible only to students and their parents to host ongoing conversations based on classroom topics or current events/recent articles.
- Start a Facebook page devoted to a cause or an issue (can range from fun to grassroots awareness-raising).
- Collect a certain amount of money from the class and have a conversation about crowdfunding – online methods of fundraising including Indiegogo, Kickstarter and Jewcer, as examples. What is the role of the perks in their decision-making? What makes a perk meaningful? And how much does the awareness of their friends’ choices factor into what they decide? Then decide, as a class, where the money goes and why.
- Find some interesting (Jewish) projects around the world and engage in a values and philanthropy conversation. Use articles from eJewishPhilanthropy to talk about trends in philanthropy, where the greatest needs are, and what’s important to them and to the world.
- Create the 2013 version of a pen pal program. Identify similarly-aged students in other cities and countries through youth groups or communities of innovators and creative thinkers like the ROI Community (roicommunity.org) or through using the Limmud network. Engage in conversations about what’s important to them Jewishly and the challenges of living Jewish lives in their respective communities.
- Use Facebook and/or a blog to host a virtual professional network of educators that share challenges, troubleshoot solutions, crowdsource new tools and ideas and serve as a support community.