From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation: History through Sources

Downloadable Curriculum-Based Classroom Resources


From Generation to Generation, History through Sources updates a collaborative project of Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland’s Bureau of Jewish Education, known today as the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. This project from the 1980s, From Generation to Generation, History Through Images, offered teachers a set of document facsimiles that examined the contributions of Jews to Cleveland, Ohio. The revised project adds resources related to significant contributions of Jews in the later twentieth century.

The resources here include unit plans on specific topics and reproductions of documents and photographs. Units focus on food and culture, Jews in public life, the reaction in Cleveland to the rise of Nazism in Germany, the move to Cleveland’s suburbs, and the movement to aid Soviet Jewry. The unit plans include objectives, questions to consider when examining the documents, suggested learning activities, and extended learning activities. Reproductions of documents and photographs support the objectives of the units.

Explore this program using the links below. Due to the file size, please allow a moment for these files to open.

All Levels

Introduction, From Generation to Generation, History through Sources
Description of Units, From Generation to Generation, History through Sources

Level: Elementary School

Foodways, Unit Plan
Foodways, Additional Materials

Jews in Public Life
Level: Middle/High School

Jews in Public Life, Unit Plan
Jews in Public Life, Additional Materials

Reaction to Nazism
Level: High School

Reaction to Nazism, Unit Plan
Reaction to Nazism, Additional Materials
Reaction to Nazism, Document Analysis Guide

Move to the Suburbs
Level: Middle/High School

Move to the Suburbs, Unit Plan
Move to the Suburbs, Additional Materials

Keeping Kosher
Level: Middle/High School

Keeping Kosher, Unit Plan
Keeping Kosher, Additional Materials

Soviet Jewry
Level: Elementary/Middle School

Soviet Jewry, Unit Plan
Soviet Jewry, Additional Materials
Soviet Jewry, Extended Learning: WRHS Soviet Jewish Oral History Project Interviews

This project was researched and produced with generous support from Sally H. Wertheim, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Special thanks to educators Sylvia F. Abrams, Channah Appel, Sharon Korman, David Reich, Iree Reich, and David Saginor.