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Curricula and Educational Resources

Freeman, Susan. Teaching Hot Topics: Jewish values, resources, and activities. Denver: ARE Publishers, 2003. Order from

Freeman, Susan. Hot Topics: A Student Companion. Denver: ARE Publishers, 2005.

Resources, tools, activities, and ideas for teaching “life issues” and ethics to learners of various ages

Freeman, Susan Teaching Jewish Virtues. Denver: ARE Publishers, 1999.

Resources, tools, activities, and ideas for teaching Jewish ethics, and middot(virtues) to learners of various ages.

Love -- All That and More: A Video Series and Six-Session Curriculum on Healthy Relationships. Faith Trust Institute.

This resource includes six-session curriculum (fifty minutes each) with lesson plans, including background materials on healthy and abusive relationships; suggestions for the facilitator; discussion questions; and dynamic, interactive follow-up activities developed primarily for implementation in the faith-based setting. A Jewish facilitator’s guide is available.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: The Youth Program at Shalom Bayit.

A series of healthy relationships workshops that have been developed for middle school, high school, and college-age students and parents by Shalom Bayit, a Jewish response to domestic violence.

Olitsky, Kerry M. Hooking Up, Los Angeles: Torah Aura Productions, 2006.

This instant lesson is about oral sex and the Jewish view of sexuality in general.

Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula, Unitarian Universalist Association.

Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for five age groups: grades K–1, grades 4–6, grades 7–9, grades 10–12, and adults, applicable in a variety of faith group settings. There is a supplement for use in a Jewish setting.

Planned Parenthood.

Local Planned Parenthood chapters have medical and educational professionals available to help provide up-to-date educational programs about sexuality and reproductive health for both teens and parents. Contact your local chapter for assistance.

Prevention Is a Mitzvah: An Instant Lesson. Los Angeles: Torah Aura Productions, 1992.

This instant lesson’s use of halachic sources to prove that the Jewish tradition concerns itself with protecting human life through prevention is the basis for a discussion on safer sex.

Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! Moving Traditions.

This is a values-based, experiential and transdenominational Jewish program for pre-teen and teenage girls in grades 6-12 that strengthens self-esteem and Jewish identity.

When Push Comes to Shove…It’s No Longer Love. Jewish Women’s International.

This dynamic new program on healthy and unhealthy relationships is ideal for a youth group, summer camp, or day school class.

Wise, Ira. Life Choice: An Instant Lesson on Abortion, Los Angeles: Torah Aura Productions.

This lesson looks at the issue of abortion from the perspective of U.S. case law and Jewish legal and ethical experience.

Wolfson, Ron, Content of Their Character: Friendship, Los Angeles: Torah Aura Productions, 2003.

This instant lesson explores the Jewish values around friendship.

Yedwab, Paul. Sex in the Texts. New York: URJ Press, 2001. Order from URJ Books & Music

Teacher’s Guide to Sex in the Texts. Katherine Schwartz. New York: URJ Press, 2001. Order from URJ Books & Music

This high school curriculum will enable students to make connections between the texts and their lives and help them learn Jewish perspectives on sexuality, love, and marriage, as well as topics like deception, abortion, adultery, and rape.


Adelman, Penina, Ali Feldman and Shulamit Reinharz. The JGirls Guide: The Young Jewish Woman’s Handbook for Coming of Age . Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005. Order from

Clapp, Steve, Kirsten Leverton and Angela Zizak. Faith Matters: Teenagers, Religion and Sexuality . Fort Wayne, IN: Lifequest Publishers, 2004. Order from

Fried, Scott. If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love and Staying Alive . Published by Scott Fried, 1997. .

My Invisible Kingdom: Letters from the Secret Lives of Teens . Published by Scott Fried, 2004. .

Haffner, Debra. Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens -- from Middle School to High School and Beyond . New York: Newmarket Press, 2002. Order from

Haffner, Debra. From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children -- from Infancy to Middle School . New York: Newmarket Press, 2000. Order from

Meeker, Meg. Epidemic: How Teen Sex is Killing Our Kids . Washington, DC: Lifeline Press, 2002. Order from

Richardson, Justin & Mark A. Schuster. Everything You NEVER Wanted Your Kids to Know about SEX (But Were Afraid They'd Ask) . New York: Crown Publishers, 2003. Order from


Center for Parent/Youth Understanding - The CPYU is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. Though developed primarily for the Christian community, the CPYU offers valuable resources that can be easily translated into the Jewish context.

Jewish Institute for Youth and Family, Inc. - The Jewish Institute for Youth and Family, Inc., is a nonprofit [(501)(c)(3)] organization whose mission is to develop programs and materials teaching Jewish values to youth and families. JIYF is devoted specifically to developing programs for families with children at the crucial stage of adolescence and young adulthood, when youths form their adult identities.

JVibe - A print and webzine that is geared toward Jewish teens in middle school and high school.

Parent Further - A new resource of the Search Institute, Parent Further offers tips and resources on a variety of parenting issues. - A new website from the Union for Reform Judaism, RJYouthworker offers resources on working with teens and links to many other valuable sites that support the Jewish youth work we do related to many teen issues.

Search Institute - Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

Teen Talk - A sexual health Web site sponsored by Planned Parenthood.


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