You may order this DVD and related material by clicking on the image on the right or "The Art of the High Holidays (JAJC)." Follow the instructions on the Product Page. For assistance in ordering, or for more information about this project and the work of JAE, call us at 1-888-315-8671, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the first time, teachers in our synagogues and other religious schools now can teach important concepts about the Jewish people to our children through the visual arts.

Thanks to Jewish Art in Jewish Classrooms, our children will gain a new understanding about the Jewish holidays by viewing how arts through the ages have portrayed Jewish customs (like Maurycy Gottlieb's 1878 painting, Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur) and taking part in discussions and projects built around these visuals.Gottlieb-JewsPrayingInTheSynagogue1878

For a nominal cost, schools can purchase The Art of the High Holidays for use for Rosh HaShanah in 2014/5775. The program includes:

  •  A full curriculum for each grade from Kindergarten throught Fourth Grade, developed especially for the learning level of each group, built on a proven teaching method to bring out questions and interest in the visuals;
  •  A support and training program to explain best practices for using the materials; and,
  •  A supplementary eight-minute film with explanations from a rabbi and art education expert, on the relationship between the customs and practices of the High Holidays and the artworks that have been associated with the holiday for over the past 600 years.

For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

Why Visual Arts?

This program, which derives from our JAJC initiative, provides a fully evolved, nondenominational curriculum for the use of teachers who wish to educate children in Jewish Day Schools and Synagogue Torah Schools on the powerful role that the visual arts have played in Jewish civilization as a carrier of symbolism, meaning, time, and place. Mosaics from the ancient world and manuscripts from the medieval world (like Blowing the Shofar, a woodcut) give substance to Jewish life and experience for those times and places. 

Blowing-of-Shofar-1Ceremonial/ritual art (Judaica) provides a view into the Jewish world during and after the Enlightenment. Jewish artists appeared in the modern world by the 19th c. and were joined by Jewish themes in the 20th c. Today, the opportunity to create art in the Jewish world flourishes. So there are many examples to explore -- from Marc Chagall's dream world to Mark Rothko abstractions.

The Teaching Method

The educational program utilizes the Inquire/Observe/Understand (I.O.U.) educational methodology developed by JAE's founder following the completion of her doctoral candidate program at the University of Kansas. The I.O.U. method provides the conceptual structure for exploring and understanding the history and cultural values expressed through art. The teaching philosophy is compatible with the Reggio Emilia Approach, whose  principles focus on respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.

More About our Program

Learn about one artist in our video, Tobi Kahn, whose work, Patuach, Sagur, Patuach: Open, Closed, Open, is featured in the discussion of Tashlich.

For more information about this project and the work of JAE, call us at 1-888-315-8671, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is a short clip of the type of material that JAE will include in the film for JAJC project.