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Religion in Diaspora: How did a Shofar Come to the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

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Social Studies +5 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This teaching collection asks students to consider a Jewish ritual object, the shofar, as an entry point to discuss the transmission of traditions and beliefs across the globe. Using Project Zero looking and global thinking  routines, students can examine images of shofars, listen to shofar music,  explore photos from African American Jewish communities,  and consider how traditions and religious beliefs are carried around the globe with their practitioners. The activity concludes with a discussion to foster in students a broader understanding and appreciation of today’s complex world.

Shofar

National Museum of American History

See Think Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Shofar n.d. Drawing

National Anthropological Archives

Ram's horn from Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Shofar n.d. Drawing

National Anthropological Archives

Container:Hebrew Lettering on Side Shofar n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Object n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Object n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Ethrog Shofar

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ethrog Shofar

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sampler

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The 3Ys: Project Zero Global Competency Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

The Ethiopian Hebrews (Falashas) In The Western Hemisphere

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Children Studying

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rosh Hashanah

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Young Men in Prayer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Men in Prayer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Women Singing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Community in Prayer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rabbi and Founder Wentworth Arthur Matthew with Torah Scroll

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Young Female Choir

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Prayer shawl from Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

National Museum of African American History and Culture