Q: Can you clarify the different types of Coming of Age materials available?
A: There are two aspects to the Coming of Age program, and they can be used separately or together:

  • The Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now website is a free, interactive curriculum resource that is designed for middle and high school students to explore Holocaust history, and themes of identity, and personal responsibility. Featuring first-person accounts of young people who survived the Holocaust, Coming of Age integrates compelling videos, narratives, and primary documents with online discussions and engaging activities. This resource can be used in the classroom or at home.
  • The Museum offers a tour based on the Coming of Age curriculum that presents the history of the Holocaust through the eyes of young people who went through it.

Q: What is the Coming of Age curriculum?
A: The Coming of Age curriculum includes twelve stories of Holocaust survivors and one story of an individual who grew up in the Mandate of Palestine during the same period. Each story reflects unique, individual experiences, and as a group, the stories provide a library of resources for learning about the Holocaust through personal narratives. The curriculum was developed specifically for young people and uses age-appropriate concepts and language, prompting thoughtful reflection on responsibility, identity, and community. The website includes the Coming of Age curriculum as well as additional interactive activities.

Q. What is the cost for the materials?
A. There is no charge to use of the Coming of Age website, although participants do need to register. The hard copy Coming of Age curriculum costs $125, plus shipping.

Q: Can Coming of Age as be part of a Mitzvah project or for students studying for their bar or bat mitzvah?
A: This resource is useful for exploring themes about coming of age. It explores the themes of becoming an adult and accepting new personal responsibilities. It is designed to work well in conjunction with bar and bat mitzvah projects.

Q: Can we use Coming of Age as part of public school education about the Holocaust?
A: Yes, the themes are universal. In the Coming of Age website there are summaries of the stories which are useful in choosing the stories that are most appropriate for your students. There are references to aspects of Jewish culture, but all terms are explained and can be easily understood in a public school setting.

TOP: An image from Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now. Collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

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