Restoring the American Story: How a global superpower was shaped by Jewish values

On-Demand Recording

In preparation for President’s Day, we’re examining the often overlooked connection between Jewish values and the building blocks of the United States. Our new series, Restoring the American Story, will help students understand the influence that Torah values have had on the moral foundation of one of the world’s biggest superpowers.

Join Sarah Gordon from Unpacked for Educators and Elana Riback Rand from the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University as they take a closer look at how Jewish principles have inspired the U.S. founding fathers, key historical figures and modern day leaders, so that they will see the relevancy of Torah values today.

Elana Riback Rand

Yeshiva University

Elana holds a PhD in Jewish Education and an MA in Curriculum and Teaching. She consults and researches on topics related to the intersection of Jewish education, curriculum development, inclusion, school culture, and religious practice. She currently serves as the educational initiatives project coordinator for the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Unpacked for Educators

Sarah Gordon is the Senior Director of Israel Education – AMER for Unpacked for Educators, a division of OpenDor Media. Previously, Sarah served as the Director of Israel Guidance and Experiential Education at Ma’ayanot High School, where she taught Talmud, and chaired a course on Contemporary Israel. Sarah holds dual masters degrees in Jewish Education and Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University, where she is currently pursuing her Ed.D as a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar.

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