About This Site

Created by teachers for teachers, the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources is an ever-growing collection of textual, audio, and visual materials designed to support those who teach modern Jewish literature and culture at the secondary school level and above. The materials are organized into resource kits, each one exploring a thought-provoking text or theme. Each kit includes primary and secondary sources—including poems, photographs, audio recordings, film excerpts, and songs—as well as a guide to using them in the classroom, making it easy for teachers to enrich and expand their curricula.

The resource kits on this site were created by middle and high school teachers, and by college professors, from across the U.S. and Canada. New kits by educators from diverse backgrounds are added to the site regularly. The site was born out of the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop, which brought together educators from Jewish secondary and supplementary schools to read and discuss key works of modern Jewish literature and culture and develop materials to use in their classrooms. 

This site is curated by Josh Lambert, who is the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center, the director of the Great Jewish Books program, and visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Lambert’s teaching and research focus on American Jewish literature and culture, in English and Yiddish. He is the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009) and Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture, which won a 2014 Canadian Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought and Culture and was co-winner of the 2014 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Jewish Literature and Linguistics from the Association for Jewish Studies. Lambert also serves as a contributing editor to Tablet.

Get in Touch

To request resources about a particular text or theme, or to contribute your own teaching resources to this site, please contact Lesley Yalen, education program manager, at lyalen@yiddishbookcenter.org

All materials on this site are intended for educational use only and are provided at no cost. We are eager to appropriately credit the creators and owners of any material we use. If you are the creator or owner of any materials on the site and object to their appearance here or to their attribution, please contact us at lyalen@yiddishbookcenter.org.

About the Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.