Vanessa Hidary's "The Hebrew Mamita"

Resource Kit by
Hannah Kalson

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“The Hebrew Mamita” is Vanessa Hidary’s signature slam poetry piece. Hidary is a Sephardic-Ashkenazic American Jewish performer and writer whose work focuses on stereotypes of race and ethnicity. She consistently returns to a deceptively simple question: What does “Jewish” look like to you? This kit presents resources to help teachers teach the poem and Hidary’s performance of it, so as to raise questions about Jewish identity, diversity, and cultural appropriation.

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