The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation has produced a comprehensive and thought-provoking new curriculum called RESIST. The lessons of RESIST transmit ethics and enduring understandings arising from the stories of the Jewish partisans. RESIST is designed for 6th - 12th grade students in formal and informal settings, and is divided into four main subject areas: History, Values, Leadership, and Heroes.
   Lesson Plans: Designed for formal settings, RESIST Lesson Plans provide educators with ready-to-use 45-60 minute lessons, complete with step-by-step procedures, teacher guides, and illustrations.
   Activities: Geared primarily for informal settings, RESIST Activities use fun and exciting experiential programs to educate teens about the Jewish partisans.
   Study Guides: RESIST Study Guides cover subjects ranging from how partisans lived and survived to how they dealt with antisemitism within their own partisan groups.

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Transform student perceptions and foster a more positive sense of Jewish identity through the history of Jewish armed and unarmed resistance − in as little as 30 minutes. This transformative lesson can easily be integrates into nearly any Jewish context, including history, holidays, b'nai mitzvah/youth group programs (7th grade and above).

Use this inspiring 1-page study guide to teach about the 20,000 to 30,000 men and women (many of them teens) who fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators as Jewish partisans. Includes a survey of both armed and non-violent Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. (For grades 6-12+)

Expand your student's thinking about the spectrum of possible responses to genocide and other forms of aggression − from non-violent to armed resistance. Includes the Resistance Matrix, a new tool for analyzing conflict and brainstorming solutions that you can use throughout the year (9th-12th grade and college).

Use the film Defiance to talk to your students and teens about complex ethical issues through the lens of the Bielski partisans. Are there times when it is morally right to steal, to kill, even to take revenge? Should there be? Includes perspectives from classical Jewish ethics and interviews with Defiance screenwriter, Clay Frohman.

The Bielski brothers--Tuvia, Asael and Zus--commanded one of the largest and most successful Jewish Partisan units. The Bielskis managed to build an entire village inside German territory, rescuing 1,200 Jews by the end of World War II. The guide was written by Bielski biographer, Peter Duffy.

Meet inspiring young women who overcame traditional gender roles to fight the Nazis and help win World War II. Less then 10% of Jewish partisans were women, and they faced even greater challenges than their male counterparts. Accompanies the new Women in the Partisan short film, available online in the Films section.

In this lesson, students will prepare for and engage in a team debate in which they will define the various attributes of a hero using specific examples from the experiences of Jewish partisans. The lesson aims to create enduring understandings about heroism while familiarizing students with the actions of the Jewish partisans. (For grades 6 – 9)

This lesson will challenge students to understand leadership as a set of distinct activities in which anyone can participate. The lesson employs partisan actions as a model of how to understand and exert leadership and aims to enhance a student�s desire and ability to affect a positive change in the world. (For grades 9 – 12)

This lesson will help students to discover that anyone has the potential to become a hero. In defining heroism as possible and accessible, the value of tzedakah will be explored through a study of Maimonides� Ladder, and heroic action will be exemplified through the stories of Jewish partisans. (For grades 6 – 9, strong Judaic content)

Café RESIST is an experiential activity that engages students in discussions about ethical dilemmas encountered by the Jewish partisans throughout World War II. The discussions take place in a relaxed "café" setting that is a contrast to the harshness of everyday life during World War II. (For grades 9-12+)

The ethics of war are confusing. Help your students look honestly at concepts of resistance, revenge and ethics using this lesson. Includes an engaging short-play, which can be used without any advanced preparation. Great for classrooms, youth groups and informal education.

An activity based version of the lesson, "Finding Leadership" - best suited to youth groups, summer camps, and alternative classrooms. This involves role-play with participants "interviewing" five young Jewish partisans to explore issue of leadership vs. authority, and how young people can become leaders in their own lives. Forty-five minutes to one hour. (For grades 9 - 12).

Find out who the partisans were and how they fought the Nazis. Go to the Films section to view the film that compliments this study guide.

Not a study guide at all, but a document for communities wanting to acknowledge the intent of Holocaust Remembrance Day as it was started in Israel, in 1951. Includes a brief history and reading.

Learn how the partisans fought hunger and survived the harsh winter cold. How did they survive? Go to the Films section to view the film that compliments this study guide.

Ben Kamm left the Warsaw ghetto and joined and eventually joined several non-Jewish partisan units. One group liberated 600 Jews from a German work camp.

Gertrude Boyarski joined a Russian partisan unit after her mother and brother were killed, and eventually was awarded one of the Soviet Union's highest medals for bravery after she and a another woman partisan burned down an strategic Nazi bridge.

Frank Blaichman's story is one of a courageous leader of an all Jewish platoon of 100 partisans.

Many Jews suffered from antisemtism in the partisans, even though they were fighting a common enemy. Read this study guide to learn about the role antisemitism played in and out of the partisan units and how it differed from region to region.

Thousands of Jews were saved by Jewish partisans. From protecting and feeding Jews hiding in the forests, to digging tunnels under ghetto walls to bringing people out by the hundreds -- Jewish partisans risked their lives to save others.

Read about Sonia Orbuch, a young Jewish partisan, who fled to the forest with her family and served as a field nurse.

At 15 Joe Kubryk joined a Russian partisan unit in the reconnaissance unit, pretending to be a local beggar, gaining important intelligence from the Germans.

Download and print a JPEF Resist poster featuring Jewish partisan, Eta Wrobel.

Print size: 8.5" x 11"
Print Format: color .pdf

Download and print a JPEF Resist poster featuring Jewish partisan, Eta Wrobel.

Print size: 11" x 17"
Print Format: color .pdf