|JEWISH MULTICULTURAL CURRICULUM PROJECT:|
|Pioneering a new vision for education in the 21st century.|
The Jewish Multicultural Curriculum Project (JMCP) is a national project to diversify Jewish education and to offer Jewish multicultural training seminars to educators and community leaders from all backgrounds. Loolwa Khazzoom is the founder and director of this project, which she conceived in 1995 and launched at a local religious school in 1999. In 2001, Khazzoom joined forces with Tsippi Gabai, the assistant director at Tehiyah Day School, who had developed a middle school curriculum on North African and Middle Eastern Jews. Between the efforts of these two leaders, the JMCP curriculum has been successfully test-run on hundreds of students from elementary to middle school age, over a three year period. At this time, pieces of the curriculum are available for educators, as are Jewish multicultural training seminars for organizational staff. By Summer 2003, a comprehensive curriculum and resource guide will be available for teachers, camp counselors, and youth group leaders across the country.
The JMCP's fiscal sponsor is Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, CA – a nonprofit organization in operation since 1979. Tehiyah is committed to serving a diverse student body, maintaining academic excellence, and instilling in its students a love of learning, respect for individual differences, and a deep appreciation of Jewish values and culture. Additional project participants include JMCP coalition members such as Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, CA, which received a Federation grant to implement pieces of the JMCP curriculum in 2002. The staff recently went through an introductory Jewish multicultural training seminar to prepare teachers for working with the project. For more information about how your organization can get involved in the project coalition and sign up for this seminar, please contact the project director.
This site is currently under construction. Please stay tuned for a guided tour through the project over the past three years.