Cleveland Jewish history will come alive from the pages of 48 years of Cleveland Jewish News editions as the CJN Foundation launches the Ruth B. Cahn Curriculum of the CJN Archive. Teachers are invited to attend free training sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the CJN to learn how the digital archive can be used to enhance their classroom lessons.

The CJN Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with the Cleveland Jewish News, hired local education consultant Leah Weiss Caruso to design archive lessons that complement three curricula that were created by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and are in wide use: Members of the Tribe, which explores beliefs and traditions that hold the Jewish people together; Children of the Holocaust; and Tikkun Olam: Advocates for Change, which helps students understand how they can address social issues. 

The training session will present an overview of the lessons and how to use the digital technology of the archive, which allows users to search in multiple ways for anything published in the CJN since its debut in October 1964. New CJN publications are added each week.

Any school that participates in the training will get free access to the archive for the rest of this school year, to be used by students or staff who utilize any portion of the lessons. The archive is available to CJN print subscribers for an additional $10 per year, and to non-print subscribers for $24.95 per year.

Funding for the curriculum project was donated by Ruth Becker Cahn before her death earlier this year at age 98. She had been a Jewish history enthusiast who supported many community organizations and had worked with the family-owned Miller-Becker Co., later known as The Cotton Club Bottling Co.

WHAT: Free training for educators on using CJN Archive in the classroom

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 3, either noon to 2 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.; kosher meal provided

WHERE: CJN, 23880 Commerce Park, Beachwood

RSVP & INFO: 216-342-5185 or aroyer@cjn.org before Thursday, Sept. 27

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