Teachers & Students
Lesson Plans and Programming Opportunities for Youth
The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience provides engaging educational programming for K-12th grade students that enrich Common Core State Standards. From in person and virtual tours to programs touching on immigration, civil rights, the Holocausts and more, your students will gain new perspectives by using the experience of a people with a distinct culture and history, to demonstrate the splendor of the American tapestry.
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MSJE offers on-site field trips to students in the 3rd – 12th grades. Field Trips at MSJE are interdisciplinary, object based, and encourage critical thinking. They focus on the unique and little-known history of Southern Jews to encourage students explore concepts of identity, diversity, and acceptance. All field trips consist of an interactive guided tour in our galleries and a hands-on
program that enrich classroom standards.
After getting an idea for the right fit for your students, fill out the Field Trip Form. Questions? Please contact Lizzi Meister, Public Programs Manager at 504-384-2480 x 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Horizon Bank is generously sponsoring all 2023 Field Trips for Louisiana and Mississippi students to MSJE! All Louisiana and Mississippi field trip goers will also receive a free ticket to come back with their family!
Southern Jewish Leadership (6th – 12th Grade)
Learn from the experiences of southern Jewish leaders, who engaged deeply in their community to better understand yourself as a leader.
Interpreting the Past: Understanding objects (5th – 9th Grade)
Learn how to look at and consider artifacts as part of the historical record. This inquiry based program encourages students to ask questions about an object in order to understand their context.
Both/And (9th – 12th Grade)
Students will explore their complex both/and identities through our both/and identity of southern and Jewish.
Strangers in a Strange Land (3rd-5th Grade)
Explore how immigrants to the United States found their way in their new home – the struggles and triumphs of becoming American, of becoming part of the southern community. Students will explore times they felt like a stranger in a strange land and ways they welcome people to their community.
A Vital Part of the Community (6th-8th Grade)
Explore how Jewish people were and are a vital part of their community. Students will dive into the histories of some of New Orleans vital community members to better understand their own identity.
Field Trip FAQs
How much do field trips cost?
- **Are you a Louisiana or Mississippi educator? First Horizon Bank is generously sponsoring all 2023 field trips for your students! MSJE will be able to welcome local Louisiana and Mississippi schools for a free interactive field trip, and each student will receive a ticket to come back with their family.**
- Student tickets are $10 and include a tour and a program
- 1 Chaperone for every 10 students is required and receives a complimentary ticket. Any additional chaperones will require a ticket.
How many students can I bring at once?
- MSJE can accommodate up to 50 students Wednesday – Monday and 65 students on Tuesday. If your group is larger, contact email@example.com to discuss options to split your group.
What about lunch?
- MSJE does not sell any food or drinks, though a lunch space is available to be used. There is not a place to store cold lunches. All food must be arranged by the school.
Is there a place to park our bus?
- Bus parking is available for two school buses outside the Museum. Please communicate bus needs during booking.
Can my students buy souvenirs?
- The Museum Store will be open and accepts cards and cash.
Standard Aligned lesson plans that draw on MSJE’s collection to lead in YOUR classroom.
MSJE will come to you (virtually)! Click on the programs below to learn more about each virtual opportunity.
My Southern Jewish Experience
During this program, we will explore 4 artifacts in the MSJE collection to learn more about the southern Jewish experience. Students will get a hands-on (or screen-on) interaction with each of the stories we talk about.
Student writing, photo and essay contests. Click on the opportunities below to learn more.
2023 Middle School Essay Contest
Open to 5th – 8th graders in the 13 region MSJE represents, students are invited to write <500 word essay on the prompt, “If you were building a Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, which 3 things would you put in it? Deadline for Submission is March 20th, 2023. Click below for more contest details.