Emily Weisberg

Emily Weisberg is a Jewish Education Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves. She received her BA from American Jewish University and her Masters Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Emily works with Day Schools, Congregational Schools and local organizations to help bring Facing History’s unique, impactful pedagogy and resources to teachers and students across Southern California.

Recent Posts

Break the Ice: 4 Favorite Activities from the LA Staff

Posted by Emily Weisberg on August 11, 2015

Building on our webinar for creating a safe, reflective classroom community, this week each LA Program staff member of Facing History and Ourselves has shared their favorite community-building activity. Here is our final activity - rounding out our set of four!

One of my favorite go-to activities is “Human Bingo.” It takes a little work on the front end but provides a great platform for a group to learn more about one another in a guided, fun way.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Teaching Strategy, Breaking the Ice

Hope for the Future

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 11, 2015

This week featured a series of blog posts from the students and teachers involved in an exchange between two Los Angeles middle schools: Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school. Today we conclude with final reflections from the teachers, Rebecca Berger and Aysha Mehdi.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Facing Stereotyping and Discrimination

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 10, 2015

This week we feature a series of blog posts from the students and teachers involved in an exchange between two Los Angeles middle schools: Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school. In this post, we hear as students from both schools reflect on the week. In accordance with school privacy policies, students are identified only by initials.

When the students from New Horizon visited Sinai, and when we went to New Horizon, I realized just how much we have in common with the Muslim students my age. We both share the struggle of discrimination and freedom of religion while living in America.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Discovering Community

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 9, 2015

Students from Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school share their experiences of participating  in an exchange between the two schools, both located in Los Angeles. In accordance with school privacy policies, students are identified only by initials.

My expectations for the exchange were very low. I was very unsure about meeting the students at New Horizon, thinking that my buddy and I wouldn’t have much in common.I doubted that we would connect on any level, because of our different religious beliefs.I didn’t expect to learn much about Islam, or see any thread between Islam and Judaism, however, I was very wrong.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Muslim – Jewish Exchange Days at Los Angeles Schools

Posted by Emily Weisberg on June 8, 2015

This week we feature a series of blog posts from the students and teachers involved in an exchange between two Los Angeles middle schools: Sinai Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, and New Horizon School, a Muslim day school. Today we hear from the two lead teachers involved: Aysha Mehdi and Rebecca Berger.

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Topics: Jewish Muslim student exchange, A View from the Classroom

Jewish and Muslim Students Find Friendship Where They Expected Difference

Posted by Emily Weisberg on May 14, 2013

I’ll admit it. When I was first told about the school exchange between Sinai Akiba Academy middle school students and the middle school students from New Horizons, an Islamic-based school, I was dubious. I pictured a room full of children seated across each other, shifting in their seats uncomfortably as teachers dutifully explained how much the two faiths had in common. Eye rolls, brief head nods and snack time would follow, with students clustered in bunches, talking in hushed voices about the “other” kids standing a few feet away. A photo op, yes. A rich, meaningful experience that truly changed the way these children viewed each other, certainly not.

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Topics: Los Angeles, Social and Emotional Learning, A View from the Classroom

And the Award Goes To...

Posted by Emily Weisberg on February 25, 2013

When I was 12, I was stuck at home the entire summer with my leg in a brace, recovering from knee surgery. My Dad, never one to miss an opportunity, decided this would be the perfect time to give me a crash course in cinema. A film buff, my Dad had waited all twelve whole years of my life to show me the films that shaped, inspired and entertained him and now, because I couldn't outrun him, he was going to pass those films on to me.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Critical Thinking, In the news

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