Build a Jewish Sustainable City

Goals:* To learn to apply responsibilities and values in the “real” world

  • To learn to need for compromise
  • To learn Jewish values related urban planning

Duration: 25 minutes

Materials: Build your city worksheets, pencils.


1) Divide students into groups of 2-4 students

2) Read the rules for play

The Teva Educators need a new place to live. Your help is required to build us a new city in accordance with Jewish law and environmental sustainability,

i. Sit down with your group and examine the Jewish texts provided below. Use them and your groups knowledge to choose a development strategy for your new city

ii. Study the city components available for purchase.

iii. Your group has $5,000 to purchase city components for your new city. You must purchase at least one item from each category.

iv. Compromises will be required as it may be impossible to purchase your ideal item in each category.

v. If time permits, create a drawing or model of your new city.

vi. We will reconvene to share our city plans.

3) Give the students 15 minutes to accomplish their task

4) Return together, have each group share their city (and drawing if time permits)


What compromises where you forced to make?

What items did you want no matter what the cost and why?

Were you able to balance personal, communal and environmental needs?

Materials developed by Noam Dolgin and the Teva Learning Center.

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