Ancient Artifact Activities was developed as a collaborative project between Emory University, the Carlos Museum, and a local synagogue. After being implemented in the classroom successfully for two years, we decided to create this website so as to make these teaching resources publicly accessible.

Hebrew School Curriculum

Working with Machaneh Shai Hebrew school at Congregation Shearith Israel in Atlanta, we developed this curriculum as a supplemental hands-on learning opportunity for the fifth grade Hebrew School class. The core components of their program that we sought to incorporate into the curriculum are:

  • Jewish Holidays
  • Torah
  • Jewish Identity
  • Ethics/ Mitzvot (commandments)
  • Hebrew/ Tefillah (prayer)
  • Israel


“My son has really enjoyed these activities, and I am so happy that he is getting this additional perspective during Hebrew School.” -Parent

“It was really interesting hands-on learning. Making and creating the perfumes was really cool and was something unique that I’ve never done before.” -Student

About Us

Maxine Faass graduated from Emory University in 2019 with majors in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Chemistry. Her studies of ancient archaeology and biblical Hebrew led to an internship at the Carlos Museum where she developed the original lesson plans and activities.

Sakura Price studies English and Humanistic Studies at Princeton University, focusing on connections between literature and the visual arts. She developed content and designed the website as part of a remote internship with the Carlos Museum.

Renée Stein is Chief Conservator at the Michael C. Carlos Museum where she oversees the treatment, preventive care, and technical study of the collection. She is a lecturer in the Art History Department at Emory University teaching classes and supervising student internships.

Nancy Gorod is Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Shearith Israel in Atlanta, Georgia, where fifth grade students and teachers in the Machaneh Shai education program experienced the original lessons and activities.

Nate Block is a communications designer and Jewish educator in Atlanta, Georgia who partnered in the initial planning of lessons and activities.