Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Friendly, Participatory, Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Seven-Session Class on Black History Begins Jan. 18

By Jay P. Goldman, Editor, Tikvat Israel Bulletin

Jerome Price

Richard Montgomery High School teacher Jerome Price will lead a multi-week course, “Seven Chapters in African American History,” for Tikvat Israel members and others in January and February.

The seven-session course, which starts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will examine the history and culture of the African American experience. It will begin and end with candid conversations and reflection on the recent nationwide protests with special attention to the social justice protests that took place over the summer in Rockville.

The course, which was arranged by Rabbi Marc Israel and will take place on the synagogue’s Zoom videoconferencing channel, will trace the struggle for African American equality on a range of topics. Participants will hear oral presentations and analyze both primary and secondary sources to engage in meaningful dialogue as a community. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to take part.

A week-by-week outline of the series appears here. Each class, except the kickoff session, starts at 8 p.m. and will run about 90 minutes. Tikvat Israel members may participate at no charge. The cost for non-members is $54 for the series. The opening session at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, is free to all with all ensuing sessions at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Register at https://tikvatisrael.org/africanamericanhistory or call the Tikvat Israel office at 301-762-7338.

Price is a teacher of Advanced Placement U.S., Honors U.S. and African American history at Richard Montgomery, where he serves as faculty adviser of the Jaguars Scholars Leadership Program, an award-winning organization to build leadership capacity of African American and Latino students.

He was awarded the Milton Wolf Prize in teaching from Centropa, a Jewish historical institute based in Vienna, Austria. Price was honored for building a lesson plan around the history of humanitarian aid in Sarajevo, where the Jewish community aid society opened its synagogue to its neighbors – Muslims, Serbs, Croats – during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

After graduating from Denison University in 2012, Price joined Teach for America in Washington, D.C. He earned a master’s degree in education at George Mason University. He taught at a middle school before moving up to Richard Montgomery.