Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Youth Education:
Jewish American Heritage Month Resources

Chaplain Alexander Goode (1911–1943)
Gave His Life for the Highest Duty

Commemorate Four Chaplains Day, designated February 3rd by Congress,
with our free educational resources.

Chaplain Alexander Goode student and teacher resourcesThis beautifully designed lesson plan booklet includes the story of the Four Chaplains, background of military chaplains, and guided discussion questions. Suitable for grades 7-12. We also offer companion posters and bookmarks.

To request complimentary printed materials, contact Sam Bass at or (202) 789-0900 by Friday, January 24, 2014.

About the Four Chaplains:

U.S. Army Chaplain Alexander Goode, a rabbi who gave his life in service to his country during World War II. One of the famed "Four Chaplains," Rabbi Goode along with three Christian chaplains gave his life to save soldiers on board the transport ship Dorchester when it was torpedoed and sunk in 1943. Focus is on the role of the military during periods of crisis and the ultimate sacrifice that some individuals chose to make in service to their country.  


President George W. Bush first proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). The new heritage month is an opportunity for educators to heighten awareness of American Jewish history, culture, and heritage. For more information on JAHM, visit