Winter Trimester Dates: December 2, 9 16 January 6, 20, 27 and February 3, 10
Winter Electives (Weeks 1-4)
Digi-Tal(mud): Jewish Coding before the WWW – Alex Malanych
Long before the World Wide Web came to be, rabbis and Jewish scholars were creating texts that act a lot like websites—creating connections and “links” between Torah, other writing, and their everyday lives. Together, we will learn about how the sages designed their pages to discuss the world around them and design our own digital versions with the basics of HTML and CSS!
Jewish Taboo: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll – Rabbi Alex Greenbaum
What else needs to be said? Can Jews? Should Jews? Would Jews? Rabbi Alex will challenge your assumptions and help you explore the shouldas, wouldas, and couldas of Jewish living.
Café Aroma – Barak Naveh<
How can young Israelis afford the rising cost of housing in Israel, or the decline in social services like health and education? Should the Ultra-Orthodox be exempt from serving in the military? Should there be mandatory service in the military at all? Explore the hottest topics today for someone living in Israel. When Israelis sit down for coffee with friends, what do they debate about?
Electives (Weeks 4-8)
Jewish Big Questions – Rabbi Alex Greenbaum
Is God real? Is the Bible true? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why pray? What’s the meaning of life? Why So Many Rules? Why Be Jewish?
Wonder Woman – Hannah Kalson
Many classic superheroes are the creation of Jewish artists — and now Israeli actress Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman for a new generation! Explore what makes Wonder Woman Jewish and what it means in Judaism to be a hero, through the lens of the 2017 film.
Being Jewish in Public School – Barak Naveh
We will explore what it means to be Jewish in a Christian majority when it comes to holidays, racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism. You will have opportunities to share stories and problem solve as together we will figure out how to remain proud Jews in a non-Jewish world.
8th The Good Place – Chris Herman
What on the surface is a comedy about heaven and hell is actually a deeply philosophical adventure. One of the many topics covered in the show is the notion that just performing good deeds to get into the Good Place doesn’t count. You have to act morally for its own sake, rather than out of a desire to attain a reward. Just like in The Good Place, in Judaism doing good things purely to get a reward doesn’t really count as good. So why do we do good things? What are the mitzvot in the Torah meant to teach us or represent?
9th Grade: Cool Jew: The ultimate guide for every member of the tribe—Barak Naveh
Celebrate every aspect of who you are. Decode contemporary Judaism and its cultural and creative expression. Dive into everything from identity, rituals, clothing and cuisine, to holidays, spirituality, diversity, and language. Jew got questions? Jew got answers.
10th Grade: Be The Change
We are living in a world faced with huge social challenges. More than ever teens are becoming involved in these issues and raising their voice to make a difference. In this experience, students will learn how to speak up for what they believe in and take an active role in making a difference. Students will have the opportunity to attend the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), where they will have an impact our country as they share their views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill.