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Grade 7 | Grade 8 | Grades 9-12

Grade 7

You need to choose ONE course from the TRIMESTER 1 and ONE from either Trimester 2 or Trimester 3. Please include the “Facing History” Course as one of your choices. (can be in any of the trimesters).

Trimester 1 (September – December 2016)

Facing History: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:15pm – Rabbi Jim Stoloff
We use the highly acclaimed curriculum “Facing History and Ourselves” to explore identity, moral decision-making and history. Through studying ourselves, our identities and our relationships with our peers and those in the world around us, we learn about the much larger lessons of compassion, empathy, and justice in our world today. Our study culminates with a look at Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and what we can learn from it. We use first-hand material, testimonies and also invite survivors to speak to our group.

Blessing Bootcamp: Wednesdays, 6:00pm-6:45pm – Rabbi Melissa Buyer
This Blessing Bootcamp Course is completed approximately 9 months before your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Learn the chanting, go over the Hebrew and practice the blessings and prayers you will need for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The option to “test out” of this course is available so that you are free to choose other courses during this trimester. Please contact Rabbi Buyer at rabbibuyer@tinyc.org if you would like to test out of Blessing Bootcamp.

Guitar: Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm – Sheldon Low
Learn guitar with national touring Jewish Rock musician and educator, Sheldon Low. While focusing on chords, students will learn to play simple songs using newly learned chords, strum patterns, and simple improvisation techniques. Students will have the skills to lead songs in our services—you can claim community service credits for helping to lead Rockin’ Shabbat, Religious School Tefila etc. No previous musical experience required. If you do not have your own guitar, please let us know in advance and we will try and arrange one for you.

 

Trimester 2 (January – March 2017)

**BY INVITATION ONLY**
Torah Trope: Mondays, 6pm-7:15pm – Cantor Irena Altshul
Learned your Torah portion by listening to recoded mp3? Looked at the text of your Torah portion and said: what are these confusing signs? You might’ve even asked how do you know how to chant it? Well now it’s your turn to learn “our secret code of Torah chanting”. You will be able to sight read the Torah!

Blessing Bootcamp: Wednesdays, 6:00pm-6:45pm – Rabbi Melissa Buyer
This Blessing Bootcamp Course is completed approximately 9 months before your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Learn the chanting, go over the Hebrew and practice the blessings and prayers you will need for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The option to “test out” of this course is available so that you are free to choose other courses during this trimester. Please contact Rabbi Buyer at rabbibuyer@tinyc.org if you would like to test out of Blessing Bootcamp.

Facing History: Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm – Rabbi Jim Stoloff
We use the highly acclaimed curriculum “Facing History and Ourselves” to explore identity, moral decision-making and history. Through studying ourselves, our identities and our relationships with our peers and those in the world around us, we learn about the much larger lessons of compassion, empathy, and justice in our world today. Our study culminates with a look at Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and what we can learn from it. We use first-hand material, testimonies and also invite survivors to speak to our group.

 

Trimester 3 (April – June 2017)

Facing History: Mondays, 6pm-7:15pm – Rabbi Jim Stoloff
We use the highly acclaimed curriculum “Facing History and Ourselves” to explore identity, moral decision-making and history. Through studying ourselves, our identities and our relationships with our peers and those in the world around us, we learn about the much larger lessons of compassion, empathy, and justice in our world today. Our study culminates with a look at Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and what we can learn from it. We use first-hand material, testimonies and also invite survivors to speak to our group.

Judaism Through Sport, Mondays. 6pm-7:15pm – Shahar Peled
In this course, participants will learn about Jewish values and Judaism through different kinds of sports, Krav Maga, self-defense, basketball, and many more. Play sports in a totally new way!

Soul Food: Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm
Why is food so central to Judaism? Why do we eat certain foods at certain festivals? And what is a bialy?! Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring, tasting and learning about the culture of food in Judaism. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or intolerances.

Grade 8

Please choose one course (you may do more!)

Trimester 1 (October – December 2016)

Facing History: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:15pm – Rabbi Jim Stoloff
Open to those who missed out in the 7th grade year:
We use the highly acclaimed curriculum “Facing History and Ourselves” to explore identity, moral decision-making and history. Through studying ourselves, our identities and our relationship with our peers and those in the world around us, we learn about the much larger lessons of compassion, empathy, and justice in our world today. Our study culminates with a look at Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and what we can learn from it. We use first-hand material, testimonies and also invite survivors to speak to our group.

Hadracha (Leadership training): Tuesdays, 6pm-7:15pm
This course is a must if you would like to be a Teaching Assistant here at Temple Israel Religious School and is also invaluable if you would like to pursue further leadership positions in your regular school or external clubs. Our Hadracha (leadership) course, covers the fundamentals of leadership training. By the end of the course, the students will have been trained with peer-leadership, older-to-younger leadership and will have the tools to be a productive and skilled leader. Interactive and engaging workshops. Bring enthusiasm and an open mind and you will be ready to change the world!

Guitar: Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm – Sheldon Low
Learn guitar with national touring Jewish Rock musician and educator, Sheldon Low. While focusing on chords, students will learn to play simple songs using newly learned chords, strum patterns, and simple improvisation techniques. Students will have the skills to lead songs in our services—you can claim community service credits for helping to lead Rockin’ Shabbat, Religious School Tefila etc. No previous musical experience required. If you do not have your own guitar, please let us know in advance and we will try and arrange one for you

 

Trimester 2 (January – March 2017)

**BY INVITATION ONLY**
Torah Trope: Mondays, 6pm-7:15pm – Cantor Irena Altshul
Learned your Torah portion by listening to recoded mp3? Looked at the text of your Torah portion and said: what are these confusing signs? You might’ve even asked how do you know how to chant it? Well now it’s your turn to learn “our secret code of Torah chanting”. You will be able to sight read the Torah!

Hadracha (Leadership training): Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm
This course is a must if you would like to be a Teaching Assistant here at Temple Israel Religious School and is also invaluable if you would like to pursue further leadership positions in your regular school or external clubs. Our Hadracha (leadership) course, covers the fundamentals of leadership training. By the end of the course, the students will have been trained with peer-leadership, older-to-younger leadership and will have the tools to be a productive and skilled leader. Interactive and engaging workshops. Bring enthusiasm and an open mind and you will be ready to change the world!

Facing History: Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm – Rabbi Jim Stoloff
Open to those who missed out in the 7th grade year: We use the highly acclaimed curriculum “Facing History and Ourselves” to explore identity, moral decision-making and history. Through studying ourselves, our identities and our relationship with our peers and those in the world around us, we learn about the much larger lessons of compassion, empathy, and justice in our world today. Our study culminates with a look at Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and what we can learn from it. We use first-hand material, testimonies and also invite survivors to speak to our group.

 

Trimester 3 (April – June 2017)

Judaism Through Sport, Mondays. 6pm-7:15pm – Shahar Peled
In this course, participants will learn about Jewish values and Judaism through different kinds of sports, Krav Maga, self-defense, basketball, and many more. Play sports in a totally new way!

Facing History: Mondays, 6pm-7:15pm – Rabbi Jim Stoloff
Open to those who missed out in the 7th grade year: We use the highly acclaimed curriculum “Facing History and Ourselves” to explore identity, moral decision-making and history. Through studying ourselves, our identities and our relationship with our peers and those in the world around us, we learn about the much larger lessons of compassion, empathy, and justice in our world today. Our study culminates with a look at Nazi Germany, The Holocaust and what we can learn from it. We use first-hand material, testimonies and also invite survivors to speak to our group.

Soul Food: Wednesdays, 6pm-7:15pm
Why is food so central to Judaism? Why do we eat certain foods at certain festivals? And what is a bialy?! Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring, tasting and learning about the culture of food in Judaism. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or intolerances.


Grades 9-12

As part of your “Limud” (learning) section, you will need to select 2 MAJORS which take place as part of the Academy Sunday night events – various Sundays, 5:30pm-8pm.

Session 1

Israel: Old Songs, New Voices, One Soul – Faculty: Rabbi Buyer
The Israel of the Media is presented as a country and people fraught with difficulty, complexity and challenge. Yet the Israel presented of her musical artists is much more nuanced. Join Rabbi Buyer for an exploration of 5 classic Israeli songs that have been remade and adapted anew by contemporary Israeli artists in the last few years, giving us a fascinating window into the developing soul of Israel. All are welcome, but especially those traveling to Israel with us, seeking to understand better the land, people and questions facing a new generation of Israelis.

Doc-Jew-Mentary – Faculty: Laura Schultze
Interested in film-making or documentary? Create your own group film project at Academy! Learn about the key elements of documentary film making and create a documentary about your Jewish experience: interview a Holocaust survivor, a day in the life of a Rabbi… the possibilities are endless!

Hebrew Refresher for teaching assistants – Faculty: Shahar Peled
Recommended for teaching assistants working with grades 3 and above. Refresh your basic decoding skills by going over letters, vowels and sight-reading.

 

Session 2

Model Knesset – Faculty: Rabbi Buyer and Shahar Peled
You’ve heard of “Model UN”… now it’s time for model Knesset! Learn how the Israeli political system functions, discover what makes Israeli politics unique and use those skills in a simulated
Knesset meeting where we will debate key issues facing the Reform Jewish community in Israel today. Suitable for all, but particularly beneficial for those interested in politics, economics and world policy.

Surreal Judaism – Faculty: Laura Schultze
Explore the surrealism and cubism of Marc Chagall, and the pop art movement of Andy Warhol, both Jewish artists. Learn about the different styles of art, and create your very own Chagall or Warhol project to be displayed in Temple Israel!