These are the JEWL class offerings for the Fall Term of 2019. Sign up opens at 1 pm on Friday, 9/13/19. There will be a live link from the Talmud Torah home page at that time. Class sign up is first come, first serve, as long as students are in the right age range. All students in grades 2-7 are encouraged to take at least one JEWL class each term. All the JEWL class topics are intended to offer important elements of Jewish education, so even if you don’t get into your first choice, stretch your comfort zone and learn something new. JEWL classes that don’t have at least 6 students are likely to be canceled, so please encourage your friends to sign up too!
Let There Be Art
w/Natalia Koval and Hayley Short
Come explore Torah and holidays through painting scenes from Genesis and Exodus with Natalia and creating comics /visual storytelling with Hayley. Both gifted artists will teach some technique and give instruction on their art medium.
Israel from Torah to Today
Where is Israel? What is Israel? Why is Israel important to Jews? This introductory class will touch on key points in Israeli history to help our students cultivate a deeper understanding of our collective relationship with Israel, as well as jump-start their journeys toward their own personal relationships as well.
The People of the Poem
In this class, we will read a variety of short texts, ranging from excerpts of ancient texts to poems and short stories by contemporary Jewish writers. We will discuss the texts and follow prompts to produce our own creative work interpreting the themes. Students will have the option of making visual art pieces as well as creative writing pieces.
Why is Chanukah eight days long? Who were the Maccabees, what were they fighting for, and who were they fighting against? Why do American Jews celebrate Chanukah the way we do? In this class we’ll unpack all the different stories about the holiday and determine which parts are history, which are legend, and how the holiday is relevant to us today.