These are the JEWL class offerings for the Fall Term of 2020. ALL CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED LIVE ONLINE and will also be recorded and available to view on demand.
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Please note the grade level range for each class. All students in grades 2-7 are encouraged to take at least one JEWL class each term. Students enrolled in the full Talmud Torah program may take multiple JEWL classes. Any student may enroll in an individual “a la carte” JEWL class, whether their family is a TBI member or not. All the JEWL class topics are intended to offer important elements of Jewish education, so we encourage you to stretch your comfort zone and learn something new.
JEWL CLASSES FALL 2020
w/ Ezra Samuels
Who were the Maccabees? Did the oil really burn for eight whole nights? Using historical records, modern sources, games, and music, students will be able to answer these questions and more as they learn the true story of Chanukah and how it’s celebrated by Jewish communities around the world… and all in time for this year’s holiday!
Let’s take a deep dive into our songwriting craft abilities! In Choir-Tefilla mashup class, we’ll explore fun mashups of prayers with contemporary pop music. We’ll sing current mashup songs, learn new ones written by Mina, and write our own! We’ll use our knowledge of current songs we love, mixing them and mashing them up with prayers we love.
This class will read parts of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot by Jessica Deutsch; this is a graphic novel of Jewish ethics that has amazing black and white drawings of famous sayings from the Mishnah; we will read, discuss and decide on what we feel are the Big 12 Pirkei (Ethics/Values) that we will include in our own graphic booklet that will be created as a group project. The teacher will provide the relevant sections of the book for the students to read.
Heroes of the Holocaust
w/ Sheri Konowitz
The Holocaust is a difficult subject to study at any age, and the content matter can be traumatic and overwhelming. In this class however, we are going to focus on the heroes, sung and unsung, both Jews and gentiles, who did heroic and courageous things in this dark time in history. Our studies will take us across different countries and different ways people chose to make a difference. There may be some media clips and films that correspond with the material, but we will avoid graphic and troubling images as much as possible.
Jewish Artists of Our Time
w/Maya Morris Anderson
In this class, we will be studying different Jewish artists of modern times. We will be exploring these artists’ lives and how they have impacted the world of art. We will then create a piece of art inspired by their style.