JEWL Classes Winter 2021

These are the JEWL class offerings for the Winter Term of 2021.  ALL CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED LIVE ONLINE and will also be recorded and available to view on demand.

Sign-ups are live HERE!

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.


Lifecycle Rituals
w/Sheri Konowitz
Wednesdays 5:15-6:00 pm
grades 5-7

From birth to death and everything in between.  A big part of Judaism is marking life cycle events in meaningful ways. Students will experience a lifetime of rituals in just ten weeks of this short class in a very hands-on creative way. Be prepared to bond, connect, laugh, kvell, and grieve with each other in this short span of time.  Note that we would like all students to take this class during their time at Talmud Torah.  If your 6th or 7th grader has not yet taken this class, they should try to take it this term.  It is offered once a year.


Introduction to Trope
w/Mina Wegner
Wednesdays 5:15-6:00 pm
grades 4-7 (priority given to grades 5-7)

We will explore the trope system for reading Torah.  Learn the melodies and symbols that make up our trope formula, which will give us the skills to “crack the code” of any Torah portion.  Extremely useful for b’nei mitzvah preparation!


What Really Happened? (Bible Stories through Artifacts)
w/Rabbi Yisraela Tubman
Wednesdays 5:15-6:00 pm
grades 2-5

In ancient times history-writing and storytelling were two faces of the same coin.

Fringes, chariots, golden calf, precious stones, copper, gold and silver.  What do these things have in common?  They are magnificent artifacts that archaeologists have introduced to us from their many excavations of places we read about in the Bible.  We will read some famous stories from the Bible and learn through the stories and artifacts all about what really was happening long ago and what it looked like.  Join Rabbi Yisraela as we explore the past.


Pirkei Avot – Jewish Ethics Part 2
w/Rob Stein
Sundays 12:45-1:30pm
grades 4-7

This class is a continuation of the Fall term Pirkei Avot class, using the creative graphic novel The Illustrated Pirkei Avot by Jessica Deutsch.  We will continue our study of this very popular and important book in the Talmud where we examine values that our ancestors taught and see which make sense for us today. We will develop the ‘Top 13 Midot’ (values) as a class and will create a poster of one of the quotes for their home.  The teacher will happily deliver the book at the discounted price of $20 to your home (sliding scale).  Note: This is a standalone class, with new content not previously covered in the Fall Term.  The previous term is not a prerequisite.  Students who took Pirkei Avot in the Fall are invited to continue in the class, and new students may also join in.


Trees, Treats, and Tradition: Let’s Celebrate the Winter Chagim!
w/Noa Cohen
Sundays 12:45-1:30pm
grades 2-5

Despite the cold winter weather, Jewish tradition offers us fun winter holidays for feasts and treats! Students grades 2 to 5 are welcome to join us as we explore winter holidays through games, arts-and-crafts, storytelling, and music. The holidays we will explore include: the festival of the trees, Tu Bishvat, in January; the remarkable story of Queen Esther of Persia, Purim, in February; and the incredible Jewish journey out of Egypt, Pesach, in March. Looking forward to learning about trees, treats, and tradition this Winter term with you!