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FIRST HOUR CLASSES

LEGACY IS MORE THAN JUST TZEDAKAH: FROM SPORTS TO POLITICS
Peter Teitelbaum (Grades 8 - 10) 6:30 – 7:25

Jewish History or Ethics

A.J. Green, Mark Bloomberg, Mother Teresa, Bernie Madoff, George H.W. Bush: each of these people have cultivated a legacy that will last long after they pass away. What do you want your legacy to be? Come to my class and leave invigorated with a plan for how to take action in your life. We will think about and engage in projects designed to teach you how to live a life mindful of your future legacy so that you do not leave anything to chance.


JED TALKS
Phylicia Dashoff (Grades 8 – 10) 6:30 – 7:25

Ethics or Conservative Judaism

Have you ever found yourself amid a passionate monologue about a subject that matters to you and subconsciously finished with “and thank you for coming to my TED talk?” Then this is the class for you! JED Talks (J standing for Jewish, of course) is a class offering teens the opportunity to create their own version of creative TED Talks as their final project, based on important Jewish cause, issues, and organizations in the community. With different guest speakers and topics to choose from, different pairs will work together to create their own JED talk. As a class, we will dive into subjects such as the intersection of Conservative Judaism and youth groups, the survival and security of the Jewish people and community in our nation, and more!


MOOT BEIT DIN COMPETITION: MAKING THE CASE IN A COURT OF JEWISH LAW


Lowell Lustig (Grades 9 - 12) 6:30 -7:25

Ethics or Torah & Text

Do you have aspirations to dazzle a panel of judges or mesmerize a jury? A select group of students are training to participate in the RAVSAK moot court competition in Jewish Law and compete against each other. You will: Learn how to: Identify the legal issues in a case invoking Jewish Law following the study of Jewish texts (in English) on the issue. Build a legal argument and anticipate questions from the judges. Think on your feet while serving as a member of the Beit Din – a court of Jewish Law.


RESISTANCE AND RESCUE
Deborah Netanel (Grades 10 – 12) 6:30 – 7:25

Holocaust

What is our responsibility to others in times of need? What does learning about the choices people made during the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazi Party, and the Holocaust teach us about the power and impact of our choices today? What factors influence the extent to which we feel an obligation to help others? How does the way we view others influence our feelings of responsibility toward them? This class will explore these challenging questions and will include film clips, primary sources, photographs and testimony.


TEFILAT HaLEV

Ashley Barrett (Grades 10 - 12) 6:30 -7:25

Prayer

Pray a lot? Pray almost never? Want to learn more about prayer? Maybe it has been a while? This semester we will dive into prayer. A great opportunity to look deeper into what do we say and when do we say it. We will examine prayer through contemporary music and we will add modern voices to the mix. We will interact with modern writers of prayer and create our own prayers.


EXPLORING ISRAEL – THROUGH THE DECADES

by the Chaverim M’Israel (Adi Itscovich & Asaf Munk) (Grades 8 - 11) 6:30 – 7:25

Israel or Jewish History

Israel is 70!! The country has grown up quickly through the past 7 decades. Come and explore with us the unique components of each decade, the innovations, the people, and the changes in cultures and the country! A quick trip through Israel and its history – with your favorite FRIENDS from Israel, the Chaverim!




SECOND HOUR CLASSES

SENIOR SEMINAR
Rabbi Ben Chaidell (Grade 12) 7:35 - 8:30

Conservative Judaism

In this seminar we will journey together through the transformation that occurs in senior year from high school to college and adulthood. We will create a safe and brave space to support one another in the excitement and the anxiety of this year. We will discuss issues relevant to our lives such as building healthy relationships, justice issues, Israel, and strategies to set us for success both professionally and personally. There will be a special focus on developing your own Jewish (and overall) identity so you are equipped with the competence and confidence to make the most of college. We will discover that the Jewish tradition can guide us through this major life transition, as it does other major life moments. I look forward to joining you on this special journey.


PLAYING THE GAME
Rabbi Noah Ferro (Grades 8 – 11) 7:35 – 8:30

Ethics and Conservative Judaism

We're all trying to find a life that's uplifting, satisfying, and fulfilling. So is that what we mean when we talk about "winning" at life? And where does Jewish tradition fit into all of this? Is it possible to "win" at Judaism? This course will focus on three key areas: Game studies, game theory, and Jewish living. We will explore what makes a game fun or stimulating, how games and other simulated situations teach us about making choices, and how different people play the "game" of Judaism.


ONCE UPON A TIME…THE STORY OF JEWISH STORIES
Ashley Barrett (Grades 9 - 11) 7:35 - 8:30

Torah and Texts or Jewish History

Do you love a good story? Wish you had more time to just do some reading or free writing? Want more of Amos Oz, Anita Dimant, and David Grossman? Or maybe you don’t know them at all? This is the class for you! In this class we will explore the world of Jewish fiction. And harness our power of the pen. Over the course of the semester students will walk away with knowledge about Jewish literature and its authors. We will read excerpts from various authors. And you will have a great summer reading list by the end of the course. As a class we will also dive into our own writing and each student will develop a writing practice.

ISRAELI CULTURES THROUGH THEIR FOODS
Chaverim from Israel (Adi Itscovich & Asaf Munk) (Grades 8 - 10) 7:35 - 8:30

Israel

A hands-on class exploring the various cultures of Israel. Learn about Jews from Iran, Morocco, Yemen, Europe, and even Ethiopia through their cultures and their food. Be prepared each week to make and taste a special food from each culture. Yum!


DID SOMEONE SAY THEATER?
Zak Lempert (Grades 8 - 11) 6:30 - 7:25

Jewish History or Ethics

What does it mean to be Jewish... on stage? Together, we'll build our improv skills, perform some one act plays, and top it all off with a performance at the end of the year. "What plays?" you might say. Well, thank you for asking! Over the course of the semester, you'll have the opportunity to pick the pieces we work with. Get excited to explore Jewish identity... on stage!


THE JEWISH LENS: EXPLORING VALUES AND COMMUNITY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
Susan Farber (Grades 8 - 11) 7:35 - 8:30

Ethics

This class will show you that you are indeed a photographer. We will explore Jewish ethical concepts and challenge ourselves to portray them through photographs. We will use the work of contemporary photographers to discover the art of photography and how it connects us to the local and global communities. Along the lines of connecting with a global community, we will utilize contemporary methods of photo sharing. We will learn about the basics of capturing a photo and explore various methods of photo editing. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in Cincinnati, and some photos may be chosen to be part of a national exhibition of NAACCHHS schools. Students also have the opportunity to have their photos considered as part of an international exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Israel. This class will rely heavily on smartphone technology as well as using classic digital cameras provided by Mercaz.




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