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Mini-Courses

Our redesigned teen learning initiative features dynamic choice in topic and frequency. Each month we offer a new mini-course on a distinct topic, led by one of our many compelling educators and clergy. Teens may register for the courses that best fit their schedule and interest. Subjects will range from exploring our Jewish identity through photography to culinary heritage to the Israel experience.

Schedule for 2017-2018 coming soon!

 

NEW OFFERINGS FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2017:

We’ve redone our spring 2017 courses, and postponed the entrepreneurial panel discussion and interfaith experience to build further relationships with our partners.

Register now 

Hunger Awareness and Cooking for the Needy, with Diana Binger

Sunday, March 5, 19, 26, and April 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The upcoming holidays of Purim and Passover include commandments to feed the hungry: matanot l’evyonim and maot hittin. Without helping the less fortunate, observance of the holidays are incomplete. 

Sunday, March 5
Purim cooking and learning to benefit our friends Neighbor’s Link with Diana Binger. 

Sunday, March 19
Matzah baking with Eden Village, the innovative Jewish organic farm camp. We’ll turn wheat into matzah! 

Sunday, March 26
Passover cooking for Neighbor’s Link and learning about giving wheat to the poor for the holiday with Diana Binger. 

Sunday, April 2
What is being hungry and homeless really like? Hear from Dale Williams the executive director of Midnight Run, who was homeless in New York City between 1987 and 1990. 

*For 8th Graders Only*  Tuesday, April 4, 4:00-6:00
Help Fight Hunger with Challah!

Meeting Hate with Humanity: The Holocaust 75 Years Later, with Robin Wald

Sunday, April 23 and 30

Explore the lessons from the Holocaust we can apply to combating hate and standing up for justice today.

Sunday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Learn about Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust on erev Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day with Robin Wald.

Sunday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Field trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC with Loen Amer. Register to participate here! Bus transportation and lunch included.

This TLC Mini-Course is supported by a grant from the Jewish Education Project and sponsoring congregations' participation in the WJTLI.

Hot Topics: Why is immigration a Jewish issue?, with Rabbi Brusso

Sunday, May 7, 14, and 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Explore current events and their effects on our lives with Rabbi Brusso. 

Photography Reception

Sunday, May 7, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Last semester, under the guidance of Robin Wald, many of our teens personally explored the meaning of being Jewish by creating photo-stories about Jewish identity. Members of the Bet Torah community will be invited to view and vote on the photos at a sparkling cider and cheese reception, selecting a photo to submit to the Jewish Lens @ Beit Hatfutsot Photo Competition.

Other Mini-Courses Examples

 
Entrepreneurial Spirit and Spirituality Panel Discussion

The entrepreneurs who founded ethically-made capsule shop IMBY and boutique fitness studio CITYROW grew up as teens at Bet Torah. This panel discussion will cover these ventures, starting your own company, and where Jewish and business ethics intersect.

Gabai and Usher Boot Camp

Have you always wanted to take charge on the Bimah?  Do you love welcoming people to Bet Torah?  Whether you want to train to assist Torah readers on the Bimah or help services run more smoothly or pass out Shabbat booklets with a smil, our Gabi and Usher Boot Camp will whip you into shape. Our beloved adults Gabai and Usher will teach you these skills, so you can fill these roles in the future. Program content tailored to participant interest.

Hot Topics in Israel: The Temple Mount

Jerusalem is a city holy to us as Jews, and to Christians and Muslims. But recent resolutions by the United Nations refer only to Jerusalem's Muslim history. What's the real Israelite history of the Temple Mount? This class will examine texts and archaeological evidence about the First and Second Temples.

Israel Beyond the Headlines and Into the Music

Israel appears constantly in the media, but what's the real story? We will listen to modern Israeli music, and use it as a lens to interpret current events. By listening to Israeli artists in their own words, we will hear a more nuanced story than we do in the American 24-hour news cycle.  

Jewish Cooking From Around the World

Celebrate the new Jewish year with delicious holiday foods from around the world. We will have fun in the kitchen making and eating traditional Jewish recipes from Eastern Europe, Israel, North Africa, the Middle East and the United States.  Apples, honey, pomegranates, salads, kugels, blintzes and more!

Jewish Life through Arts and Crafts: Challah Plate and Yad Making Workshop

Craft beautiful Jewish ritual objects for your use at these workshops. We will be making the Yad with beads and the Challah Plate with decoupage, but both will require your personal creativity, style, and flare.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation

Winter is a perfect time to destress with calming, introspective practices. In this mini-course you will learn Jewish meditation techniques to relax your mind, along with restorative yoga poses to relax your body.

My Brother from Another Mother: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, with Robin Wald

Curious and want to learn more about Islam? In this mini-course we will study the core teachings and beliefs of Islam. How are Judaism and Islam similar? How do they differ? The course will feature interaction with the Muslim community in Northern Westchester, and an off-site visit.

The Presidential Election of 2016, What do YOU Believe?

What it would be like if there were no political parties telling you what to believe and we approached each issue trying to figure out what we all thought was the right and important thing to do? We will pick a number of issues being discussed in this year’s election and try to approach them from the perspective of Jewish text and ideas from various time periods. You will have an opportunity to put together your own personal issue platform ahead of the election.

What Does It Mean to Me to Be a Jewish Teen? A Photo-Journalistic Inquiry

Bring your cell phone or camera and get ready to have fun exploring what being Jewish means to you by creating photo-stories that represent something about your Jewish identity. Family, friends, rituals, synagogue, learning, mitzvah projects, social justice or anything else that helps define you as a Jewish teen will be looked at through a photographic and creative writing lens. You can choose to share images and captions on Instagram, snapchat and Jewish teen writing/photography social media sites and contests. 

New Recordings to Practice With!

Listen to Cantor Randy chant parts of our services! Whether you're preparing for a B'nei Mitzvah, chanting Torah, or need a refresher on service prayers, listen here!