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Mini-Courses

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Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., bagel meal included, $60 per course

Mini-courses feature choice in subject with dynamic educators on a range of topics. The learning is at a level stimulating to young adult minds and creative thinkers.

The Scope of the Holocaust taught by Guy Amdur

Sundays, March 11, 18, 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The impact of The Shoah was felt around the world and will be felt into the future.

How did this atrocity impact the modern State of Israel, how the world and United Nations views itself, and how will it shape your future?

We Love Israel, so Why Is It so Controversial? taught by Rabbi Brusso

Sundays, April 22, 29, May 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday we do so at a time when the Israel story has become much more complicated than in the early years of the state. Conversations on college campuses in particular have become tricky to navigate.

In our discussions, we will ask some of the most important questions and discuss the biggest challenges Israel faces today.

Fall 2017 Semester 

 

Photo-Journalistic Inquiry: Delve Deep Into Being a Jewish Teen, with Robin Wal

Monday, October 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m. for the first session, with another later workshop planned. Dinner will be served. 

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. A photographer in last year’s course won third place internationally, and two of our teens’ photos were displayed in Tel Aviv as part of the Jewish Lens @ Beit Hatfutsot Photo Competition.

This course is open both to students who took last year’s course and beginners!

Farm to Table Food Justice, Featuring Challah Making From Seed to Dough with Eden Village

Sundays, November 5, 12, 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us on a journey through the food system, learn more about where our food comes from, and explore environmental stewardship. What does our tradition's wisdom teach about food insecurity? How can we make sure more people have access to healthy and nutritious food?

This course will culminate with a challah making experience led by our friends at Eden Village Camp including threshing, winnowing, grinding, and mixing wheat into dough. Learn more at edenvillagecamp.org.

Identity Politics in America Today: Where Do We As Jews Fit In? with Rabbi Brusso with and Loen Amer

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

From the events in Charlottesville to Black Lives Matter to the LGBT march in Chicago, the issues of suffering, pride, and identity have been elevated to a national stage. As Jews, what is our part in the conversation? Before you head off to college, join us in thinking it through.

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

Sundays, January 7, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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?

This course will feature a field trip to the Masjid Islamic Center in Danbury, CT on Sunday, January 21. The trip will include a tour of the mosque, demonstration of Islamic prayer, and a Q&A with the imam and Muslim teens at the center.

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