Today is October 13, 2019 -

– Curriculum

Staff
Rabbi Abraham, Hazzan Krausman, Glen Fineman, Scott Littky, Eadie Tsabari, Ron Lugasy (community Shalicha), Becky Kahn, Jaime Skogg

Semester I: September 4 – December 18
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11, 18

SEMESTER 2 – January 8 – May 13
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, (April 8 & 15 – Pesach Break, April 22 – Yom HaShoah Teen Program at Beth Israel, April 29- Yom Ha’Atzmaut at the JCC)
May 6, 13 (May 1 – Graduation)

Hour 1
6:30 – 710 pm
Hour 2
7:15 – 8:00 pm
Grade 8 Hazzan Krausman
Holocaust Studies
Pod
Glenn Fineman
Cain and Abel
Room 5
Grades 9-10 Jamie Skogg
People of the Book
Room 5
Elective
Eadie Tsabari
Bible Quiz
Room 4
Or
Becky Kahn
Art
Computer Room
Grades 11-12 Rabbi Abraham
Letters to my
Palestinian Neighbor
Rabbi’s Office
Elective
Eadie Tsabari
Bible Quiz
Room 4
Or
Becky Kahn
Art
Computer Room

FIRST HOUR

Grade 8                                        

The Shoah: A Study
Hazzan Krausman

One of the most important and influential periods of recent Jewish history will be examined by the students and the Hazzan through personal stories, testimonies and witnesses. This class is given as a preparation for our trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Sunday, April 8th. 

Grades 9-10                                  

People of the Book
Jamie Burke-Skogg

The Torah is our source for wisdom and justice, a guide for living an ethical life, and an inspiration for all times. Students will explore how a Torah is made, meet the rabbis whose commentaries make up the Talmud, and learn how our sacred texts define and enrich Jewish life.

Grades 11-12                                

“Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor”
Rabbi Abraham

By Yossi Klein HaLevi

In preparation for the JFO Israel trip together with a number of citywide activities, Rabbi will teach understanding Israel through a different lens. The book is a series of 10 letters about Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity, written to any Palestinian living in the village across from my home in the French Hill neighborhood at the edge of Jerusalem, separated by the security wall dividing our two hills. 

SECOND HOUR

Grade 8

Cain and Abel
Glen FIneman                     

“Cain and Abel: Siblings, bullies, and friends. What can this biblical story teach us about Jewish tradition, Jewish values, and peer relationships?”   Let me know what you think about this topic, please. Thank you, again, for your patience.

Grades 9-12     

Electives – pick one

Art and the Jewish Artist
Becky Kahn

In preparation for our artist in resident, Yitzchok Moully, we will explore what Jewish art means to us. Through hands on activities, creative expression and identifying different methods and artists. We will make Jewish art as we see it. The class will culminate with a group art piece.

B’nai B’rith Bible Contest
Eadie Tsabari

Be part of a winning team of Bible scholars and represent Beth El in the Bible Quiz. We will study the book of Genesis and Jonah and participate Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the JCC at 1:30 pm in the Bnai Brith Bible quiz. Even if you don’t want to participate in the quiz, it is a wonderful way to become familiar with teachings from the Torah. Remember, this fulfills your Merit Scholarship project requirement and can be done multiple years. You must be approved by Eadie to be in the class. 

 

As you teach you learn. Jewish Proverb