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Curriculum

SEMESTER I
September 6 – December 20

First Hour

Grade 8
Pirkei Avot
– Taught by Ariella Rohr

Students will navigate the complicated journey of Jewish character development. They will learn the important task of asking questions of the text from Pirkei Avot, like “what are the character traits that help define who we are as individuals? What are the ways we can interact positively with others? What are our responsibilities to improve the world?” all with an artistic twist.

Grades 9-12
Whose Right is Right? – Taught by Scott Littky 
Jewish Moral Dilemmas. We will examine real life situations to learn, What Would Moses
Do? Why is this situation a moral dilemma and do we always did to do what is right by our Jewish value system?

Tikkun Olam I – Taught by Mindi Armstrong
How do we make the world a better place using Jewish values? We will study 7 Jewish values through Tikkun Olam and determine how we can participate in making the world a better place.

B’nai B’rith Bible Quize – Taught by 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 Deuteronomy and participate Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the JCC at 1:30 pm in the B’nai B’rith 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 .

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Second Hour

Grade 8
Shalom Learning – Taught by Mindi Armstrong
This class has studied with the Shalom Learning series and will continue with the extended curriculum. We will look at the 7 values through the lens of Tikkun Olam.

Grades 9-12
What is a Jewish Hero? – Taught by Scott Littky

We will first set as a class what are the criteria to be a hero. Next, we will examine Jewish Historical Figures using the criteria we decided upon to learn if they truly should be thought of as Jewish Heroes!

Glen Fineman’s Class – Details TBA


SEMESTER 2
January 10 – May 16

First Hour 

Grade 8
The Shoah: A Study – Taught by Hazzan Krausman  – January 10 – March 28
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 8.

Israel First Hand – Taught by Yonatan Doron – April 11 – May 16
Straight from Israel the Omaha Shaliach will touch on Israeli History, Politics, the relationship with American Jews, Music, and what it’s like to be a young person today in the Land of Israel.

Grades 9-10
Tikkun Olam II – Taught by Mindi Armstrong
How do we make the world a better place using Jewish values? We will study 7 Jewish values through Tikkun Olam and determine how we can participate in making the world a better place.

Grades 11-12
Hot Topics – Taught by Rabbi Abraham
Explore relevant and modern topics through the lens of the Torah.

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Second Hour 

Grade 8
Shalom Learning – Taught by Mindi Armstrong
This class has studied with the Shalom Learning series and will continue with the extended curriculum. We will look at the 7 values through the lens of Tikkun Olam.

Grades 9-12
Israel First Hand – Taught by Yonatan Doron
Straight from Israel the Omaha Shaliach will touch on Israeli History, Politics, the relationship with American Jews, Music, and what it’s like to be a young person today in the Land of Israel. 

Circles – Taught by Scott Littky
Resistance by Jews during the years of 1933 to 1945 during the Nazi persecution is very complicated. This class will use material prepared by Yad Vashem, Israel’s premier Holocaust education center and museum. We will spend each week studying the role of Jewish religious celebration and practice mainly in the Ghettos and how it served as a form of Spiritual Resistance both organically and by pursuable development.