Today is December 15, 2018 -

– Curriculum

Semester I: October 3 – December 19
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14
December 12, 19

First Hour

Grade 8
Shalom Learning Continued – 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 9-10
Is It Good for the Jews? Jews and the News – Taught by Scott Littky
Is it good for the Jews? We will look to current events to answer whey we care as Jews about certain current events and if it is important for us to look at that current event with our “Jewish glasses on?”

Grades 10-12
Roots – Taught by Jeannette Gabriel (through October 31)

Grades 11-12
TBA – Taught by Glen Fineman

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Second Hour

Grade 8
TBA – Taught by Glen Fineman

Grades 9-10
TBA

Grades 11-12
Is It Good for the Jews? Jews and the News – Taught by Scott Littky

Is it good for the Jews? We will look to current events to answer whey we care as Jews about certain current events and if it is important for us to look at that current event with our “Jewish glasses on?”

Grades 9-12
B’nai B’rith Bible Quiz – 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 Genesis and Jonah and participate Sunday, December 2, 2018, 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 .


SEMESTER 2 – January 9 – May 15
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 27 (March 20 – Megillah Reading)
April 3, 10, 17 (April 24 – Pesach Break)
May 8, 15 (May 1 – Yom Hashoah Teen Program)

First Hour 

Grade 8
Glen Fineman’s Class – Details TBA

Grade 9-10
Music with a Jewish Ear – Taught by Scott Littky
Often, we hear people say, “I love that song! It holds so much meaning for me!” Prayer should also act that way for us
but often we find that it does not. In this course we will look at a number of songs from the last 50 years and analyze how they take many of the themes we see in our prayers and review how they have become meaningful and in some cases as important as our prayers.

Food with a Jewish Pallet – Taught by Scott Littky
Which foods contain the deepest Jewish significance?—the ones that, through the history of our people , have been most profoundly inspired by the rhythms of the Jewish calendar and the contingencies of the Jewish experience? Or those inspired by the host country that our ancestors borrowed along the way.

Grades 11-12
Our Whole LIves – Teacher TBA

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Second Hour 

Grade 8
The Shoah: A Study
-Taught by Hazzan Krausman (January 9 – April 24)
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.

Grades 9-10
TBA

Grades 11-12
Music with a Jewish Ear – Taught by Scott Littky
Often, we hear people say, “I love that song! It holds so much meaning for me!” Prayer should also act that way for us
but often we find that it does not. In this course we will look at a number of songs from the last 50 years and analyze how they take many of the themes we see in our prayers and review how they have become meaningful and in some cases as important as our prayers.

Food with a Jewish Pallet – Taught by Scott Littky
Which foods contain the deepest Jewish significance?—the ones that, through the history of our people , have been most profoundly inspired by the rhythms of the Jewish calendar and the contingencies of the Jewish experience? Or those inspired by the host country that our ancestors borrowed along the way.