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Chai School Class Registration 5783

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  • Seventh and eighth-grade students must sign up and complete requirements for at least three of the five modules for the year.
  • Ninth & Tenth-grade students must sign up and complete requirements for at least two of the five modules for the year.
  • There is no minimum requirement for Post Confirmation students.
  • Some modules are restricted to students in certain grade groups. Please ONLY REGISTER for modules offered below to your grade group!

PLEASE NOTE:  We anticipate that each registered student in grades 8-12 will take part in their weekend seminar as these seminars are an integral part of our curriculum.  Costs for the seminars listed below will be included as a part of school tuition for each of the grades listed. ​​​​This is in alignment with the important role that the seminars play in our educational program. It also enables us to better plan for the involvement of every student in our community through our adjustment process, when needed. We are committed to enabling everyone who seeks Jewish community life to access it, regardless of financial means. ​​​​Program dates are as follows: 

8th Grade The Great Boston Adventure: April 29 & 30, 2023
9th Grade New York City Experience: March 10 – 12, 2023
10th Grade Religious Action Center L'Taken Program: February 10 – 13, 2023
Post-Confirmation Los Angeles Social Justice Seminar: November 4 - 7, 2022


Mini Module Registration!

School Opens on Tuesday, October 11 meeting From 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mini-Module I
October 11, 18, 25 November 1 & 8


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Family Guy - Family Guy is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children, MegChris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dogBrian. Set in the fictional city of QuahogRhode Island, Family Guy has several Jewish themes and will prompt some interesting discussion. Join us for an episode or five, and let’s talk! Rabbi Joe Eiduson will be the instructor.

Jewish Trivia - Exploring Jewish History, Holy Texts, Values, and Observances through conversation, games, trivia, and experiential learning, with a special focus on popular Jewish ideas and customs. Play Jewish trivia, and let’s have some fun! Josh Feinberg will be the Host.

So, You Think You Can Dance? - This class is for those who wish to learn how to dance Israeli style!  Have you seen Israeli Folk dancing at camp, WAFTY, B'nai Mitzvah celebrations, wedding parties, or a trip to Israel?  We'll learn the steps to some brand-new line dances and brush up on your favorites.  No experience is necessary. Judy Narod will be your dance leader!
 

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All Things Israel - Whether you have been to Israel or not, there is so much to learn about the Jewish homeland. Together, we will explore Israeli culture, history, innovations, and more! Did you know Israelis invented the world’s smallest camera, nanowire, and the Israeli pressure bandage? Come learn about how Israel has enhanced Jewish culture and created oh so many wonderful inventions! Maya Weiser is Morah!

Harry Potter & Pirke Avot - Sayings of Our Parents
Many characters in the beloved Harry Potter series are known for their wisdom. Though their words might be original, their messages are not. In fact, Dumbledore sounds positively Jewish at times as he relates messages that Jews have been learning about for hundreds of years in a text known as Pirkei Avot. We will explore what Harry Potter can teach us about the words of these ancient scholars and examine how we can continue to interpret their sayings in our lives today. Danielle LaForce will be the wizard.
 

Mini-Module II
November 15, 29 December 6, 13 & 20


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The Amazing Race to Israel - Welcome to Israel, release your seatbelts and come with us to explore Israel. Every meeting will be about different areas of Israel, but it will not be easy. Use your heads to solve riddles and your bodies for the missions. Sounds interesting? Join our class for more! Tommy Ben Basat will be your Morah Derech.

Harry Potter & Pirke Avot - Sayings of Our Parents
Many characters in the beloved Harry Potter series are known for their wisdom. Though their words might be original, their messages are not. In fact, Dumbledore sounds positively Jewish at times as he relates messages that Jews have been learning about for hundreds of years in a text known as Pirkei Avot. We will explore what Harry Potter can teach us about the words of these ancient scholars and examine how we can continue to interpret their sayings in our lives today. Danielle LaForce will be the wizard.

What happens next? The Jewish story after Moses - Every year, we cycle through the whole Torah. It ends with the death of Moses and with the Children of Israel about to enter the Promised land. What happens next, and where do you find the rest of the story? With help from illustrated and manga-style animated interpretations of the stories, we'll take a look at the books at the start of the next part of the Hebrew Bible - Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. You'll find out how we settled in Canaan, who the heroes and villains of the stories are, and what we know about the ancient Israelites in the first few hundred years of the Jewish nation. Rabbi Gurevitz will be your guide.

 
 

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Jewish Trivia - Exploring Jewish History, Holy Texts, Values, and Observances through conversation, games, trivia, and experiential learning, with a special focus on popular Jewish ideas and customs. Play Jewish trivia, and let’s have some fun! Josh Feinberg will be the Host.

So, You Think You Can Dance? - This class is for those who wish to learn how to dance Israeli style!  Have you seen Israeli Folk dancing at camp, WAFTY, B'nai Mitzvah celebrations, wedding parties, or a trip to Israel?  We'll learn the steps to some brand-new line dances and brush up on your favorites.  No experience is necessary. Judy Narod will be your dance leader!

The Physics of God- Recent discoveries in physics are shedding new light based on our reality. Our world sits on top of quantum reality. In our world, words and deeds have consequences and cause comes before effect. At the quantum level, past, future, and present seem to mingle. Is our reality a quantum simulation run by God to educate his human creations? Could a system of justice be built into space and time at the quantum level? Can the human mind cause changes at the quantum level? Does the structure of the universe reflect what God is like? What can we learn about God from the structure of the universe? We will look at prayer, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from a quantum mechanical perspective. Come explore these and other topics in this five-week course on the Physics of God. Ernie Wolshin will be the instructor.
 

Mini-Module III - January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Join us for our special Social Justice Program on January 17, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30!


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KIDSRAELI Culture - How do Israeli kids spend their time? Israeli games of course! Israeli birthday parties? How do they work? Learn (and experience) all about growing up in Israel and having fun while at it! Tommy Ben Basat will be the instructor.

How to Combat Antisemitism - Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. Whether we see antisemitism on social media, in the news, in school, or anywhere else, we must learn the skills and tools to fight against this hatred. Maya Weiner will be the instructor.

Jewish Theatre Workshop - This workshop will explore students’ talents as actors while at the same time better defining their individual Jewish identities.  Workshop participants will produce and create a Purim Spiel for the community!  Students who sign up for this elective MUST be available to act on the night of our Purim celebration on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Danielle LaForce will be the Director, and she will be joined by several cameo appearances!
 

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Shabbat Oneg Delights - Join your friends in this interactive and engaging course as you learn about items to prepare for Shabbat Oneg.  Students will discuss selected Oneg items and recipes as well as follow recipe instructions to prepare selected foods.  On occasion, prepared delicacies will be served at an upcoming Shabbat Oneg.  All recipes are nut-free; Gluten allergies will be accommodated. Cheryl Pouliot will be the chief cook and bottle washer.

Games Around the World - In this mini-module, we will learn about different cultures worldwide and the games they play to connect with each other. If you love playing cards and board games or like learning about different countries and cultures, then this mini-module is for you! Josh Feinberg will be your host!

Jewish Theatre Workshop - This workshop will explore students’ talents as actors while at the same time better defining their individual Jewish identities.  Workshop participants will produce and create a Purim Spiel for the community!  Students who sign up for this elective MUST be available to act on the night of our Purim celebration on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Danielle LaForce will be the Director, and she will be joined by several cameo appearances!


 
 

 
Mini-Module IV
February 7, 14, 28 March 7, 14 & 21
Join us for Purim Spiel and Fun on Tuesday, March 7!
 

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Jewish Cooking - In this elective, students have a chance to explore (and cook…and eat!) food in general, Jewish food from the diaspora, from Israel, and from Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions. We will consider issues of food justice and “eco-kashrut” and how food plays a role in our lives. Ultimately, we will discover how food can nourish both our bodies and our spirits! Judy Narod will be the chef.

Games Around the World - In this mini-module, we will learn about different cultures worldwide and the games they play to connect with each other. If you love playing cards and board games or like learning about different countries and cultures, then this mini-module is for you! Josh Feinberg will be your host!

Jewish Arts & Crafts - Don’t spend lots of money on Jewish ritual gear, make your own instead! Come create a new project every night! Some things we might create/decorate include tallit clips, yad, menorahs, Chanukah candles, challah covers/afikomen pouches, Kiddush cups, paintings/other wall art, planting pots, and tzedakah boxes. Danielle LaForce will be the artist in residence.



 

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What happens next? The Jewish story after Moses - Every year, we cycle through the whole Torah. It ends with the death of Moses and with the Children of Israel about to enter the Promised land. What happens next, and where do you find the rest of the story? With help from illustrated and manga-style animated interpretations of the stories, we'll take a look at the books at the start of the next part of the Hebrew Bible - Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. You'll find out how we settled in Canaan, who the heroes and villains of the stories are, and what we know about the ancient Israelites in the first few hundred years of the Jewish nation. Rabbi Gurevitz will be your guide.

How to Combat Antisemitism - Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. Whether we see antisemitism on social media, in the news, in school, or anywhere else, we must learn the skills and tools to fight against this hatred. Maya Weiner will be the instructor.

The Amazing Race to Israel - Welcome to Israel, release your seatbelts and come with us to explore Israel. Every meeting will be about different areas of Israel, but it will not be easy. Use your heads to solve riddles and your bodies for the missions. Sounds interesting? Join our class for more! Tommy Ben Basat will be your Morah Derech.

 
 
Mini-Module V
March 28, April 4, 11, 25 May 2, 9 & 16
Final Closing Session of Chai School, Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:00 - 7:30!
 
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You Be the Judge - In this mini-module, students will play different ethical games, asking them to decide what would be right for them in various situations. Students decide between right and wrong.  Respect for differences of opinion is key to the enjoyment of these games. Josh Feinberg will play the judge

So you want to be a Madrich/a? - On three things, our Religious School stands- on students, on teachers, and on Madrichim.  We’ll cover such topics as teacher role models, child development and learning styles, and the dos and don’ts of being great Madrichim.  You may enroll if you have not yet taken this course in the past and you are not currently serving as a Madrich or Madricha. Cheryl Pouliot and Debbi Morin will be the instructors.

Science, Meaning, and the Jewish Mind - In this course, we will look at why Judaism has made the Jews some of the most creative people the world has ever seen. We will look at how religion affects our problem-solving ability and the factors around technology development. Our relationship with God affects our ability to solve problems in our own lives as well. Human beings can experience a higher state of consciousness. This higher state of consciousness gives us insight and the basis of our relation to God. It also gives use enhanced problem-solving abilities. How do Jewish practices promote the occurrence of this higher state of consciousness? What influences are our society working against people who try to experience this higher state of consciousness? Come find out as we discuss these topics and more. Ernie Wolshin will be the instructor.

 
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Jewish Cooking - In this elective, students have a chance to explore (and cook…and eat!) food in general, Jewish food from the diaspora, from Israel, and from Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions. We will consider issues of food justice and “eco-kashrut” and how food plays a role in our lives. Ultimately, we will discover how food can nourish both our bodies and our spirits! Judy Narod will be the chef.

KIDSRAELI Culture - How do Israeli kids spend their time? Israeli games of course! Israeli birthday parties? How do they work? Learn (and experience) all about growing up in Israel and having fun while at it! Tommy Ben Basat will be the instructor.

Jewish Arts & Crafts - Don’t spend lots of money on Jewish ritual gear, make your own instead! Come create a new project every night! Some things we might create/decorate include tallit clips, yad, menorahs, Chanukah candles, challah covers/afikomen pouches, Kiddush cups, paintings/other wall art, planting pots, and tzedakah boxes. Danielle LaForce will be the artist in residence.

 
Tue, October 4 2022 9 Tishrei 5783