Creating opportunities for meaningful, purposeful and relevant Jewish exploration.

Hebrew High


This year Hebrew High will operate on a trimester schedule; 3 six-week sessions will be offered beginning in November. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at the JCC’s Benderson Building from 6:30-8:30pm. The mission of Hebrew High is to engage teens through peer-to-peer relationships and meaningful, relevant Jewish learning experiences.

Trimester 1: November 7, 2018 – December 19, 2018 (no classes on 11/21)

Trimester 2: January 9, 2019 – February 13, 2019

Trimester 3: March 6, 2019 – April 17, 2019 (no classes on 3/20)

Each week will be broken into two periods. First period, will bring together teens of the same grade level for a core curricular experience.  Second period will offer electives with many choices. Time will be built into our schedule for schmoozing as we know how important it is for our teens to spend unstructured time with their peers.

Pricing:


Trimesters
$180 each
Register for all three and save!
3 for: $500

Faculty

Hebrew High faculty and staff are rabbis, educators and other Jewish role models in the community who represent all branches of Judaism

Betsy Abramson
Nicole Bard
Rabbi Samuel Barth
Aaron Blum
Nancy Fernandez
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich
Rob Goldberg
Brocha Leah Greenberg
Laurie Greenspan
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein
Cathy Shuman Miller
Erica Ruiz
Alyssa Strang
Logan Woodard

Class Descriptions


Trimester 1 | Trimester 2 | Trimester 3

Trimester 1 — November 7, 2018 – December 19, 2018

First Period Required Classes

Grade 8: Jewish Values Experience

Instructor: Alyssa Strang
In this interactive course, you will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Jewish values using card-based games and other hands on activities. Whether it is role playing, deep discussions, or using multi-media experiences, this course will introduce you to key Jewish values to unlock their power to enrich your daily life.

Grade 9: FR Talk

Instructors: Rob Goldberg and Miriam Abramovich
“Fake news, the #metoo movement, gun violence in our schools, our love/hate relationship with social media, and how to “juggle it all” are just some of the “hot topics” and most controversial issues of our day. These and others are so complex and have so many angles to consider. The world changes quickly, yet we can look to Jewish wisdom to help us understand these subjects and form important responses to them. Looking at an issue from many perspectives, including a “Jewish Lens” will help you learn how to weigh decisions carefully to clarify your own beliefs and values, and make informed choices.

Grade 10: Confirmation Class

Instructors: Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Rabbi Alexander Lazarus- Klein, Rabbi Samuel Barth
Community action and learning are the focus of this year long course. Rabbis from Congregation Shir Shalom, Temple Beth Tzedek, and Temple Beth Zion, join together to lead this course about both the privileges and responsibilities of Jewish communal life. We will use ancient sources and contemporary media to explore the way that Judaism brings us together to benefit our personal Judaism, Jewish communal life, and the broader world.

As part of this course, we will attend the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar weekend in Washington, DC with the Religious Action Center (in Washington DC on the weekend of January 11-14, 2019.) Confirmation will culminate with a service on the evening of Shavuot at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Grade 11: The Torah of Texting

Instructor: Betsy Abramson
The Torah is filled with stories that have different meanings for each of us. We study these stories, these ancient texts, and try to decipher what they can teach us about living a meaningful and spiritual life. And, as we grow and experience new adventures and challenges, the meaning we take from these stories changes. Did you know that text messaging is actually very Jewish too? It was developed in 1996 by an Israeli company called Mirabilis. In this class we will look at Torah text from a new perspective and also examine how text messages can be a tool for living a more meaningful and spiritual life.

Grade 12: Packing your Jewish Suitcase for College

Instructor: Logan Woodard
In many ways college is all about successful adulting. You need to do your own laundry, stay on top of deadlines, remember to call your grandmother, and … make serious choices that could impact the rest of your life! This is maybe the first time you are making decisions on your own, as an independent Jewish adults. This course will give you the tools to successfully adult in college and to prepare for living a thoughtful and meaningful Jewish life on your own terms. This lively, discussion-based course will prepare you for college through a “Jewish Lens”.

2nd Period Electives—Open to all grades

Google News and Twitter Today

Instructor: Betsy Abramson
News blogs, Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Google. We have access to all the news, all the time! Each week we will unpack all of the stories of the day and discuss what everyone is reading and talking about. And of course, we will look at this all from a Jewish perspective that helps us understand how today’s new stories impact our lives, even those stories that flash and burn before the next news cycle!

Jewish Story Telling

Instructor: Nancy Fernandez
Since the beginning, Jewish tradition and ritual has been passed through generations by colorful story telling. Become a character in your own Jewish story by witnessing some of the greatest story tellers who combine humor, and wisdom to be able to tell your own tale. Together we will create the latest Jewish stories and continue this wonderful folklore.

Sculpture, Israeli Style

Instructor: Cathy Shuman Miller
Your intellect and creativity will join forces in this course. Together we will research and study the Prime Ministers of Israel, identifying personal characteristics as well as significant aspects of their time serving the country. Then we will each craft 3-D sculptures with Israeli Prime Ministers as our models.

Real Questions, Honest Answers

Instructor: Brocha Leah Greenberg
How do I assert my independence without disrespecting my parents? How do I resist peer pressure? How do I decide whether and when it’s right to tell a lie? How do I know if I’m depressed? What can I do about my smart phone addiction? What if I already made bad choices? In this interactive course, you will examine real life dilemmas and be challenged to share your opinions on each case.

Jewish Zumba

Instructor: Erica Ruiz
Traditional Jewish thought suggests that we must take care of our bodies! We will take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Israeli and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

Trimester 2 — January 9, 2019 – February 13, 2019

First Period Required Classes

Grade 8: Jewish Values Experience

Instructor: Alyssa Strang
In this interactive course, you will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Jewish values using card-based games and other hands on activities. Whether it is role playing, deep discussions, or using multi-media experiences, this course will introduce you to key Jewish values to unlock their power to enrich your daily life.

Grade 9: FR Talk

Instructors: Rob Goldberg and Miriam Abramovich
“Fake news, the #metoo movement, gun violence in our schools, our love/hate relationship with social media, and how to “juggle it all” are just some of the “hot topics” and most controversial issues of our day. These and others are so complex and have so many angles to consider. The world changes quickly, yet we can look to Jewish wisdom to help us understand these subjects and form important responses to them. Looking at an issue from many perspectives, including a “Jewish Lens” will help you learn how to weigh decisions carefully to clarify your own beliefs and values, and make informed choices.

Grade 10: Confirmation Class

Instructors: Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Rabbi Alexander Lazarus- Klein, Rabbi Samuel Barth
Community action and learning are the focus of this year long course. Rabbis from Congregation Shir Shalom, Temple Beth Tzedek, and Temple Beth Zion, join together to lead this course about both the privileges and responsibilities of Jewish communal life. We will use ancient sources and contemporary media to explore the way that Judaism brings us together to benefit our personal Judaism, Jewish communal life, and the broader world.

As part of this course, we will attend the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar weekend in Washington, DC with the Religious Action Center (in Washington DC on the weekend of January 11-14, 2019.) Confirmation will culminate with a service on the evening of Shavuot at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Grade 11: The Torah of Texting

Instructor: Betsy Abramson
The Torah is filled with stories that have different meanings for each of us. We study these stories, these ancient texts, and try to decipher what they can teach us about living a meaningful and spiritual life. And, as we grow and experience new adventures and challenges, the meaning we take from these stories changes. Did you know that text messaging is actually very Jewish too? It was developed in 1996 by an Israeli company called Mirabilis. In this class we will look at Torah text from a new perspective and also examine how text messages can be a tool for living a more meaningful and spiritual life.

Grade 12: Packing your Jewish Suitcase for College

Instructor: Logan Woodard
In many ways college is all about successful adulting. You need to do your own laundry, stay on top of deadlines, remember to call your grandmother, and … make serious choices that could impact the rest of your life! This is maybe the first time you are making decisions on your own, as an independent Jewish adults. This course will give you the tools to successfully adult in college and to prepare for living a thoughtful and meaningful Jewish life on your own terms. This lively, discussion-based course will prepare you for college through a “Jewish Lens”.

2nd Period Electives—Open to all grades

Google News and Twitter Today

Instructor: Betsy Abramson
News blogs, Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Google . We have access to all the news, all the time! Each week we will unpack all of the stories of the day and discuss what everyone is reading and talking about. And of course, we will look at this all from a Jewish perspective that helps us understand how today’s new stories impact our lives, even those stories that flash and burn before the next news cycle!

Navigating your Jewish Identity in Social Media

Instructor: Nancy Fernandez
Social media has been one of the greatest inventions of our time. We can communicate freely across any border or boundary, we can get real time feedback, access experiences we would not be able to have in person. But along with all of the benefits of social media, many shadows have arisen. Learn to navigate this world in a healthy way, learn tools to build your brand, and find out how you can be an on line Jewish upstander.

Upcycle For Good Part 1

Instructor: Laurie Greenspan
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein. Rooted in the Jewish values of chesed (kindness), kehillah (community) and tikkun olam (healing the world), this class will use old objects to create new masterpieces. Our goal is to turn everyday recyclables into functional new unique products that express Jewish values. Plus we get to share the joy of giving and watching people enjoy their gifts. No craft experience required.

Jewish Zumba

Instructor: Erica Ruiz
Traditional Jewish thought suggests that we must take care of our bodies! We will take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Israeli and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

Hidden Judaism in American Pop Culture

Instructor: Rick Weiss
Throughout American pop culture we see hidden Judaism. Come learn some of the historic reasons why many Jewish people are behind many of our most beloved pop characters. Be amazed by the subtle and not so subtle ways that Judaism has shaped our American pop culture.

Trimester 3 — March 6, 2019 – April 17, 2019

First Period Required Classes

Grade 8: Jewish Values Experience

Instructor: Alyssa Strang
In this interactive course, you will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Jewish values using card-based games and other hands on activities. Whether it is role playing, deep discussions, or using multi-media experiences, this course will introduce you to key Jewish values to unlock their power to enrich your daily life.

Grade 9: FR Talk

Instructors: Rob Goldberg and Miriam Abramovich
“Fake news, the #metoo movement, gun violence in our schools, our love/hate relationship with social media, and how to “juggle it all” are just some of the “hot topics” and most controversial issues of our day. These and others are so complex and have so many angles to consider. The world changes quickly, yet we can look to Jewish wisdom to help us understand these subjects and form important responses to them. Looking at an issue from many perspectives, including a “Jewish Lens” will help you learn how to weigh decisions carefully to clarify your own beliefs and values, and make informed choices.

Grade 10: Confirmation Class

Instructors: Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Rabbi Alexander Lazarus- Klein, Rabbi Samuel Barth
Community action and learning are the focus of this year long course. Rabbis from Congregation Shir Shalom, Temple Beth Tzedek, and Temple Beth Zion, join together to lead this course about both the privileges and responsibilities of Jewish communal life. We will use ancient sources and contemporary media to explore the way that Judaism brings us together to benefit our personal Judaism, Jewish communal life, and the broader world.

As part of this course, we will attend the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar weekend in Washington, DC with the Religious Action Center (in Washington DC on the weekend of January 11-14, 2019.) Confirmation will culminate with a service on the evening of Shavuot at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Grade 11: The Torah of Texting

Instructor: Betsy Abramson
The Torah is filled with stories that have different meanings for each of us. We study these stories, these ancient texts, and try to decipher what they can teach us about living a meaningful and spiritual life. And, as we grow and experience new adventures and challenges, the meaning we take from these stories changes. Did you know that text messaging is actually very Jewish too? It was developed in 1996 by an Israeli company called Mirabilis. In this class we will look at Torah text from a new perspective and also examine how text messages can be a tool for living a more meaningful and spiritual life.

Grade 12: Packing your Jewish Suitcase for College

Instructor: Logan Woodard
In many ways college is all about successful adulting. You need to do your own laundry, stay on top of deadlines, remember to call your grandmother, and … make serious choices that could impact the rest of your life! This is maybe the first time you are making decisions on your own, as an independent Jewish adults. This course will give you the tools to successfully adult in college and to prepare for living a thoughtful and meaningful Jewish life on your own terms. This lively, discussion-based course will prepare you for college through a “Jewish Lens”.

2nd Period Electives—Open to all grades

Google News and Twitter Today

Instructor: Betsy Abramson
News blogs, Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Google . We have access to all the news, all the time! Each week we will unpack all of the stories of the day and discuss what everyone is reading and talking about. And of course, we will look at this all from a Jewish perspective that helps us understand how today’s new stories impact our lives, even those stories that flash and burn before the next news cycle!

Jewish Independent Film

Instructor: Nancy Fernandez
Hollywood was started by creative Jewish minds. Take a 6 week journey through Jewish influence in film. We will also learn about current Jewish independent film makers who are telling their own story.

Jewish Ceramics

Instructor: Nicole Bard
Using art as a tool to express Jewish values and explore Jewish traditions, students will have the opportunity to create 3 unique ceramic pieces. Through this class, students will learn methods of sculpture, techniques of hand-building clay, and basic wheel throwing techniques. Throughout our class we’ll ask the question and learn together: what is Jewish about art?

Upcycle For Good Part 2 (you do not have to enroll in part 1 to take part 2)

Instructor: Laurie Greenspan
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein. Rooted in the Jewish values of chesed (kindness), kehillah (community) and tikkun olam (healing the world), this class will use old objects to create new masterpieces. Our goal is to turn everyday recyclables into functional new unique products that express Jewish values. Plus we get to share the joy of giving and watching people enjoy their gifts. No craft experience required.

Jewish Zumba

Instructor: Erica Ruiz
Traditional Jewish thought suggests that we must take care of our bodies! We will take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Israeli and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.