Jewish Teen Education (JTE) 

Fall Schedule

 

Classes are Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Students elect two classes per semester.

The first class period is 7-7:50 p.m.

The second class period is 8:10-9 p.m. 

 

Fall semester dates: October 9 - December 18

 

Questions? Contact JTE@jewishnewhaven.org 

 

JTE Classes

First Class Period (7-7:50 p.m.)


 

Cooking (Asya Tibi)

Do you love food? Do you love cooking? Food is an essential part of Judaism. Learn how to make some of your favorite Israeli food, and Jewish soul food!  We will start with some basic knife skills including slicing and dicing to make sure you can make things efficiently and then quickly move into salads, soups, sauces, pastries, and more!  The class is limited to 6 students.

 

Here and There:  A Comparison of American and Israeli Teen Culture (Young Israeli Emissaries)

Come join our Young Emissaries Ziv and Noa to learn about modern Israeli music, current food trends, and what teens your age, in Israel, do for fun.

 

Do the Right Thing (Dr. Jennifer Botwick)

We are all making countless ethical and moral decisions every day.  We are choosing to do our homework or to go out with friends, selecting the right words to use with a friend we are upset with, and even accepting or actively rejecting the racial and cultural biases inside all of us.  In this class we will begin exploring questions with no “right” answer, how we each arrive at our own conclusions, and what inherent stereotypes and biases affect our lives each day without our conscious knowledge.

 

Comparative Religions (Tad Martin)

As the news continues to focus on conflicts related to the three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – it is easy to forget that there are many more faiths in practice around the world.  Some of them are completely different from our beliefs, and some are strikingly similar.  Join us as we learn about Buddhism, Hinduism, and religions of interest to the group. We will discuss them in relationship to the Abrahamic faiths, Western culture, and current events.

 

JTE Yoga (Sherri Sosensky)

Explore Jewish spirituality through movement with this unique yoga program developed for teens.  Gain balance, strength, and better focus while stretching, dancing and striking poses.  Bring your own Yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

 

Tzedakah Project (David Bennett)

Do you want to make an impact in your community? Do you love to be creative? Join us in the MakerSpace to design and work on a tzedakah project and explore the opportunities of designing your own project to help others.

Second Class Period (8:10-9 p.m.)


 

Cooking (Asya Tibi)

Do you love food? Do you love cooking? Food is an essential part of Judaism. Learn how to make some of your favorite Israeli food, and Jewish soul food!  We will start with some basic knife skills including slicing and dicing to make sure you can make things efficiently and then quickly move into salads, soups, sauces, pastries, and more!  The class is limited to 6 students.

 

Poetry (James Berger)

Explore, read, and discuss a diverse selection of poems. Discover yourself through the words of others. Then, work on writing your own poems as a creative form of expression.

 

Medical Ethics (Yonah)

Learn about moral principles and difficult decisions in medicine. The conversation will focus on what you believe is the “ethical” choice in any given situation. How do situations affect the choices people make, and what is the impact of their actions?

 

Gender Equality (Sharon Rosenblatt)

Can men be feminists? How do social media and our 24 hour news cycle shape our perception of ‘the battle of the sexes? This class will take a mature and edgy look at the perceptions of sex, gender, sexual identity, and how they fit into the framework of equality and equity. In this class we will discuss human rights as well as our lives as Jewish individuals in New Haven.

 

Happiness Class (Dr. Jennifer Botwick)

Do you feel happy? Do you think that happiness is an attainable aspiration or is it just out of reach? How do you find happiness with all of the stress involved in school, work, and all of the difficulties in day-to-day life? Discover yourself and find your inner happiness.

 

Jewish Images in Media (Yaron Back)

Throughout the decades, the portrayal of Jews in popular media has evolved with the cultural norms of the time.  Through the use of movie and television clips, this class will discuss common stereotypes propagated through the media, how the stereotypes correspond to the time period they were produced, and how popular media can serve as a vehicle to create, disseminate, or negate harmful stereotypes.

 

Jews Around the World and Across Time (Marcie Thomaswick)

Jews have been around a long time and have lived in every corner of the world. Join the discussion about Jewish culture across different continents and explore how  ourculture merges with other cultures. Then, look at how Judaism has changed throughout the 20th and 21st century.