Jewish Teen Education (JTE) 

Spring 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. 

 

Spring semester dates: January 23 - May 1

No classes February 20, April 3, April 17

 

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 your some of your favorite Israeli food, Jewish soul food, and learn some new dishes too! We will start with some basic knife skills including slicing and dicing to make sure you can make things quickly and then quickly move into salads, soups, sauces, pastries, and more! The class is limited to 6.

 

Do the Right Thing (Dr. Jennifer Botwick)

Whether you know it or not, you are making countless ethical and moral decisions every day. Without any deep thinking, we are choosing to do our homework or go out with friends, selecting the right words to use with a friend we are upset at, accepting or actively rejecting the racial and cultural biases inside all of us. In this class we will be exploring together 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.

 

The Happiness Project (Sherri Sosensky)

We all want to be happy, right? There are countless ideas about what it means to be happy and even more about how we can become that way. This class will explore different strategies such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and breathing techniques all through a Jewish lens. Learn what happiness is, why it’s important in Judaism, and how we can each create our own! Join Sherri to learn how to live your most meaningful life.

 

All My Values Come from Movies (Yaron Back)

Before technology, people would sit around the fire at night telling stories. Those stories would educate, entertain and people connect with one another. They would learn how to respond to situations they could never imagine. Today, television and film have replaced the communal fire. Popular film is filled with images and stories that reflect our world. Judaism is filled with values that help us make critical, ethical choices in the real world. Join us as we view clips of popular films, put ourselves into the stories and use them as a springboard for a discussion of how Jewish values can inform the choices we face in the real world.

 

The Short Story as a Window into Ourselves (Rabbi Carl Astor)

The short story has been at the heart of Jewish expression through history. From the Bible to Midrash, from Yiddish literature to the Hasidic/Kabbalistic tradition, and from modern Israeli to American Jewish authors, the short story has flourished. Each session will be a review and discussion of a particular story/stories and copies will be sent out via email in advance. Just about every emotion, belief, and value is expressed through these stories. They are an extremely "user-friendly" way to access the Jewish experience.

 

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

Come join our Young Emissaries Talya and Rotem to experience an hour of Israeli pop culture! Learn about modern Israeli music, current food trends, and what teens your age in Israel do for fun.

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 your some of your favorite Israeli food, Jewish soul food, and learn some new dishes too! We will start with some basic knife skills including slicing and dicing to make sure you can make things quickly and then quickly move into salads, soups, sauces, pastries, and more! The class is limited to 6.

 

Ethical Dilemmas (Sharon Rosenblatt)

Today we are confronted with so many complex choices and viewpoints. Our rapidly changing world is often full of contradictions. This class will take a mature and edgy look at the perceptions of sex, gender, sexual identity, and how it fits in the framework of equality and equity. Partially a class in human rights, and partially a discussion of our lives as Jewish individuals in New Haven, we will try to find common ground as people just finding our ways in a world that endeavors to label everyone.

 

Junior/Senior Seminar Part II - The Holocaust, Modern Israel, and How We Got There (Evan Wyner, Guest Educators)

Juniors and Seniors are invited to join in the second half of a year-long exploration of leadership and Holocaust studies. This semester will focus on the Holocaust with a particular focus on the March of the Living curriculum in Poland, and the modern history of Israel. For those that have pre-registered or the March of the Living, the class will culminate with a trip to Poland and Israel on the “March of the Living.” After the trip, the class will develop a presentation and share their experiences with the community.

 

Where Are You From? Use Genealogy to Find Out! (Dr. Dana Ranani)

A modern day DNA test may tell you that you have Eastern European ancestry, but it will not tell you what cities you great-grandparents came from or if you have any long lost cousins. For that you need genealogy! Learn how to research your family history as you develop your own family tree, learn about the cultures and customs of your ancestors, and have fun solving the riddle of your family.

 

My Community Service (Rachel Scolnic Dobin)

Food, shelter, and health insurance are often referred to as today’s “three basic needs,” but many in the Greater New Haven community are lacking one, two, or all three of these. With the guidance of an experienced local social worker, this class will begin by exploring the causes of homelessness and food insecurity, and the complexities of health insurance for all. The class will then research solutions and assistance programs here in New Haven and design and execute a project with local impact on these or other issues uncovered through the class.

 

My Jewish Art: Expressing Judaism Through Art (and Crafts) (Lana Gad)

Join us for a stress-free, fun hour of creativity! Each week we will work on a unique project based on Jewish ideals or traditions that, once completed, is yours to take home and enjoy! Together we will learn and explore a variety of crafts and art techniques used throughout the world. As we learn and use each technique, we will discuss the history of the technique, why it is special to the project we are doing, and a connection to Judaism.