Jewish Teen Education (JTE) 

JTE Open House and March of the Living Information Session

Tuesday, September 5  |  7 p.m.  |  JCC of Greater New Haven

March of the Living is a an annual educational program which brings students from around the world to Poland, where they explore the remnants of the Holocaust, visiting concentration camp sites and then traveling toIsrael for Israeli Independence Day. The program will run in April 2018 and is open to all junior and seniors in high school. Leadership and representatives from March of the Living will be on hand on September 5th so come learn more and bring a friend! The open house will also be a great opportunity to sign up for JTE fall semester and classes. 

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: September 12-December 19

No classes October 10 and November 7.

Special dates:

October 10 - special teen-led event

November 7 -  there will be a special trip into New York City for students enrolled in the Junior/Senior seminar. All other classes will meet regularly at Ezra.

 

JTE Classes

First Class Period (7-7:50 p.m.)


 

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.​

 

Israeli Politics (Doron Ben Atar)

Israel is the only democracy in the middle east, but it’s coalitions are fragile and its parties fractious.  In this class, we will explore the Israeli national parties and central government, and discuss how these national politics reflect on Israel’s international politics.  Come join us as we discuss sensitive issues such as immigration, conversion, marriage, and peace in the context of the parties.

 

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!  To cover the cost of materials, there is an additional cost of $40 for this course.  The class is limited to 6. 

 

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. 

Biblical Debate  (Nanette Stahl)

We’ll take a look at biblical personalities- Jacob, Samson, King Saul, Jonathan, David, and others- and discuss them as a group, examining their strengths and weaknesses and why they are so engaging and interesting.  The format is up to the students - we could stage of “mock trial” of King David about his affair with Bathsheba for example, or role play Jacob on the mount. Together, we will select a topic for debate, then choose two (or more) personalities to represent the various sides of the issue.  Through the process, we will develop personal debating skills, learn about some of our cultural icons, and examine the current events affecting the world today and shaping it for tomorrow.

 

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

Come join our Young Emissaries 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!  To cover the cost of materials, there is an additional cost of $40 for this course.  The class is limited to 6.  

 

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. With Yaron Back

 

Gender Equality? (Sharon Rosenblatt)

Can men be feminists? Does identifying as a feminist mean men have less worth? Is there common ground? How does social media and our 24 hour news cycle shape our perceptions of ‘the battle of the sexes’ especially when people in power tweet sometimes questionable messages?  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. Part a class in human rights, and part 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.

 

Controversy, Debate, and Understanding  (Steven Sosensky)

Taking a controversial topic from American Jewry or Israeli politics, history, this course will provide a platform for debate and learning. With Steven Sosensky

 

Comparative Religions (Tad Martin)

As the constant news cycle continues to focus on conflict related to the three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - it 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 and discuss them in relation to the Abrahamic faiths, Western culture, and current events.

 

Junior/Senior Jewish Leadership & March of the Living (Facilitators:  Evan Wyner, Dena Schulman-Green)

Juniors and Seniors are invited to join in a year-long exploration of leadership and Holocaust studies.   As we learn together through debate and discussion, we will address what it means to be a leader in high school, in college, at work, and in the community.  Specifically, we will consider how our Judaism affects our leadership and what our responsibility as Jews is to the general community, the Jewish community, and the broader world.  Participants will experience leadership opportunities in the fall as we visit the United Nations and the ADL offices in NYC.  throughout the year, the course will intertwine the March of the Living Holocaust studies curriculum, our responsibilities as Jewish leaders to “Never forget” and culminate with a trip to Poland and Israel on the “March of the Living.”  (The cost for the March of the Living is NOT included and the program fees; participants in the full year program will be eligible for grants toward fees.)