Jewish Teen Education (JTE) 

Tuition

 

Tuition is $180 if paid by January 17 and $200 thereafter.

 

Schedule

 

Classes are Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Students elect two classes per semester.

The first class period starts at 7 p.m..

The second class period starts at 8 p.m. 

 

Spring semester dates: January 24-April 25

No classes February 21 and April 11 due to public school breaks.

 

JTE Classes

First Class Period (7-8 p.m.)


 

Cooking

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. With Asya Tibi

 

Here and There:  A Comparison of American and Israeli Teen Culture

Come join Young Emissaries Raz and Yotam and 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.

 

JTE Yoga

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. With Sherri Sosensky

 

Jewish Images in Media

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

 

The Big Questions                

Explore the Jewish views on many controversial social issues of our society such as abortion, death penalty, and LGBT rights. With Mark Oppenheimer

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


 

Cooking

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.  Asya Tibi

 

Controversy, Debate, and Understanding

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:  An Exploration Through Film              

In this second semester, we will explore how traditional religious stories are portrayed in film.   We will be covering a variety of world religions through media. Tad Martin

                       

Scandals of the Torah

Before texting, people communicated through stories passed down through the generations.  What were they telling us about our ancestors?  Was Noah really righteous?   Was Cain framed?  Learn how Jacob was double crossed as we get to the truth behind the legends. With Rabbi Mendel

 

Gender Equality

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. With Sharon Rosenblatt

 

Make a Difference               

Do something right here, right now! Explore the needs of our own community and design your very own service project. Hear from representatives from our various community leaders including Food4Kids, Refugee Resettlement, and the Towers among others.  This is your chance to help make the world a better place! With Sydney Perry and Rabbi Josh Ratner