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OUR TENT 2022-23

SECOND TRIMESTER SCHEDULE

DATES:  November 6, 13, 20 & December 4, 11, 18

Our Tent Morning Schedule:

9:00-9:20 - Cafe

9:25-10:20 - Learning Session I

10:25-11:00 - T'filah (Services)

11:05-12:00 - Learning Session II

 

For a downloadable PDF of Class Descriptions Click Here

To Register Click Here

SESSION 1 -- 20th Century Jewish History - Part V (Adults)

Class Description:

20th Century Jewish History – Part V: This class will deal with Jewish history, predominantly in a chronological fashion, starting in the 1930s. However, there will be side trips into such general issues as assimilation, antisemitism, and immigration, and whatever else strikes my fancy (or yours). 

This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE TAKEN THE PREVIOUS TRIMESTERS TO ENROLL IN THIS CLASS.

Instructor: Dave Aron

Dave Aron, a physician and researcher, is Professor of Medicine at CWRU School of Medicine.  In addition to the medical school, he teaches at the Weatherhead School of Management.  Dave is an active member of the temple and can be found every Shabbat morning at Torah Study.

SESSION 1 -- Uncovering My Family Tree: An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy -- (Adults)

Class Description:

Uncovering My Family Tree: An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy: Many of us have watched television shows where celebrities discover their family roots in under an hour, receiving a multigenerational family tree at the end of the program. This mini-course will introduce participants to the tools through which they may discover their own family roots. We will learn how to do computer searches on popular genealogy websites, interview relatives for family stories, find hidden treasures in our own homes, and understand the basics of DNA.

This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

 

 

Instructor: Sylvia Abrams & Ken Bravo

Sylvia F. Abrams is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Siegal College. Sylvia holds a Ph.D., Social Policy History, from CWRU. She is Immediate Past - President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, was President of CAJE, Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, a past member of the Ohio Council on Holocaust Education and past chair of the Jewish Archives Committee, Western Reserve Historical Society. She is co-author of “Abraham Hayyim Friedland and the Context, Structures, and Content of Jewish Education,” in Cleveland Jews in the Urban Midwest, (2019, Rutgers University Press). Dr. Abrams teaches for Siegal Lifelong Learning of Case Western Reserve University. 

Ken Bravo is the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and a Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.  He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of genealogy subjects.  He has been searching his own roots since the mid-1970s and, in more recent years, has added the families of the spouses of his four children to his research. 

SESSION 1 -- Mayor Mitzvah & Senator Schmooze -- (Adults)

Class Description:

Mayor Mitzvah & Senator Schmooze: Chuck, Bernie, Merle, Armond… Ivanka?? There are many recognizable Jews who have shaped our national and local politics, but they are not alone in the history of American government. Learn more about the many Hebrews in the halls of power in this fun, nonpartisan class for adults.

This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

Instructor: Alan Hazzard

Alan Hazzard has been teaching at ST-KA for 15 years and is a member the Board of Trustees. Professionally he works at Westfield Insurance managing the company's real estate and facilities.

SESSION 1 -- Our Roots as a Congregation and Where We are Growing -- (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)

Class Description:

Our Roots as a Congregation and Where We are Growing: As we get ready to celebrate our 75th anniversary, this class will take a look back how we started, what we are doing today, and where we are going.

This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Linda Wolfe

This is Linda Wolfe’s 50th year teaching at STKA.  She teaches Hebrew in our learning program and to many of our B’nai Mitzvah students.  She also loves teaching our youngest learners about Torah and values! It is her true passion and joy!

SESSION 1 -- Things You Never Knew About Israel -- (5th-12th Grade)

Class Description:

Things You Never Knew About Israel: Through games, activities, music, food and more, Tomer, our shinshin, will teach you all about her home, and share with you all her favorite facts and secrets about Israel.

This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Tomer Blise

Tomer Blise, our shinshin, is from Beit Shean which is Cleveland's sister city. Growing up in Beit Shean she always heard about Cleveland and participated in the partnership programs. Her family has hosted an American for Shabbat dinner for the last 7 years. She is part of Scientific Leadership which is a STEM program, and she has been a guide in the program for the last 4 years and is now responsible for most of the national trips and seminars. She is head of Beit Shean’s youth council and a representative in the regional and national councils.

SESSION 1 -- People of the Book -- (3rd-5th Grade)

Class Description:

People of the Book: We as Jews have been called a “People of the Book.” This describes both our connection to Torah and our love of learning.  In this class we will literally become a people of the book as we create a book club together.  We will read the first book in the Warriors series, Warriors: Into the Wild (we will provide the book for everyone) and discover how we can find our Jewish story and Jewish values in our everyday interests.

This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Micah Nathenson & Rabbi Shana Nyer

Micah Nathenson is a person who reads a lot of books. He is a cool fourth grader at Boulevard Elementary in Shaker Heights. He lives with Ollie, the cutest dog on the planet, his parents and his two older brothers.

Rabbi Shana Nyer was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003 and received her Master of Arts in Religious Education from there in 2016. She loves teaching students of all ages and is passionate about advocating for the inclusion of all learners.  Rabbi Shana is a gifted storyteller who loves to teach Jewish values through this medium, and also gets excited when her lessons combine her knowledge of and passion for Judaism and her interest in all things pop culture.

SESSION 1 -- Moving Our Way through Torah -- (Kindergarten - Adults)

Class Description:

Moving Our Way through Torah: This class will use Yoga with breath work, meditation, and some of our most well-known Torah stories as gateway to mindfulness to transform body and soul.

This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Tessa Gable & Rabbi Allison Vann

Tessa Gable has been a member of STKA since 2019.  She is a registered yoga teacher completing a 200-hour Hatha yoga training in May.  She loves cycling, painting, learning about anything spiritual, and spending time with family.  The spiritual hippy lives in Concord Township with her dog and love, Harley.

Rabbi Vann is beginning her twenty-fourth year in the rabbinate and her twelfth year as STKA’s spiritual leader.  She has always taken an active role in our learning program and loves to teach a wide range of subjects to learners of all ages.

SESSION 1 -- Torah Tots (0-PreK Learners)

Class Description:

Torah Tots: This program is for our youngest learners. It will be available all morning and will include childcare and age-appropriate fun Jewish learning. 

Please sign up for each session your child will be in Torah Tots. This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Liam Jacobs

After four years of working as a toddler teacher at the JCC, Liam returned to school to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cleveland State University and will now be in a full-time graduate program at CSU to become a School Psychologist. When he is not studying or babysitting, he likes to stay physically active at the gym and in nature. He is very excited to return as the Torah Tots teacher this year and to connect with the STKA community.

SESSION 2 -- Current Issues through a Jewish Feminist Lens -- (Adults)

Class Description:

Current Issues through a Jewish Feminist Lens: We will consider the positions inherent in American and Israeli feminism(s) and apply these principles to current Jewish issues such as reproductive rights, critical race theory and anti-Zionism vs. antisemitism. Come prepared to defend your positions or have them change!

This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

Instructor: Muriel Lederman

Muriel Lederman is retired from Biology and Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech. She is newish to Cleveland and enjoys the Art Museum, the Symphony and teaching in Health Humanities at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

SESSION 2 -- Who is the God You Believe In? -- Adult -- (Adults)

Class Description:

Who is the God You Believe In?: Do you like apples? Maybe you love sweet juicy Honeycrisps but hate tart Granny Smiths. It’s hard to say with just the word ‘apple’. Do you believe in God? It’s hard to say with just the word ‘God’ when there are so many understandings of God. We will explore the understandings of God to discover the ones we like most.

This class is offered in-person and on Zoom.  Please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

Instructor: Rabbi Ben Sternman

Rabbi Ben recently retired from being the rabbi of Adat Chaverim in Plano, TX and moved back to Cleveland, his adopted hometown. He is grateful to continue to teach, a passion of his.

SESSION 2 -- I've Got a Feeling -- (Adults)

Class Description:

I’ve Got a Feeling: Emotions matter. They guide our choices and move us in ways the intellect alone cannot. In this class we develop an understanding and practice of emotional intelligence and explore it through Jewish traditions. This interactive class will use simulations, movies, and Jewish texts to explore emotional intelligence.

This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

Instructor: Tracey Messer

Tracey Messer is a professor at Case Western Reserve University at the Weatherhead School of Management and a proponent of emotional intelligence. She and her wife Karen are active members of STKA.

SESSION 2 -- This is How We Do It -- (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)

Class Description:

This is How We Do It! We often study the why of the Jewish holidays – why do we celebrate?  And we study the when – when does the holiday fall?  But sometimes we gloss over the how?  This class will remind us of the why and when but will really focus on the how.  How do we celebrate each holiday, and especially how can we celebrate them at home. Additionally, whether ritual object or recipe, we will make something special for each holiday, that you can use to celebrate as a family.

This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Emily Weisblatt

Emily Weisblatt graduated from Florida State University in May with her bachelors in elementary education and her masters in curriculum and instruction. She is currently working at Mandel Jewish Day School as a second-grade language arts, social studies and science teacher. She is happy to be back in Cleveland after moving away 15 years ago and is so excited to join the Suburban Temple-Kol Ami community!

SESSION 2 -- Chai Five Sports -- (Kindergarten-Adults)

Class Description:

Chai Five Sports: In this class we will take sports to the next level. Whether we are playing games or learning about great moments from the past and present, we will not only have a good time, but also see where Jewish values and sports connect.

This class is offered in-person only. 

Instructor: Noah "Nappel" Appel & Alan Hazzard

Noah Appel, or Nappel as he is known, will be finishing his bachelor’s degree in social work at Cleveland State University, after beginning at Kent State University. He has spent 11 summers at Camp Wise, including this past summer as the Sports Supervisor.  He will bring his love of sports, his love of fun and his love for life to this class!

Alan Hazzard has been teaching at ST-KA for 15 years and is a member the Board of Trustees. Professionally he works at Westfield Insurance managing the company's real estate and facilities.

SESSION 2 -- Torah Tots (0-PreK Learners)

Class Description:

Torah Tots: This program is for our youngest learners. It will be available all morning and will include childcare and age-appropriate fun Jewish learning. 

Please sign up for each session your child will be in Torah Tots. This class is offered in-person only.

Instructor: Liam Jacobs

After four years of working as a toddler teacher at the JCC, Liam returned to school to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cleveland State University and will now be in a full-time graduate program at CSU to become a School Psychologist. When he is not studying or babysitting, he likes to stay physically active at the gym and in nature. He is very excited to return as the Torah Tots teacher this year and to connect with the STKA community.

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