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Trimester 1 Learning Session 1 - 9:25-10:20


Trimester 1 Class Dates: September 23rd to October 28th


*****Attention all 8th-12th grade learners, please sign up for Madrichim for one session and then the class of your choice for the other session (Madrichim will be in the drop down box on the registration)*****

Class Name

Instructor

Age Group 

  • Sing Unto God A New Song: The History of Jewish Music

    From prayer to Israeli, modern to folk, the cannon of Jewish music is vast. This survey course of the many types of Jewish music will expose you to some of the classics and to what are sure to be classics!

 

 

  • Instructor: Cantor Dave Malecki

    Cantor Dave Malecki was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2016 and began as a faculty member at STKA in the fall of 2016.  He became our Director of Music last year and will bring his talents and knowledge to this class, to t’filah (services) and to many other classes.

 

**There are only 4 seats left for this class as of 7/30 at 8:01**

 

11th Grade - Adult 

  • The Wandering Jews: Exercise Your Mind and Body with Jewish Thought, Prayer and Mindfulness in the Solon Metroparks

    We will spend six Sundays walking in the Solon Metroparks where we will use Jewish thought, prayer, text study and mindfulness techniques to enhance our physical and spiritual wellbeing. 

 

  • Instructor: Amy Richards

    Amy Richards is a long-time member of STKA and a long-time faculty member.  For many years she taught art to our learners, and this trimester she will be teaching the art of mindfulness and spiritual practice.  Amy, and her family are active members of STKA.  Amy is a member of the Lifelong Learning Committee, her husband, Dan, is a Board member and learner in our program, her two oldest children, Sarah and Ben, were learners and madrichim before heading off to college and graduate school, and her youngest daughter, Lily, was confirmed last year, and will continue in our program this year.  Amy’s love of Judaism and being in nature will shine through as she combines the two.

** THIS CLASS MEETS FROM 10:00-11:30--PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS***

 

THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED

Adults

  • Tikkun Olam: Healing Our World

    Rabbi Arthur Green wrote, “Tikkun Olam begins with recognizing that we live in a broken world”. Our sacred task as human beings is to fix the world. Because we recognize that every human being is holy, the earth is sacred, and therefore we work towards perfecting the world. This message of justice and righteousness and morality is not new. The essential question is: HOW? Join Rabbi Vann to learn approaches for tikkun olam in today’s difficult world.

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Vann

    Rabbi Vann is beginning her twentieth year in the rabbinate and her eighth year as STKA’s spiritual leader.  She has always taken an active role in our learning program and loves to teach learners of all ages.  Rabbi Vann was a Brickner Fellow in Social Justice and one of the core group of clergy to work with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to found Reform Ohio, a group that works in the area of tikkun olam.  Come learn from her experience and her expertise!

 

11th Grade- Adult

  • Torah: Not Just a Bedtime Story

    Through the Book of Genesis, learners will discover what makes our Torah so special, why the people we read about are more than just characters in a book, and why the stories are more sacred that the ones we read before bed.

 

 

  • Instructor: Linda Wolfe

    Linda Wolfe has been teaching at STKA for over 40 years.  She teaches Hebrew in our learning program and to many of our B’nai Mitzvah students.  Linda took a seminar in Philosophical Inquiry, a method of teaching Torah to children that involves going deeper into text and helping them to ask big questions.  She will bring this knowledge, and her love for children and all things Jewish to this class.

 

K - 2nd Grade

  • The Art of Judaism: Learn about Jewish Artists and Become a Jewish Artist

    In this class learners will discover different Jewish artists throughout history, learn about their art, and then create a masterpiece of their own using Adobe Creative Suite.

 

  • Instructor: Abby Feldenkris

    Abby Feldenkris is one of five siblings who grew up at STKA and in our learning program.  After college she returned home and has been a faculty member for the past three years.  In addition to teaching classes mostly in the arts, using her expertise in graphic design, Abby also works as an aide with one of our students.  We can’t wait to welcome her son, Teddy, and a third generation into our program!

 

3rd - 5th Grade

  • The Amazing Race-Survivor: Judaism Edition

    Based on the two popular reality shows, learners will work with and compete against each other in age appropriate challenges, trivia and competitions to be the first to figure out the weekly clue. Along the way there will be advantages for those who pay close attention! The class will culminate in a final tribal council where one winner will be chosen by their classmates and win the ultimate STKA prize!

 

  • Instructor: Ori Akrish

    Ori Akrish is both a teacher as well as one of our youth group advisors.  He and his family are active members and he has been a faculty member for about a decade.  He brings creativity and a depth of knowledge to every class he teaches, and he will get you off your feet and moving!  We have loved having his older son, Josh, in the program, and we look forward to officially welcoming his younger son, Liam, to the program this year!

**THIS CLASS WILL ALSO BE OFFERED IN THE 2nd and 3rd TRIMESTER**

 

**There are only 2 seats left for this class as of 8/1 at 8 am**

All Ages

  • Count Me In!

    This sixth grade curriculum focuses on a great text from our Jewish tradition, “Everyone has three names: The one given by their parents, the one everyone calls them, and the one they earn by themselves.” During the weeks leading up to the community-wide program on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, our learners will be exploring each of the text’s three segments in very hands-on ways.

 

  • Intructor: Julie Pilloff

    Julie Pilloff and many generations of her family have been members of STKA for many years, and she is a long-time faculty member as well.  Julie has taught the Count Me In curriculum since it began, and she brings both expertise and enthusiasm to the class.  All three of Julie’s children have attended or are currently enrolled in our learning program, and the whole family has been very involved, especially when it comes to Purim!

**THIS CLASS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL 6TH GRADERS***

6th Grade

  • Hadracha: Madrichim Training

    This course is designed to prepare you, as madrichim, to work in the classroom.  You will spend these seven weeks learning about child development and how to work best with the students and teachers to which you are assigned.

 

  • Instructor: Lisa Adamson

    Lisa Adamson and her large extended family have been part of the STKA family for generations, and Lisa has been involved with our youth for a long time both as a teacher and as youth director. Lisa brings her experience as a high school guidance counselor to the work she does with our teens, helping to guide them to be leaders both inside and outside the classroom.  In addition to all the madrichim she has trained, all three of her own children have been madrichim in our program, and her daughter, Bri, has returned to be a faculty member.

**THIS CLASS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL 8TH GRADERS**

 

**THIS CLASS IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR TEMPLE MEMBERS**

8th Grade

  • Torah Tots

    This program is for our youngest learners. It will be available all morning and will include child care and age-appropriate fun Jewish learning. Please sign up for each learning session your child will be in Torah Tots.

 

  • Instructor: Rebekah Kaminski

    Rebekah Kaminski has been teaching Jewish pre-school for more than twelve years and is currently a pre-school teacher at Mandel JCC.  She will bring her experience, her enthusiasm, and her love of children to our youngest learners.

 

0-PreK

Trimester 1 Learning Session 2 - 11:05-12:00

Trimester 1 Class Dates: September 23 to October 28th


*****Attention all 8th-12th grade learners, please sign up for Madrichim for one session and then the class of your choice for the other session (Madrichim will be in the drop down box on the registration)*****

Class Name

Instructor

Age Group 

  • "Hear" My Prayer: Learning How to Recite Prayers in Sign Language

    Whether spoken, sung, silent or signed, God hears all our prayers. In this class, learners will discover another way to talk to God – through sign language!

 

  • Instructors: Karen Schiller and Cantor Dave Malecki

    Karen Schiller works as an interpreter for Cleveland Hearing and Speech and brings her knowledge of both American Sign Language and Judaism to this class.  She has been teaching and interpreting for us for the past two years and has become an integral part of our program. You can also often find her and her family at Come Grow With Me Shabbat!

     

    Cantor Dave Malecki was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2016 and began as a faculty member at STKA in the fall of 2016.  He became our Director of Music last year and will bring his talents and knowledge to this class, to t’filah (services) and to many other classes.

     

     

 

6th - 9th Grade 

  • The Wandering Jews: Exercise Your Mind and Body with Jewish Thought, Prayer and Mindfulness in the Solon Metroparks

    We will spend six Sundays walking in the Solon Metroparks where we will use Jewish thought, prayer, text study and mindfulness techniques to enhance our physical and spiritual wellbeing. 

 

  • Instructor: Amy Richards

    Amy Richards is a long-time member of STKA and a long-time faculty member.  For many years she taught art to our learners, and this trimester she will be teaching the art of mindfulness and spiritual practice.  Amy, and her family are active members of STKA.  Amy is a member of the Lifelong Learning Committee, her husband, Dan, is a Board member and learner in our program, her two oldest children, Sarah and Ben, were learners and madrichim before heading off to college and graduate school, and her youngest daughter, Lily, was confirmed last year, and will continue in our program this year.  Amy’s love of Judaism and being in nature will shine through as she combines the two.

**THIS CLASS MEETS FROM 10:00-11:30--PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS**

 

**THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED**

Adults

  • Rabbi, What if I Drop the Torah?!?!: The Basics of Synagogue Rituals

     What is all the silver on the Torah? What does happen if a Torah falls? Why are the Torahs different sizes? When do we sit and stand? Is there a proper way to light the Shabbat candles? This workshop will give each learner increased knowledge and familiarity with the rituals during our Shabbat services, bring added meaning and joy. 

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Vann

    Rabbi Vann is beginning her twentieth year in the rabbinate and her eighth year as STKA’s spiritual leader.  She has always taken an active role in our learning program and loves to teach learners of all ages.  As Rabbi Vann takes great pleasure in celebrating the Jewish year and officiating life cycle events, she understands the importance that rituals can play in our lives. It is this understanding and the depth of knowledge that she will bring to this class.

 

11th Grade - Adult 

  • Dare to Explore Your Jewish Identity Through Improv for Parents and Children

    Have an awesome time learning improv comedy exercises and games and how they relate to our ideals as Jews. Includes a fun end of class performance at our MLK Sunday program.

 

  • Instructor: Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

    Deena Nyer Mendlowitz is a pre-school teacher and improviser, both of which are sure to guide her as she teaches this class.  Deena and her son, Rafi, are active members of STKA and actively involved in Our Tent.  If you need a good laugh, a good pun, or a good way to connect pop culture, especially from the 80s, to Judaism, Deena is your gal!

 

Kindergarten - 5th grade AND THEIR PARENTS

  • Shabbat Shalom at Home: Learning How to Make Shabbat Special at Home

    In this class learners will, in a very hands on way, discover why we celebrate Shabbat, how we can make Shabbat special, and will create all the ritual items needed to make Shabbat at home!

 

  • Instructor: Laura Barnard

    Laura Barnard loves Judaism and she loves our youngest students, which has made her a wonderful faculty member for many years.  Laura’s daughters grew up in our program, and Laura is a Board member and supportive of our community and Our Tent in so many ways.

 

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • Eat Your Way Around the World!: Jewish Cooking from Many Cultures:

    Our taste buds have come from near and far , carrying with them the foods of many different lands from ancestors before us. Using what was available, Jewish food has a variety of goodness, history and memories. Enjoy learning, tasting and making your own memories as we travel through the world while staying in our own  tent.

 

  • Instructor: Susan Merdler

    Susan Merdler raised her daughter at STKA along with her husband, Lyle, and has been an active member and dedicated faculty member.  Susan is currently on the Board and president of Kol Nashim.  She has taught many ages and stages in our learning program, and this year will be combining her love of cooking with her love of Judaism.

 

**THIS CLASS WILL ALSO BE OFFERED IN THE 3RD TRIMESTER**

***THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED*****

All Ages

  • B'tzelem Elohim: Being Our Best Selves

    What does it mean to be created b’tzelem Elohim –  in God's image? Learn about what it means to be b’tzelem Elohim in 2018. With games, art, texts and more we will go beyond the Golden Rule to find what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.

 

  • Instructor: Bri Adamson

    Bri Adamson was a learner and madricha in our program before going off to college.  Since returning she has been an aide for a student and a faculty member.  Bri received her master’s in social work this past May and will bring that knowledge, her love of children, and her love of Judaism to this class.

 

3rd - 5th Grade

  • We’re All in This Together: An Experiential Community Building Adventure

    Through games, activities and more learners will explore their own Jewish identity and what it means to be part of a community.

 

  • Instructor: Jon Hausman

    Jon Hausman has a master’s in experiential education and has worked as both the Director of Youth Engagement for a Synagogue and Program Director for Camp Wise. Jon is excellent with teens and will bring his experience and an incredible energy and sense of humor to this class.

 

7th - 9th Grade

  • Torah Tots

    This program is for our youngest learners. It will be available all morning and will include child care and age-appropriate fun Jewish learning. Please sign up for each learning session your child will be in Torah Tots.

 

  • Instructor: Rebekah Kaminski

    Rebekah Kaminski has been teaching Jewish pre-school for more than twelve years and is currently a pre-school teacher at Mandel JCC.  She will bring her experience, her enthusiasm, and her love of children to our youngest learners.

 

0-PreK

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