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OUR TENT 2021

Continuing to make everyone's health and safety our first priority, we are ready to offer several of the following classes either "in person" only or a combination of "in person" and virtually.  We will contact all registered learners with any updates or changes to the program.

FIRST TRIMESTER SCHEDULE

First Trimester Dates: September 19 and 26, October 3, 10 17 and 24.

 

Our Tent Morning Schedule:

9:00-9:20 - Cafe/Gaga

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

SESSION 1  -- 20th Century Jewish History (Adult)

  • Class Description:

    20th Century Jewish History: This class will deal with Jewish history, predominantly in a chronological fashion, starting at the turn of the century. 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.

    Teacher: Dave Aron

    Age: Adult

     

 

  • Instructor: Dave Aron

    David 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 -- Artfully Jewish (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)

  • Class Description:

    Artfully Jewish: Get ready to exercise your creativity muscle in this class centered around exploring being Jewish through creative artwork. We will work in paint, mosaic, ink, paper, and other media. No experience or specific artistic skill needed, just a desire to roll up your sleeves and add beauty to the world This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: Susan Merdler

    Age: Kindergarten-4th Grade

     

 

  • Instructor: Susan Merdler

    Susan Merdler has been teaching learners of all ages for over ten years at STKA on topics from holidays to kugel!  When not volunteering at STKA and working full time, Susan enjoys being with family and friends, attending art exhibitions, reading and experimenting in the kitchen.

 

SESSION 1 -- Trailing Around with T'filah (Adult)

  • Class Description:

    Trailing Around with T’filah: In this class we will delve deep into prayer, meditation, nature and Jewish values in order to create a t’filah (prayer) trail for all ages at STKA. This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: Judy Schiller

    Age: Adult

 

  • Instructor: Judith Schiller

    Judith Schiller is the Director of the Retreat Institute for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, where she has developed a wide range of immersive experiences for many different audiences. Nature is her happy place and she is an environmental advocate, promoting earth connection and stewardship.

 

SESSION 1 -- And You Shall Teach it to Your Children:  Parent-Child Hebrew (5th & 6th graders with their parents)

  • Class Description:

    And You Shall Teach it to Your Children: Parent Child Hebrew: From aleph to tav and beyond, come learn to read Hebrew as a family! This class is a year-long commitment. By signing up for this class, you will also take this same class in the first learning session for all three trimesters. This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: Linda Wolfe

    Age: 5th and 6th graders with their parents

     

 

  • Instructor: Linda Wolfe

    Linda Wolfe has been teaching at ST-KA for over 45 years.  She teaches Hebrew in our learning program and to many of our B’nai Mitzvah students.  It is her true passion and joy!

 

SESSION 1 --We're All in This Together (5th to 11th grade)

  • Class Description:

    We’re All in This Together: Through games, activities and more learners will explore their own Jewish identity, what it means to be a leader, and how to find their place in the community. This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: Jon Hausman

    Age:5th -11th grade

     

We’re All in This Together: Through games, activities and more, learners will explore their own Jewish identity, what it means to be a leader, and how to find their place in the community. This class is offered in-person only.

Teacher: Jon Hausman

Age: 5th -11th grade

  • 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.

    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.

SESSION 1 -- MARVELous Questions: Big Questions, Judaism, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Adults)

  • Class Description:

    MARVELous Questions:  We tell stories to make sense of our lives and our world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe ( MCU), with its movies and television series grapples with some of the hardest questions: Is there free will? Who can make the choices for society? Who is most important- and why? What’s our role in the universe? Do we need to have powers to make change in the world? These questions are essential to our Jewish lives, too—you may be surprised by the Jewish wisdom we uncover together! This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher:  Rabbi Vann

    Age: Adults

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Vann

    .Linda Wolfe has been teaching at STKA for over 45 years.  She teaches Hebrew in our learning program and to many of our B’nai Mitzvah students.  It is her true passion and joy!

Rabbi Vann  is beginning her twenty-third year in the rabbinate and her eleventh 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 --Zooming Through Israel (All ages)

 

  • Class Description:

    Zooming through Israel: Led by an incredible Israeli tour guide, using all sorts of interactive technology, you will feel like you are actually in Israel!  Come see all of the amazing sights without leaving your home or the temple! This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher: TBD

    Ages: All

     

 

 

  • Instructor: TBD

     

 

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.

    Teacher: Liam Jacobs

    Age: 0-PreK learners

     

 

 

  • Instructor: Liam Jacobs

    After four years of working as a toddler teacher at the JCC, Liam Jacobs has recently returned to school to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cleveland State University. When he is not studying or working with and babysitting kids, he likes to stay physically active at the gym and in nature. He is very excited to continue in the STKA program this year.

 

 

 

SESSION 2 -- Old Worlds, New Readings Part II (Adults)

  • Class Description:

    Old Words, New Readings Part II: Jewish Texts from a Feminists Perspective: The words of the Hebrew Bible are our history and our legacy. They are often taken for granted, but some have looked at them through a different lens, that of feminist scholarship. In these sessions we will take this approach, relying on the work of the “mothers” of the field, close reading of several Biblical passages, and the opportunity to engage in re-reading and writing in this vein for yourselves.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE TAKEN PART I TO TAKE THIS CLASS. This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher: Muriel Lederman

    Age: Adults

     

 

  • 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 -- Please and Thank You (Kindergarten-4th grade)

  • Class Description:

    Please and Thank You: We are all created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s Image, and that means we should be accepted, respected and celebrated for exactly who we are.  In this class we will explore how being created b’tzelem Elohim influences the way we take care of ourselves, impacts how we treat others and shapes how we interact with the world. This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: Kathy Klein

    Age: Kindergarten-4th Grade

 

  • Instructor: Kathy Klein

    Kathy Klein has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Masters in Jewish Education. She taught for over 25 years at the Mayfield JCC, Park, & Mandel JCC Early Childhood Centers and was Director of Early Childhood Education at the Shaw Jewish Community Center in Akron. She has been active in Interfaith activities and received two community service awards from then Bishop Pilla. Her research in how young children construct identity was featured at Ingenuityfest. Now retired, she enjoys painting, textile art, and long walks with her husband, Peter, and their four German shepherds.

 

SESSION 2 -- I Write the Songs (Adult)

  • Class Description:

    I Write the Songs: We will study the lyrics from this famous Barry Manilow song, along with many other pop songs from the 60s to today through a Jewish lens.  What do they have to teach us about our philosophy, our values, our place in the world? This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher:  Rabbi Shana Nyer

    Ages:  Adult

  • Instructor: Rabbi Shana Nyer

    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 story teller 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 2 -- Trivia, Competition, Teamwork, Oh My! (7th grade - Adult)

  • Class Description:

    Trivia, Competition, Teamwork, Oh My!: Let’s make a Jewish game!  Participants will have a great deal if input in the ultimate form of this game, be it a trivia game about Jewish history and tradition, a board game with opposing teams, or a cooperative game where the players work together to meet a specific goal.  If you enjoy games and feel they don't have enough Judaism in them, sign up and help change that! This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: David Oppenheimer & David Nathenson

    Ages: 7th grade-Adult

     

     

     

     

 

  • Instructor: David Oppenheimer & David Nathenson

    David Oppenheimer is the son of Carolyn Oppenheimer and Rabbi Michael Oppenheimer of blessed memory.  He has been a long-standing member of the Suburban Temple Kol-Ami and with his wife Michelle and son Aron have participated in many programs with the Temple.  David also enjoys games, including board games.

    David Nathenson’s childhood love of outer space led me to a career as a rocket scientist. He is the father of three boys and a dog.  In his spare time, he enjoys creating board games to play with his wife and sons.

 

SESSION 2 -- Positively Included (5th - 11th grade)

  • Class Description:

    Jewish Geography:

    Teacher: David Oppenheimer

    Ages: 7th grade-Adult

     

     

     

     

Positively Included: We are all created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s Image, and that means we should be accepted, respected and celebrated for exactly who we are.  In this class we will explore how being created b’tzelem Elohim influences the way we take care of ourselves, and in future semesters, we will examine how it impacts the way we treat others and how it shapes the way we interact with the world This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

Teacher: Maya Cohen

Age: 5th’11th Grade

  • Instructor: Maya Cohen

     

Maya Cohen is a student going into her fifth year at the Ohio State University and is planning on graduating in the spring with a B.S in Early Childhood Education and a licensure to teach pre-K through 5th Grade. Her hometown is Cleveland, OH and has been attending Camp Wise since 2008, where she currently supervises the 15 year olds this summer. She is so excited to join the team and work with different ages throughout her school year!

SESSION 2 -- Mindfulness Movement (Adult)

  • Class Description:

    Jewish Geography:

    Teacher: David Oppenheimer

    Ages: 7th grade-Adult

     

     

     

     

Mindfulness Movement – This class will use Yoga with breathwork, meditation, and the Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar as gateway to mindfulness to transform body and soul. This class is offered in-person only.

Teacher: Tessa Gable

Age: Adult

  • Instructor: Tessa Gable

     

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.

SESSION 2 -- We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands (All ages)

  • Class Description:

    Jewish Geography:

    Teacher: David Oppenheimer

    Ages: 7th grade-Adult

     

     

     

     

    We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands: Tikkun olam is one of the ways we make our world a sacred space. In each class we learn about a different AMAZING tikkun olam program in our city from its leader, and then we will participate in a hands-on way to help! This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher: Rabbi Vann

    Ages: All

     

  • Instructor: Rabbi Vann

     

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

SESSION 2 -- Torah Tots (0-Pre-K)

 

  • 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.

    Teacher: Liam Jacobs

    Age: 0-PreK learners

     

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.

Teacher: Liam Jacobs

Age: 0-PreK learners

 

  • Instructor: Liam Jacobs
  • After four years of working as a toddler teacher at the JCC, Liam Jacobs has recently returned to school to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cleveland State University. When he is not studying or working with and babysitting kids, he likes to stay physically active at the gym and in nature. He is very excited to continue in the STKA program this year.

 

 

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