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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.

SECOND TRIMESTER SCHEDULE

Second Trimester Dates:  October 31. November 7, 14, 21. December 5, 12.

 

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

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

  • Class Description
  • 20th Century Jewish History – Part II: 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). 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: 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 -- Welcome To My House (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)

  • Class Description:

    Welcome to My House: In this class we will take a weekly scavenger hunt around the temple to discover the ritual objects, the art, and the people who work here. As we do, we will discover what makes this house holy and special. 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 -- What Would Hillel Do? (Adults)

  • Class Description:

    What Would Hillel Do?: This class is back in case you missed it the first time! Rabbi Hillel was one of our greatest sages, and his advice is timeless.  In this class, we will discover his wisdom and how it applies to our lives today. 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

    Age: 7th Grade-Adult

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Shana Nyer

    .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 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 -- Mah Tovu! How Good It (All) Is! (Adults)

  • Class Description:

    Mah Tovu! How Good it [All] is!: This course will consider “space/s” in our lives and how we can pursue holiness through the lens of the verse “Mah Tovu Ohalecha…”. We’ll consider physical and spiritual spaces such as the synagogue and our homes, and discuss how God may even take up “space”! This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher: Rabbi Vann

    Age: Adult

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Allison 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 -- Text Me: Making Digital Spaces Holy (5th-11th Grade)

  • Class Description:

    Mah Tovu! How Good it [All] is!: This course will consider “space/s” in our lives and how we can pursue holiness through the lens of the verse “Mah Tovu Ohalecha…”. We’ll consider physical and spiritual spaces such as the synagogue and our homes, and discuss how God may even take up “space”! This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher: Rabbi Vann

    Age: Adult

Text Me: Making Digital Spaces Holy: Our world of technology continues to move at an astounding pace, permeating our lives in multiple ways. It has the potential to enhance our connection to others, as well as to create tension, discord, even harm. Text Me will explore the opportunities and impacts of social media, phones, and the Internet at large, and learners will discuss ways to bring our Jewish values to these digital spaces. This class is offered in-person only.

Teacher: Alan Hazzard

Ages: 5th-11th Grade

  • Instructor: Alan Hazzard

    .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!

Alan Hazzard has been teaching at ST-KA for 14 years and recently joined the Board of Trustees. Professionally he works at Westfield Insurance managing the company's real estate and facilities.

SESSION 1 -- The Kitchen as a Sacred Place (All ages -- those 6th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

  • Class Description:

    Jewish Geography:

    Teacher: David Oppenheimer

    Ages: 7th grade-Adult

     

     

     

     

    The Kitchen as a Sacred Space: No room in a home serves as many purposes as a kitchen: gathering space, family space, storage space, learning space, a place for nourishment, and – oh yeah – food preparation! Join us for this hands-on, mouthwatering culinary journey as we explore through recipes, stories, and sampling food how our kitchens can be a sacred space. This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register. THIS CLASS RUNS ALL MORNING WITH A BREAK FOR T’FILAH, PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS.

    Teacher: Deb Rogers

    Age: All Ages – THOSE 6TH GRADE AND UNDER MUCH BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

     

  • Instructor: Deb Rogers

     

Deb Rogers loves to share her passion for art, cooking, and contemporary Jewish music with others. She divides her time between her family and her work as Cantorial Soloist at ST-KA.. 

SESSION 1 -- My Home Israel AWESOME! (5th-11th Grade)

 

  • 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

     

My Home Israel AWESOME:Our Shin Shin Shir will take you on a 6-week tour of what makes her home country such a special place.  From modern Hebrew slang to pop music, to all her favorite places to hang out, this is an amazing chance to get to know Shir and our Jewish Homeland! This class is offered in-person only.

Age: 5th-7th Grade

Teacher: Shir Zuckerman

 

  • Instructor: Shir Zuckerman

    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.

Shir Zuckerman is our Shin Shin for the year, an Israeli teen who is on a gap year between high school and the army.  She is from Hod Hasharon and loves it there, because although it is kind of a big city, everyone knows one another.  There are beautiful fields and a small lake that she likes to go to for picnics. She also spends lots of time with her friends in coffee shops and listening to music. Her name means “song” in Hebrew, so of course, she loves music! Shir plays the piano and sings. Music was one of her majors in high school, and history was the other. Besides music, she loves to travel around her beautiful country. The beach and the desert are her favorite places in the world, and it is so fun that it’s all nearby. She was a guide in the scouts for two years and worked with 4th – 6th grade boys and girls. She loved being a guide because  you could become friends with people that are way younger and be an inspiration to them! She is excited to spend a whole year with us in Cleveland!

 

 

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 -- Jewish Europe - Past, Present, and Future?

  • Class Description:

    Jewish Europe – Past, Present, and Future?: In this class we will delve into the life of European Jewry through the towns and cities they lived in. From the "Eastern Jews" of Poland, to the Western Jews of Berlin. We will learn about the communities through the history and a virtual tour of current days This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register.

    Teacher: Hillel Meyer

    Age: Adult

     

 

  • Instructor: Hillel Meyer

    Hillel Meyer is the in-house educator and international guide for Da'at Educational Expeditions. He plays a major role in the content development for all Da’at and ARZA World groups by inspecting new sites, meeting with potential speakers and composing individual programs for our groups. Born in Montreal, Canada, Hillel moved with his family to Israel as a child. After completing his mandatory IDF service, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew University. In addition, he has various teacher and education certificates, including Jewish History and Israel in the 21st Century. Hillel lives in Tel Aviv and is a proud father to two boys - Yair and Nadav. When he is not working or guiding, Hillel enjoys playing the piano and enthusiastically practices cross-fit.

     

 

SESSION 2 -- And You Shall Be Holy (Kindergarten - 4th Grade)

  • Class Description:

    And You Shall Be Holy: How can be holy?  The Torah gives us a perfect recipe in the Book of Leviticus.  We will study parts of Leviticus 19, called the Holiness Code, and discover together how to be our best selves. This class is offered in-person only.

    Age: Kindergarten-4th Grade

    Teacher: Linda Wolfe

 

  • Instructor: Linda Wolfe

    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!

 

SESSION 2 -- Turn It, Turn It, Turn It Again: Looking at TV, Movies and Torah from a Different Point-of-View (Adults)

  • Class Description:

    Turn It, Turn It, Turn It Again: Looking at TV, Movies and Torah from a Different Point-of View: Think about how Wicked gives us insight into the Wicked Witch of the West by telling the story from her point-of-view.  And think about all the lesson we learned from that retelling! In this class we will turn pop-culture and Torah stories on their head and consider a different perspective.  This class is offered in-person only.

    Teacher: Rabbi Shana Nyer and Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

    Age: 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 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. .

    Deena Nyer Mendlowitz is a teacher and improviser.  She is also a master of creative expression, which is 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 person!

 

SESSION 2 -- Old Words, New Readings (7th - 11th Grade)

  • Class Description:

    Old Words, New Readings: 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.  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: 7TH-11TH Grade

     

     

     

     

 

  • 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 -- 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 mean we should be accepted, respected and celebrated for exactly who we are.  Having explored last semester,  how be created b’tzelem Elohim influences the way we take care of ourselves, this past trimester, we will examine how it impacts the way we treat others  and then next trimester we will look at  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. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE TAKEN THE PREVIOUS TRIMESTER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

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 a gateway to mindfulness to transform body and soul. This class is offered in-person only. THIS CLASS WILL OFFER DIFFERENT LESSONS FROM FIRST TRIMESTER, SO YOU CAN SIGN UP AGAIN.

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 -- The Kitchen as a Sacred Place (All ages -- those 6th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

  • Class Description:

    Jewish Geography:

    Teacher: David Oppenheimer

    Ages: 7th grade-Adult

     

     

     

     

    The Kitchen as a Sacred Space: No room in a home serves as many purposes as a kitchen: gathering space, family space, storage space, learning space, a place for nourishment, and – oh yeah – food preparation! Join us for this hands-on, mouthwatering culinary journey as we explore through recipes, stories, and sampling food how our kitchens can be a sacred space. This class is offered on Zoom or in-person, please indicate how you will be taking the class when you register. THIS CLASS RUNS ALL MORNING WITH A BREAK FOR T’FILAH, PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS.

    Teacher: Deb Rogers

    Age: All Ages – THOSE 6TH GRADE AND UNDER MUCH BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

     

  • Instructor: Deb Rogers

     

Deb Rogers loves to share her passion for art, cooking, and contemporary Jewish music with others. She divides her time between her family and her work as Cantorial Soloist at ST-KA.. 

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.

 

 

 

Sat, October 16 2021 10 Cheshvan 5782