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

Class Dates:

September 8, 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20, 27

If you are in 8th - 12th grade, please register for ONE learning session as a learner, and ONE session as a Madrich/a.

 

Class Name

Instructor

Age Group 

Shomrei Ha'adamah: Taking Care of Our World and Our Sacred Space  (Must Take Session 1 and 2)

 

  • Class Description:

    This class will focus on our Jewish connections to the earth, our responsibility for guarding it, what it means in today’s world to be an advocate for the environment, and how all of this influences how we care for our sacred space at STKA. THIS CLASS MEETS BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS – PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS. BUSES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TRANSPORTATION.

 

 

  • Instructor: Judy Schiller
     

 

7th - 12th Graders

Shabbat: A Sanctuary of Time

  • Class Description:

    The famous Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord.” In this class we will explore the deep meanings of Shabbat and different ways to look at, listen to, taste, experience and celebrate this sanctuary of time.

 

  • Instructor: Susan Merdler

    Susan has been teaching learners of all ages for 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.

 

Adult

And You Shall Teach it to Your Children:Parent/Child Hebrew

  • Class Description:

    From aleph to tav and beyond, come learn to read Hebrew as a family! This class is a year-long commitment. By signing up you will take this class in the first learning session all three trimesters.

 

  • 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. 

 

5th and 6th Graders with their Parents

The Value of Art

  • Class Description:

    In this class we will dive deep into Jewish values. We will also explore the meaning certain colors hold in Judaism and for us personally. Through our discussion about values and colors learners will be able to create paintings based on a value they find meaningful. These works of art will be displayed at our On Holy Grounds Tikkun Olam Coffee House in January.

 

  • Instructor: Meghann Hennen

    Meghann was born and raised in Beachwood, Ohio. She is an artist, early childhood educator, and ballet teacher to young children. In 2006 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The University of Akron. In 2008 she graduated with my Master of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School of Design studying Painting and Performance Art. Then in 2015 she graduated from Columbia University, Teachers College with her second Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has performed and exhibited her work in the United States and in Europe. She and her husband live in Shaker Heights and love spending time with their cats!

 

4th-7th Grade

If Not Now, When?: The Teachings of Pirke Avot (The Wisdom of Our Ancestors) *(THIS CLASS IS CLOSED)

  • Class Description:

    In this class we will discover some of Judaism’s most popular teachings from this book of rabbinic writings. Through food, art, games and more come let us learn together!

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Shoshana 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.

 

All Ages

L'Chaim - To Life: Learning About the Jewish Life-Cycle *(1 Seat Left)

  • Class Description:

    Throughout our Jewish lives we celebrate so many special milestones. In this class we will learn about them all!

 

  • 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 past Board member and supportive of our community and Our Tent in so many ways.

 

K-3rd Grade

The Timely and Timeless: Learning Talmud for Today 

  • Class Description:

    How can I create meaningful community? What are my most important values? How can I have an impact? All of these are timely-and timeless- questions. With the aid of Rabbi Scheinerman’s The Talmud of Relationships, we’ll learn about how our ancient Rabbis used the Talmud to delve into these most important questions.

 

  • Instructor: Rabbi Vann

    Rabbi Vann is beginning her twenty-first 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 and wide range of subjects to learners of all ages. Rabbi Vann fell in love with this book over Sabbatical and can’t wait to share it with her learners!

 

12th Grade-Adult

Torah Tots

  • 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: TBD
     

 

0-PreK

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

Trimester 1 Class Dates:

September 8, 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20, 27

If you are in 8th - 12th grade, please register for ONE learning session as a learner, and ONE session as a Madrich/a.

 

Class Name

Instructor

Age Group 

Count Me In!

  • Class Description:

    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 3, our learners will be exploring each of the text’s three segments in very hands-on ways.

 

  • Instructors: Bri Adamson

    Bri Adamson was a learner and madricha in our program before going off to college. Since returning she has worked with individual students and been a wonderful addition to our faculty. Bri has a master’s in social work and will bring that knowledge, her love for and understanding of tweens, and her love of Judaism to this class.

 

Mandatory for all 6th Graders

Shomrei Ha'adamah: Taking Care of Our World and Our Sacred Space  (Must Take Session 1 and 2)

 

  • Class Description:

    This class will focus on our Jewish connections to the earth, our responsibility for guarding it, what it means in today’s world to be an advocate for the environment, and how all of this influences how we care for our sacred space at STKA. THIS CLASS MEETS BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS – PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH LEARNING SESSIONS. BUSES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TRANSPORTATION.

 

 

  • Instructor: Judy Schiller

    Judith Schiller is the Director of the Retreat Institute of 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.

 

7th - 12th Graders

Koleinu Youth Choir

  • Class Description:

    Love to sing? Let's learn the music of Sheldon Low and other contemporary Jewish musicians as well as the prayers we sing in services! Our youth choir will sing during t’filah and perform with Sheldon and his wife Hadar on the bimah in early 2020 as part of his scholarship-in-residence! THIS CLASS WILL BE OFFERED ALL THREE TRIMESTERS – YOU CAN JOIN FOR ANY OR ALL!

 

  • Instructor: Deb Rogers

    Deb Rogers loves to share her passion for art and contemporary Jewish music with others. She divides her time between her family, her over-the-top cake decorating business, and her work as Interim Music Director at ST-KA.

 

3rd - 8th Grade

Express Yourself

  • Class Description:

    This class will combine creative writing, Jewish text, and expressive arts as we find new ways to explore who we are as Jews and as ourselves.

 

  • Instructor: Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

    Deena Nyer Mendlowitz is a pre-school 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 gal!

 

8th Grade to Adult

Turning Points in Jewish History III - The Rise of Eastern European Judaism to the Rise of the Reform Movement * (THIS CLASS IS CLOSED)

  • Class Description: NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE TAKEN PARTS I AND II OF THIS CLASS TO REGISTER

    This course deals with six turning points Jewish History form the rise of Eastern European Judaism to the rise of the Reform Movement. Aspects of each turning point will be discussed including their historical background, how the Jews understood their experience of them, their impact and their legacy. This course is based on Chapters 13-18 of Turning Points in Jewish History by Marc J. Rosenstein, which will be provided.

 

  • 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.

 

Adult

A Generational Experience of the Holocaust *(THIS CLASS IS CLOSED)

  • Class Description:

    The course will discuss the timeline of the Holocaust (1938-1945), and specifics of the Nazis' methods. We will also explore the survival experiences of Mr. Dub's parents, and his experience growing up as the child of survivors. The course will rely on several videos to be shown in class, as well as assigned reading materials (including Primo Levy's classic Survival in Auschwitz, which will be provided).

 

  • Instructor: Stan Dub

    Stanley Dub has practiced Law since 1975, mostly in the Cleveland area; his practice emphasizes Franchise Law and he teaches Franchise Law as an Adjunct Professor at CWRU Law School. Mr. Dub is the son of two Holocaust survivors who moved to Canada in 1949 and to Cleveland in 1953. Mr. Dub's grandparents and 9 of his parents' siblings perished in the Holocaust, and Holocaust study has been a longtime interest for him.

 

12th Grade-Adult

The Art of Dancing: Israeli Music

  • Class Description:

    In this class we will explore different Israeli music from classic folk to modern contemporary. We will then pick a song that we like as a class and choreograph a dance to it. Finally, we will use special painted shoes to create a canvas of our dance. We will perform the dance and display our canvas and our On Holy Grounds Tikkun Olam Coffee House in January.

 

  • Instructor: Meghann Hennen

    Meghann was born and raised in Beachwood, Ohio. She is an artist, early childhood educator, and ballet teacher to young children. In 2006 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The University of Akron. In 2008 she graduated with my Master of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School of Design studying Painting and Performance Art. Then in 2015 she graduated from Columbia University, Teachers College with her second Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has performed and exhibited her work in the United States and in Europe. She and her husband live in Shaker Heights and love spending time with their cats!

 

All Ages

Life is a Song, Sing It:

  • Class Description:

    Learn some of your favorite songs from T’filah (services) and some of the best of today’s Jewish music, including the music of Sheldon Low who will be visiting our congregation in January. We will even learn a special song to sing with him at his concert!

 

  • Instructor: Nancy Perillo

    Nancy Perillo is a public-school music educator for grades K-1 and has taught music classes to both children and adults at STKA. She has co-led t’filah the past two years in Our Tent and will continue to do so this year. Nancy also teaches private string lessons in Mentor and plays first violin in the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Beachwood.

 

K-2nd Grade

Torah Tots

  • 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: TBD
     

 

0-PreK

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