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Trimester 3 Learning Session 1 - 9:25-10:20

Trimester 3 Learning Session 1 - 9:25-10:20

Trimester 3 Class Dates:
January 13, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 3, 10

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 

The Torah in Song

  • Class Description:

    Now that you know how to read Hebrew, learn how to read trope, the different symbols that give you the melody to go with the words in the Torah! Once you know this you can be a Torah reader for life!

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

11th grade - Adult

Jewish LOL

  • Class Description:

    Ever since Sarah learned she would have a child at the age of 90, laughter has been central to the Jewish experience. From Sid Cesar to Seinfeld, Mel Brooks to The Amazing Mrs. Maisel, Jews have found humor in a variety of places. Sometimes we make the jokes, and sometimes they are turned back on us. Spiels, cinema, folk tales, sitcoms and cartoons offer plenty of material for this class on comedy and culture.

 

  • Instructor: Alan Hazzard

    Alan Hazzard has been teaching at ST-KA for 13 years and recently joined the Board of Trustees. Professionally he works at Westfield Insurance (with Board President Matt Lehman) managing the company's real estate and facilities.

 

6th - 12th Grade

A Bisl (Little) Yiddish: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn’t Understand

  • Class Description:

    In this class, we will talk about the origin and meaning of common phrases and learn everyday Yiddish vocabulary, including words you’ve heard but never understood. We will also talk a little about the history of the language. We will not focus on grammar, so I promise you won’t have to conjugate verbs!!!

 

 

  • Instructor: Shellie Nyer

    Shellie Nyer is a speech-language pathologist and a lover of languages. She is also a self-proclaimed “yenta” who needed to know what her parents and grandparents were saying to each other, which is how she learned Yiddish!  She is part of a three-generation family at STKA and is happy to be joining the faculty!

11th Grade - Adult

B’tzelem Elohim: In God’s Image

  • Class Description:

    What does it mean to be created b’tzelem Elohim? 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: 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.

 

K - 2nd Grade

B’tzelem Elohim: In God’s Image

  • Class Description:

    What does it mean to be created b’tzelem Elohim? 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: Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

    Deena Nyer Mendlowitz is a comedian, social media content writer, improviser, teacher and workshop facilitator, all 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!

 

7th - 9th Grade

The Amazing Race-Survivor: Judaism Edition

  • Class Description: NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN IT BEFORE

    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!

 

All Ages

The Whole Megillah

  • Class Description:

    It is never too early for Purim!  In this fun and creative class, the learners will illustrate a life-size megillah to be read at the Purim carnival.

     

 

  • Instructor: Abby Feldenkris

    Abby Feldenkris is one of five siblings who grew up at ST-KA 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

Turning Points in Jewish History II – From the Babylonian Exile to the Golden Age of Iberian Jewry: 

  • Class Description: NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE TAKEN PART I TO TAKE THIS CLASS

    This course deals with six turning points Jewish history. 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.  We will also discuss some of the themes of Jewish history. This course is based on Chapters 7-12 of Turning Points in Jewish History by Marc J. Rosenstein.  Jewish Publication Society, 2018.

     

 

  • 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

Raising a Mensch

  • Class Description:

    It is the hardest job and the greatest privilege, come learn what Judaism teaches us about being parents and raising kids in today’s world..

 

  • 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.

 

Adult

  • 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 3 Learning Session 2 - 11:05-12:00

Trimester 3 Learning Session 2 - 11:05-12:00

Trimester 3 Class Dates:
January 13, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 3, 10

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 

“Hear” My Prayer: Learning How to Recite Prayers in Sign Language

  • Class Description:

    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.

     

     

 

3rd - 5th Grade

Putting the Pieces Together

  • Class Description:

    The Jewish tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world) often likens our actions to fixing mystical broken vessels containing God's light. This class will discuss how our efforts, including mitzvot and acts of loving kindness, help to make the vessels and our world whole. Students will also learn about Jewish Cleveland and ST-KA's efforts to improve the local community. 

 

  • Instructor: Alan Hazzard

    Alan Hazzard has been teaching at ST-KA for 13 years and recently joined the Board of Trustees. Professionally he works at Westfield Insurance (with Board President Matt Lehman) managing the company's real estate and facilities.

 

6th - 9th Grade

The Long and Winding Road: Our Personal Journey with Judaism

  • Class Description:

    Using Jewish texts and Judaism in pop culture as prompts, we will create our life stories, or part of our life stories, through writing, visual art, or other creative methods.

 

  • Instructor: Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

    Deena Nyer Mendlowitz is a comedian, social media content writer, improviser, teacher and workshop facilitator, all 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!

 

9th Grade to Adult

Israel Welcomes You!

  • Class Description:

    Come learn about all the amazing places in Israel and all the wonderful experiences and attractions Israel has to offer as a country.  Then try your hand at creating a commercial to advertise the best of our Jewish Homeland!  Your commercial will be shown at our Summer Send-Off in May!

 

  • Instructors: Shahak Musai and Ori Akrish

    Shahak Musai is our ShinShin and is here on a gap year of service between high school and the army. Shahak’s name means “sky”, and she is from a small town in Israel called Kadima where she participated in the scouting program.  In high school she majored in biology and cinema, and she really likes to write, film, edit, and of course watch movies!

    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!

 

6th Grade to 12th Grade

Torah: Not Just a Bedtime Story, Part III

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

    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 ST-KA 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

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

  • Class Description: NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU HAVEN'T TAKEN IT BEFORE.

    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 our the world while staying in our own tent.

 

  • Instructor: Susan Merdler

    Susan Merdler raised her daughter at ST-KA 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.

     

 

All Ages

From Eve to The Notorious RBG: Women who Shape Judaism

  • Class Description:

    In this class we will learn about what woman's role was in creating the Bible and Judaism as we know it. We'll also learn what it means to be a powerful Jewish woman in 2018, by studying some of the greatest women out there, who just so happen to be Jewish!

 

  • 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.

 

11th Grade to Adult

Do Jews And Christians Believe in the Same God?

  • Class Description:

    In this class we will endeavor to answer such questions as can God become a man? What about the Virgin Birth? Is Jewish Monotheism the same as Christian Monotheism? Can Jews pray to an intermediary? Is Christianity acceptable for non-Jews?

 

  • Instructor: Todd Rosenberg

    Todd Rosenberg is a lawyer and the author of an upcoming book entitled The Jewish-Christian Debate.  He is a well-known teacher at Siegal Lifelong Learning, B'nai Jeshurun, Park Synagogue, and Temple Emanuel.  Raised at Suburban Temple, he is proud to teach here as well.

 

Adult

Torah Tots

  • Class Description:

    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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