Fall 2021 classes

We will be offering peer-aged classes midweek for all Jewish Journey students but in-person and virtually through JJConnect. Space is limited in the in-person classes, so don’t wait to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space in one of these sections for your child if you plan for them to attend in person. If there is more demand for in-person spots, we will try our best to open additional sections, but we cannot promise due to overall space limitations at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. 

Kings, Judges & Other Biblical Leaders through Collage                                       1st -2nd Grade

In this class we will learn about the leaders, kings, judges, and other biblical leaders who ruled and guided the Jewish people during their early years int he land of Israel. These stories will include the battle of Jerico led by Joshua, David’s victory over Goliath, Deborah’s leadership as a judge, and more. Based on the stories we learn and our class discussions we will create collages filled with palaces, battles, trials and important values that still apply to our lives today. 

Wednesdays (in-person) 3:00-3:45pm Gabriella Kula

The Hero In You!: Bringing Jewish Heros and Leaders to Life                              3rd-4th grade

What does it mean to be a hero? In this class, we will learn about biblical heroes and  how they can be compared to some famous comic book heroes and also look at Jewish individuals who have done some amazing heroic acts in the past 100 years. We will study “hero values” through visual art projects, improv games, and role-playing scenarios and explore how we can bring these “hero values” into our lives today. The class will culminate in student presentations about real-life Jewish heroes who exemplify the values we have studied.

Thursdays (in-person) 4-5:15pm pm Megan Sass

An Artistic Exploration of Jewish Ethics: The Big 10                                                 5th Grade

In this class, we will learn about the 10 Commandments and how they can relate to our lives today. Why have these commandments captured our imagination over the centuries?
Through both art and creative writing, each learner will create artistic,, creative books that include these teachings and their reflections. At the end of the semester, we will have a gallery walk where our student artists will explain their pieces to their parents.

Tuesdays (Full) 4-5:15pm Talia Kaufman-Sand
Thursdays (Full) 4-5:15 pm Gabriella Kula

What Would You Do?: JJP Debate Club                                                                       B’nai Mitzvah – Year 1 [6th grade/7th]

There is an old saying that if you have two Jews, you have at least three opinions. In Judaism, disagreement isn’t bad, it’s an opportunity. Learning to debate and argue your opinion effectively is also an incredibly important skill in everyday life. In this course, we will study some of the most interesting disagreements in Judaism. What should we do when faced with ethical dilemmas happening right before our eyes? Should we intervene, mind our own business, call for help, or keep on walking? How do we know when to trust our instincts? Each week new ethical cases will be presented to students for weekly rousing debates. Join us for weekly rousing debates on what our guts say about some of these tricky situations, and how we can learn to respond Jewishly. We will also consider the ways our reactions compare to the teachings of our sages and great rabbis through the centuries. We will also consider the ways our reactions compare to the teachings of our sages and great rabbis through the centuries.

Tuesdays – (Full) 4:15 – 5:30 pm Megan Sass
Wednesdays (FULL) 4:30 – 5:45 pm Megan Sass
Saturdays (in-person) 3:00 – 4:15 pm Ellen Alt

B’nai Mitzvah Core Class                                                                                               B’nai Mitzvah Year 2 [7th/8th grade]
This year-long class will focus on preparing our learners for their B-Mitzvah ceremonies. It will include short units on the Holocaust and the Founding of the State of Israel along with a unit of Becoming a Jewish Advocate. Students will also meet with a tutor weekly one-on-one at a time of their choosing to learn to chant Torah and write a D’var Torah based on their Torah portion. Other aspects of becoming a B-Mitzvah will be included throughout the year. 

Mondays (in-person) 4:30-5:45pm Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi

Sunday Intensives  

Here are the Sunday Intensives that will be offered this fall.   They will each meet for three sessions in total, once a month.

Acting Ancestors: A Walking Tours of Jewish New York  

Dates: October 17, November 14, December 12 from 10-12pm

Grades:  3rd – 7th grade …this is a family experience and at least one parent must accompany their child/ren 

New York City has been the epicenter of American Jewish History since the days of New Amsterdam. In this Intensive, we are going to get out of the classroom and follow the footsteps of our Jewish predecessors through four walking tours focusing on different aspects of history. This class is led by CharacTours, an interactive theatrical walking tour company, where actors play different Jewish historical characters at historically relevant locations.

We will explore:

Ellis Island, also known as the “Jewish Plymouth Rock”

The Lower East Side is important to both German and Eastern European Jews 

Harlem, a bustling neighborhood that was home to the third largest concentration of Jews on earth during WWI and now home to JJC Harlem.

Detailed instructions on where to meet each month will be sent prior to each outing.

Wilderness Jews: Torah and Environmentalism on the Trail

Dates:September 26, October 24, November 21 (4th-7th grade) from 9-1 pm

Grades: Grade 4-7

Connect with Judaism’s ecological and seasonal cycles as we head out for local hikes. Each session will include time for prayerful reflection in nature, team challenges, and teachings about Jewish environmentalism including the Shimitah which takes place this year!   Get your hiking boots ready!

Transportation information will be provided before the start of the semester.

3-D Celebrations for Fall Holidays

Dates: October 3, November 7, December 12 from 10-11:30am

Grade: 1-3

Holiday celebrations are full of special foods, actions, prayers, and traditions.   In this class, we concentrate on sculpting ritual objects for fall holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, and Shabbat.   We will design and create models, sculptures, and objects to use at home during these holidays to enhance your celebrations.   We will be using clay, wire, fabric, and other materials to learn about sculpture while also learning about our rich holiday tradition.  

Online Intensives

Dungeons & Dragons: The Adventures of Deborah, Samson and Judah Maccabee

Dates: October 3, November 7, December 9 from 4-6pm

Grade: 4-6

Dungeons & Dreidels is JJP’s take on  Dungeon & October 3, November 7, December 5 Virtual rag0ns,  a fun role-playing game that has captured the imagination of children and adults.  Here, students become storytellers by taking on the identity of one of our biblical heroes (in Hebrew – gibborim) leapfrogging through time to relive moments in Jewish history.  Join Jeremy, the master storyteller  to spin the tales of some of our own history’s mightiest heroes. This semester we will focus on the stories of Deborah, Samson, and Judah Maccabee. The values of P’kuah Nefesh (preservation of life), Kavod (respect), and Ometz (courage) permeate these stories and opens the discussion to what it means to be a Jewish leader. This collaborative roleplaying game, based on the popular roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition Basic Ruleset), is facilitated through a virtual tabletop (VTT) to provide connection, online dice-rolling, and other visual aids for the classroom setting to promote a uniquely fun and engaging experience while learning. 

Jewish History through Minecraft

Dates: October 3, November 7, December 9 from 9:30 – 10:30 am

Grade: 3-5

Jewish History through Minecraft Intensive delves into important events and people throughout Jewish history, using Minecraft. The course will be a highly interactive and creative venture that allows students to connect to Jewish history by building and exploring famous buildings from the Plzen synagogue in the Czech Republic to Israel where farmers have transformed agriculture with limited water in modern Israel. Please make sure your child has the Java edition of Minecraft downloaded prior to this start of this class.  This Intensive will only be open to students who have not yet participated in this class. 

Hebrew Homepage and JJConnect

Each Jewish Journey child receives 60 minutes online weekly to learn Hebrew and/or take on one of our JJConnect units. Students can choose to use 60 minutes for 30 minutes of Hebrew and 30 minutes of a JJConnect unit, or they can use it for 60 minutes of Hebrew. For more information, please click here.

Please do not hesitate to contact Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi, Director, Jewish Journeys for more information. You can email her at lforman@mmjccm.org to set up a phone call or Zoom meeting. 

Please also read this FAQ for more information on common questions.