Winter/Spring 2022 classes

 

Ritual Artist Workshop                                                                                1st-2nd Grade   

In this class, participants learn about Jewish ceremonial and home objects while creating their own unique ritual functional items. Using a range of artistic materials, participants sculpt a mezuzah, tzedakah box, mizrach, and more.  Each student will end the semester with their own unique set of miniature ritual objects and a deeper understanding of important Jewish customs and traditions.

Wednesdays

3:15 – 4:00pm

Gabriella Kula


An Artistic Exploration of Jewish Ethics: The Big 10                                   3rd-4th 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.

Thursdays

4:00 – 5:15pm

Gabriella Kula


Jewish Life Around the World                                                                         5th Grade

This semester, students will learn about Jewish communities and cultures around the world. From Ethiopia to Iraq to Spain, Jews have made their homes in almost every country and continent. How did these Jewish communities come to be? What distinguishes them one from another? What’s the difference between Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Mizrachi Jewish life? We will learn all about these Jewish communities through their history, art, music, and stories as we emphasize the Jewish value that “all Jewish are connected one to another.” 

Tuesdays

4:00 – 5:15pm

Talia Kaufman-Sand

Wednesdays

4:00 – 5:15pm

Gabriella Kula

Thursdays

4:00 – 5:15pm

Talia Kaufman-Sand


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

This semester the class will continue to debate ethical issues and we will add a unit on Tzedakah during which students both learn the role of Tzedakah in Jewish life and create a Tzedakah campaign during which they will decide collectively how and where to donate funds raised.

Instructor: Megan Sass and Ellen Alt

Tuesdays

4:15 – 5:30pm

Megan Sass

Wednesdays

4:30 – 5:45pm

Megan Sass

Saturdays

3:00 – 4:15pm

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

4:30 – 5:45pm

Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi

 

Saturday & Sunday Intensives  

Here are the Intensives that will be offered this winter/spring. They will each meet for four sessions in total, once a month.


In Reel Life: Documentaries with a Jewish Twist

Documentary films are powerful—through this medium, we can experience the lives of others and feel connected to the most important issues in our society and world. As Jews, we have a responsibility to learn, get involved, and make a difference. Join us for four 4 very special nights this semester, during which parents and students will view curated documentary films followed by discussions incorporating Jewish texts and values. This Intensive is for students and their parents together.  

Instructor: TBD

Saturday nights: January 8; February 5; March 12, April 9 

Grade: 6th-7th Grades

Time:  7:00 – 9:00pm 


3-D Celebrations for Winter/Spring Holidays

Instructor: Ellen Alt

Sundays: January 9, February 6, March 6, and April 3

Grade: 1-3

Time: 10:30am-12pm

A holiday celebration is full of special foods, actions, prayers, and traditions. The winter/spring months are packed with Jewish Holidays that are very festive! Learn more about the ritual objects that make each of these holiday’s special by exploring them through sculptural materials. We will be creating a wide variety of sculptures including a blessing for the home, masks for Purim, and wine cups for Passover. Prepare to get your hands dirty…and take home your very own sculptures to use at your family’s celebrations!


Jewish Painters: Their Lives and Paintings!

Students in this Intensives will learn about the lives of four Jewish painters including Marc Chagall, Camille Pissarro, Marc Chagall, Camille Pissarro, Audrey Flack and Amedeo Modigliani. We will learn about the painters’ lives and painting style and explore how their Judaism influenced their art.  Each session participants will take up the challenge of creating a painting using the painter’s unique approach.   

Instructor: Ellen Alt

Sundays: January 9, February 6, March 6, and April 3

Grade:  5-7

Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm


Architecture: DIY Jewish Building

Do you like to build things? DIY – Do it Yourself! Add your own flair to Judaism’s most significant architectural structures. In this course, we will talk about what makes a space Jewish, and if there are specific Jewish spaces such as the sukkah, synagogue, chuppah, and other important Jewish structures. Learn the importance of our shared spaces, in both biblical times and modern-day, while flexing your modeling, architecture, and design skills. All levels of builders are welcome! This Intensive will also include a field trip to a synagogue in Manhattan. Instructor: Amanda Gelb

Dates: February 12, March 13, April 10, May 8

Grades: Grade 4-6

Time:  1:00 – 2:30pm


JJP Book Club

Calling alll readers- Join our JJP Book Club! We will meet monthly allowing readers a month’s time to read a book that highlights Jewish themes, customs, and history with memorable characters. Participants will discuss these books through scene studies, book reviews, unique art programs and other activities that will enhance the reading adventure.  We will start with the historical novel called The Secrets of the House of Delgado by Gloria D. Miklowitz in January which will be followed by Benny’s Feldman’s All-Star Klezmer Band by Allison Marks in February.  The last two books will be shared at the start of the semester. 

Instructor: Pamela Kekst

Dates: January 23, March 13, April 10, May 8

Grades: 4-5

Time: 3:15 – 4:30pm


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.