Spring 2018

Critical Thinking Skills for the 21st Century Zionist

Dan Bernstein

Whether you are sparring over politics, debating about Israel, or simply recreationally arguing with friends, this course offers logical reasoning tools every Jewish teenager needs to successfully engage in - and win – an argument. Students will learn the art of persuasion and develop an ability to spot errors in others; arguments, and will emerge from this class with the razor-sharp skills to confidently defend their positions.

Israeli Dancing

Noa Bahir

​Want to have some fun?? In this Israeli Dance Class, we will learn modern and popular Israeli dances. This class incorporates modern Hebrew music and movement which will immerse you in Israeli culture, expose you to Israeli music, and get you moving! Whether you are an experienced dancer or just enthusiastic about the chance to learn, this class is for you.

Jew U

Stephanie Fisher

​Ah college. Freedom, independence, higher education, slip-n-slides in the hallway, with all the incredible wonders college has to offer you jewishness might not be one of them. At JewU you and other coeds will get a sneak peek into college life and discuses how to establish the Jewish identity you want. Where will you be the first few weekends of school when you family is celebrating Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and your roommates are out meeting new people? How are you going to keep your culture and heritage if you are the only Jew on the quad? Be prepared for the best years of your life, enroll in JewU today.

13 Reasons Why You Matter

Stephanie Fisher

In this course students will discuss struggles, values, peer pressure, identity, building confidence, learning from experience, goals, stress, how to accomplish, how to give back, friendships, relationships, and responsibilities. Stephanie will use her professional training as a Social Worker and Jewish Educator as she helps our students find strength and spirituality to cope with life's challenges. 

 

Let's Speak Hebrew

Dalia Ben-Eliezer & Shoham Huli

In this class students will continue studying contemporary Hebrew via the use of music, media and games.  Join Dalia and Shoham as they make Hebrew fun, accessible as they share the joy of speaking modern Israeli Hebrew.

Israel @ 70!

Dalia Ben-Eliezer & Shoham Huli

This course will discuss all the wonderful developments and discoveries Israel has made in the past seventy years in the areas of high tech, medicine, agriculture, fashion and design, music, sports, military, research, and much much more! Come learn about the all the fascinating things Israel has accomplished!!!

Jews in the News

Arnon Adler

A lively and provocative discussion-based analysis of current events and significant topics of concern to us as Jewish high school students living in an ever-evolving national and international political, cultural and social scene. While experience has demonstrated that it is next to impossible to predict exactly what events and situations will arise in the United States, Israel and the world in the next few months that will merit our attention and review, a few topics are likely as we approach the Fall 2017 semester. 

Top Chef Israeli Style

Rivi Bahir

Do you ever watch Chopped and think, “I could do that!”? Do you love to cook or want to learn how? Here’s your chance to create delicious recipes while simultaneously learning Hebrew. In this class, the students will explore, prepare, and eat Israeli foods representing different ethnic culinary customs. Each session is conducted in English and Hebrew, and includes vocabulary words and a history lesson related to each recipe.

Participants will learn about Ashkenazi and Sephardic community cultures and their different styles of cooking.

 

Junior/Senior Seminar

Arnie Adler

​A seminar reserved for Mifgash juniors and seniors who wish to explore, discuss and debate some of the most serious, complicated and controversial issues facing Jews both here in the United States and in Israel. This class will select one or two topics each week, including subjects suggested by the students (and parents!), and consider the background and history of the issue, its ramifications and how to approach resolution. Current discussion topics under consideration include: The Relationship between the Jewish and African American Communities; The Response to the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement; Israel and the United Nations; Do Jews Have a Future in Europe?; Israel and ISIS; The Connection between Israel and American Jews - Frayed or Enduring? Suggestions are appreciated; the willingness to participate and share perspectives is mandatory! 

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Fall 2017

From Cradle to Grave

Stephanie Fisher

How much do we really know about the history, laws and traditions of Pideon Haben, Brit Milah, Baby Naming, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, and Death, Burial and Mourning. In this class we will get the inside perspective and understanding of each milestone.

Medical Bioethics

Dr. Marla Eglowstein

Bioethics is the philosophical study of the ethical controversies brought about by advances in biology and medicine. Bioethicists are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, philosophy, and theology. This class will explore the Jewish perspective on bioethics, and how Judaism responds to controversies surrounding contemporary issues facing Jewish youth and families. Some topics for discussion will include end-of life choices, death and dying, genetic testing, stem cell research, and a multitude of other dilemmas. The course promises to be intellectually stimulating, challenging, and will allow a forum for interactive discussion and debate.

Sex in the Text

Stephanie Fisher

The Bible and our other sacred books are actually filled with stories of love, relationships, lust and even sex. Using these stories as a basis, this class will examine human relationships and what we can learn from our tradition to ensure that our relationships are healthy and functional. Based upon Rabbi Paul Yedwab’s book, Sex in the Texts.

Jewish Lens

Josh Cooper-Ginsburg

The Jewish Lens @ Beit Hatfutsot is a joint initiative of the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood at Beit Hatfutsot and the photographer Zion Ozeri. This program aims to deepen the connection of Jewish youth worldwide with the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people throughout the generations. 

The selected works reflect an artistic and educational process, during which participants were asked to present photographs that express their personal connection to the Jewish story. Each picture is an artistic expression of one or more of the pillars of Jewish people hood: historical memory, Jewish values, a multifaceted connection to Israel, the Hebrew language, Jewish creativity or a Jewish way of life.

Let's Speak Hebrew

Dalia Ben-Eliezer

In this class students will continue studying contemporary Hebrew via the use of music, media and games.  Join Dalia and Shoham as they make Hebrew fun, accessible as they share the joy of speaking modern Israeli Hebrew.

Israel @ 70!

Arnie Adler

In addition to all the wonderful accomplishments, Israel faces some difficult and challenging issues. This course will examine the conflicting issues such as The Women of the Wall, Religious verses secular Jews, the IDF, President Trump and any prospective negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, etc. 

Jews in the News

Arnon Adler

A lively and provocative discussion-based analysis of current events and significant topics of concern to us as Jewish high school students living in an ever-evolving national and international political, cultural and social scene. While experience has demonstrated that it is next to impossible to predict exactly what events and situations will arise in the United States, Israel and the world in the next few months that will merit our attention and review, a few topics are likely as we approach the Fall 2017 semester. 

Top Chef Israeli Style

Rivi Bahir

Do you ever watch Chopped and think, “I could do that!”? Do you love to cook or want to learn how? Here’s your chance to create delicious recipes while simultaneously learning Hebrew. In this class, the students will explore, prepare, and eat Israeli foods representing different ethnic culinary customs. Each session is conducted in English and Hebrew, and includes vocabulary words and a history lesson related to each recipe.

Participants will learn about Ashkenazi and Sephardic community cultures and their different styles of cooking.

 

The Class of Many Colors

Amy Rosenstrauch

With Israel’s 70th birthday looming large on the horizon, we will use this auspicious milestone for inspiration.    Through painting we will explore many other avenues of our Jewish heritage as well.   Using a square 20” x 20” canvas the student’s will fill the canvas edge to edge with a Mogan David.  Using geometry, their star will be further divided to create pleasing and balanced spaces.  It is within these spaces that we will work using words, lettering, and images related to Israel and our heritage to create a colorful and unique painting the creator is sure to be proud of.

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