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  • Registration is now open! Registration is now open for spring classes at Valley Temple. Make sure to check out our field trips page for special programs this Spring.

Welcome to Second Semester! Spring classes are at Valley Temple from 5:30-7:10pm. There is a free, optional dinner from 5-5:30 each week. Students must RSVP for dinner.

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We will not meet on April 21

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10th Grade Classes

Kulanu Band
Rabbi Kopnick and Rabbi Danziger
Join Kulanu's Band and explore how music impacts and changes spiritual and communal moments and experiences. Students will engage with the music through discussion, playing music and writing their own! This class is for students who have played an instrument for at least one year or who have been in a choir for at least one year. This class will perform several times throughout the semester and will require at least two early rehearsals before Kulanu. This class is open to all Kulanu students.

Jewish Spirituality and Art
Rabbi Terlinchamp
This class explores the many ways visual art plays a role in the way Jews pray, express ourselves and process our history. Through text study, art history and our own art practices we will seek to delve into what it means to bring our art into Judaism and our Judaism into our art. This class is open to all Kulanu students.

Mussar Yoga
Dianne Ben Mayor
Use Yoga and Mussar (a Jewish path of character development) to explore the physical dimension of ethical behaviors such as humility, generosity, enthusiasm and gratitude. Each week a new character development trait will be explored through yoga poses and the practice of breath work. Come sit, chat, move, stretch, and breath to cultivate deeper Jewish self-discovery. This class is open to all grades. Students who took this class in the Fall are not eligible for the course this Spring.

Netflix through Jewsish Goggles
Austin Zoot
Does God exist on Netflix? How about the Jewish people? Come explore the ways that Jewish themes and ideas manifest in popular television shows. We will discuss the ways to put on our Jewish goggles and look at the world. Can our Jewish tradition and Netflix
teach us about how to live meaningful, thoughtful, and committed lives as Jews, all while remaining deeply rooted in the contemporary world? Class discussion will center around previously watching a TV show episode. Approximately 45 minutes of prior viewing, and access to Netflix, will be required in order to fully participate in the course. This class is for 9th and 10th graders and requires regular outside work of watching TV episodes. A class syllabus with TV episodes will be shared in advance.

Love, Sex and Healthy Relationships in Jewish Tradition
Rabbi Coran
Judaism actually says something about sexuality, choices and relationships. Sexuality is addressed seriously and candidly in Jewish texts and tradition. Ranging from the Song of Songs, the most sexually explicit writing in the Torah, to very specific discussions of the laws of family. What does Reform Judaism tell us about these modern issues? Can we find answers in our sacred texts? How does being Jewish help us to maintain our independence and stay safe? This class is for 9th and 10th graders.

Anti-Semitism in American Pop Culture
Anna Meyers
Jews have played a large and influential role in American pop culture. From shows like Seinfeld, Friends, and New Girl to actors like Mayim Bialik, Adam Sandler, Jews have left their mark on pop culture. However, along with great success there has been a growth of anti-semitism that has influenced the Jewish experience in America in pop culture. This class will explore the role of anti-semitism and how it affects and portrays the American Jewish experience. This class is for 9th and 10th graders.

Jews, Superheroes, Comics, and Cartoons
Darryl Dick
The class will explore the impact that Jewish writers and artists had in creating our nation's most beloved comic book superheroes. Through 500 PowerPoint slides, animations and comics, the class will explore how Jewish history, culture, values, and morals shaped the comic book industry. This class is for 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have not previously taken the course. Priority will be given to 11th and 12th graders.

Kulanu Leadership
Dori Singer Zoot
This course will help provide the teens with a toolkit of leadership skills, and a clear plan that
charts goals for their leadership trajectory. Using Kulanu as their experimentation lab, teens will have opportunities to learn about and practice programs, budget, and community engagement (IE plan Kulanu dinners). Each lesson will help each teen develop a deeper understanding of their own strengths through a lens of deep Jewish values. This class is for 10th and 11th graders.

I'm Going to Israel, Now What?
Chaverim M'Israel – Adi Itscovich and Asaf Munk
Meet each week with the Chaverim (Friends) M'Israel -- your peers from Israel. You will discuss all the realities of Israel. What's happening now in Israel. Understand the politics. Understand the music. Discuss the top foods, fashion, art, culture, top news stories each week, and learn from Israelis who are (almost) your age. This is the class where you can find out everything you ever needed to prepare for visiting Israel. And make great friends... from Israel. This class is for 10th and 11th graders who are planning on traveling to Israel soon.


Monthly Quote

"Jewish spirituality is an approach to life in which we strive to become aware of God's presence and purpose in everything."

-Rabbi Micah Greenstein