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Kulanu meets at Valley Temple second semester.
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RSVPs will be available on our website about a month in advance. They are sent via email each week and available online. Check back to this section for dinner RSVPs during the school year.

Feb 2 Lunch - Sandwich RSVP

Feb 9 - Skyline RSVP

Feb 23 - Pasta bar RSVP

March 1 - Pizza

March 8 - Chinese Food

March 15 - Skyline

April 5 - Pizza

April 19 Sandwich Bar

April 26 Chipotle

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11th Grade Classes

First Bell

Modern Hebrew Crash Course
Jason Schapera

Hebrew is more than just the language of the Torah and prayer - it is a living, spoken language through which we are able to connect with Israel, Jews worldwide, and ourselves. In this course, we will learn the essentials of Modern Hebrew in spoken and written formats. Students will build proficiency in Hebrew through conversation, music, film, and television. This class is for 9-11 grade.

Israeli Culture
Chaverim and Dori Zoot
Meet each week with the Chaverim M'Israel (Friends from Israel) and Dori Singer Zoot as you experience Israeli culture. Discover what is happening now in Israel. Understand the politics. Understand the music. Discuss foods, fashion, art, top news stories each week! Explore the cross-connective role that American pop culture has within Israel, and that Israeli pop culture has within America. This class is for 10 & 11th grade.

Jewish Magic and Mysticism
Rabbi Coran
Did you know that all modern Western magical practices, including astrology, tarot, numerology, dream divination, and angelology have their roots in the Torah, Talmud and the Jewish mystical/magical tradition known as Kabbalah? In this class, you will learn about the ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history and the practice of magical techniques. What is allowed and  prohibited in Judaism? In the process of becoming familiar with Kabbalistic teachings, you will encounter a spiritual dimension of Judaism which you will find quite surprising. As a part of this journey, you will also attain some new insights into yourself. This class is for 9-11 grade.

Modern Jewish Music
Matt Derrenbacher
“Modern Jewish Music” will explore the history of Jewish music leading up to the modern day. Since this is a listening and discussion based course, musical experience or knowledge are not necessary — rather, simply come to class willing to experience the music and join in on the discussion! We will discover the development of “Jewish music,” learn how Jewish themes, melodies, and religious and cultural ideas have made their way from the synagogue into the larger global communal sphere, and even explore how they became integrated into the musical genres of rap and metal. If you’re a fan of music and Judaism, this class is for you! This class is for 9-11 grade.

Empowering Voices: Arts for Social Justice
Jennifer Clark
“Justice, Justice you Shall Pursue”!  How do you pursue justice?  What matters to you?  How do you express the things that matter to you in your everyday life?  What does your connection to Judaism look like, sound like, move like, and feel like to you? Through the lens of art, musicians, writers, artists, dancers have taken a creative approach to justice in different ways. Gain inspiration from famous Jewish visual artists, musicians and poets who used their art-form to express their own Jewish stories and perspectives. Let’s get creative and see just how you can get your own message across by incorporating the arts into our lives. This class is for 10th & 11th grade

Second Bell

Dungeons and Dragons – The Jewish History Edition
Matt Derrenbacher
Explore pivotal points in Jewish history by immersing yourself in Dungeons & Dragons-style gameplay. As you make your way through these time periods, you will meet important historical figures, traverse the historical landscape, and make your own decisions. Will you make the same decisions as those who came before us or will you forge your own path through history? No previous experience with Dungeons & Dragons is required. This class is open to all students who did not take the course in the fall.

Community Organizing
Anna Meyers 
As Reform Jews, we are accustomed to participating in one-time social action events, often in response to a catastrophe or injustice we observe or experience in the world around us. Instead of planning a one-time event, what would it look like to organize a semester-long initiative? In this class, we'll explore the long-term process of how community organizing is utilized by the Religious Action Center of the URJ and will then select and dive into an issue that largely impacts teens for the duration of the semester. We will consider how we can make a meaningful impact on our larger community and organize around a critical issue which affects our teens. This class is for 11 & 12 grade.

Jewish Meditation
Dianne Benmayor
Meditation consists of thinking in a disciplined and controlled manner. It involves deciding on how an individual wishes to direct the mind for a certain period of time and then seeing that vision through. This “Jewish Meditation” course will explore easy-to-do, basic Jewish meditation practices that can be utilized to learn how to calm the mind, release stress, find peace and spirituality from a Jewish foundation. This class is for 11 & 12 grade.

Mondays at 7-8:15pm at the JCC Lobby
Rabbi Thomashow
This semester’s social justice mid-week elective will begin with the topic of racial justice—in particular, how does our Jewish tradition’s approach to race and justice prepare us to enter the public conversation about it? Once the class begins, students will be empowered to take this elective in the direction of their choosing! This class is for 11th and 12th graders who cannot attend Sunday evenings at Kulanu. Participation in this course is a replacement for Sunday evenings.


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