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Kulanu will meet online through Fall 2020. For more information click here.

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Asynchronous

Artist Beit Midrash
Dori Singer Zoot – Moderator with professional artists as student mentors
The Artist Beit Midrash presents a unique opportunity to spark Jewish creativity and examine the intersection between Jewish identity and the creative process. Join Dori Singer Zoot for an art and text based course where YOU craft your own semester-long experience, culminating in a capstone project of your choosing. Teens will explore the text of Breishit (Creation) and create a response in their preferred art medium (photography, painting, songwriting, film, etc.). This class emphasizes artistic expression, self-reflection and collaboration, guiding students as they advance their skills, learn new techniques, expand their repertoire and pursue excellence in their artistic disciplines

Students taking this course will meet virtually on 3 Sundays (October 4, November 8, December 6 at 5:50PM).  During the weeks in between, students will work with Dori to develop their capstone project proposals and then be matched with professional artists in the medium of their choice. This class will require time outside of Sundays and a significant amount of individual work, creativity, and long-term time management. Therefore, the class will be counted as 2 Kulanu classes. Teens are required to take 4 classes during the 2020-2021 school year.  

Sunday Afternoon

12:15-1:00 Bridging Judaism: Story Exchange
Join Jewish Teens from Cincinnati and Israel as we share stories, connect with one another, and learn firsthand about daily life in Israel. With the help of High School facilitators and Bespoken Live, students will participate in eight story exchanges to explore Jewish identity for young people in Israel and the United States. This course is open to students enrolled at Kulanu, Mercaz and Beth Adam, as well as students who attend Lady Davis High School in Tel Aviv. Bespoken Live is a local organization that utilizes storytelling to create relationships. You can learn more about them here. https://bespokenlive.org/

Please note – the first session is a 60-minute Story Workshop and will begin at noon. The remaining sessions will begin at 12:15.

1:00-1:45 Israeli Diversity
Get ready to take a deep-dive into Israel’s social, ethnic, political and cultural diversity with staff from JNF’S Alexander Muss High School in Israel! Your teacher will join you from Israel as you explore Israel’s diversity. Far too many people think of Israel in a monolithic sense: a white European warzone dominated by the Arab-Israeli conflict. The problem with this belief is that it is simply not true! Explore and meet many of the different types of people, ideas and cultures that the modern state of Israel has within its borders. This course is open to students enrolled at Kulanu, Mercaz and Beth Adam. Any student who completes the course and attends the information session will receive up to $750 off select AMHSI sessions. Please email lreis@jnf.org for more information.

First Bell

People of the Book
Jason Schapera – Instructor
We aren't called "People of the Book" for nothing! Jewish history's primary material sources are our scribal works, and their traits are intrinsically tied to how Jews experienced the world in different eras and locations. In this class we will be utilizing the Hebrew Union College's online manuscript database and to learn Jewish history and culture through the text, art, and physical artifacts which our people have crafted throughout the centuries. Students will have opportunities to try their hand at making their own manuscript creations as we learn the means and method of producing these works.

The Shabbat Table
Tzvia Rubens – Instructor
Cook your way through the Shabbat Dinner Table! Each week, in the comfort of your home kitchen, the class will create one new dish and learn about the unique aspects that go into that particular region’s cookery. At the end of the course, student will cook and host a Shabbat Dinner for their families. Basic ingredients will need to be provided by the families while more unique ingredients will be provided, students are expected to have ingredients prepped and ready to go each week, as well as access to their home’s kitchen. Instructions will be sent in advance.

How easy it is to forget “B’Tzelem Elohim”: An exploration of disability in the Jewish world  
Emily Dana -Instructor
In Genesis, we are told that we were all created in the image of God, but what does that actually mean? And what does disability have to do with Judaism? During this elective course, teens will read and discuss stories related to disability from many corners of Jewish tradition--including but not limited to Moses’ stutter, the Priestly Code, and Rabbi Yehoshua’s illness in the Talmud.  Throughout the course, guest speakers from the field will join to further our study and insight.

Second Bell

Modern Hebrew Crash Course:
Jason Schapera – Instructor
Hebrew is more than just the language of the Torah and prayer - it is a living, spoken language through which we can closely connect to 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 literature.

The Shabbat Table
Tzvia Rubens – Instructor
Cook your way through the Shabbat Dinner Table! Each week, in the comfort of your home kitchen, the class will create one new dish and learn about the unique aspects that go into that particular region’s cookery. At the end of the course, student will cook and host a Shabbat Dinner for their families. Basic ingredients will need to be provided by the families while more unique ingredients will be provided, students are expected to have ingredients prepped and ready to go each week, as well as access to their home’s kitchen. Instructions will be sent in advance.

Refuah Shleima: A Jewish Guide to Self Care
Emily Dana -Instructor
In this elective, we will explore different methods of self-care including meditation, coloring, and movement all through a Jewish lens. We will look at Judaism's instruction to take care of all of ourselves, not just our physical bodies.

Judaism & Racism
Rabbi Michael Danziger – Instructor  
As our communities and nation continue to reckon with racism, we will explore its roots and its effects, Jewish perspectives and history, and our own roles, responsibilities, and feelings.  Through class discussions, readings, videos, and interactions with guest speakers, we’ll grapple with difficult language and conversations, impediments to progress, success stories, and our calling as people who champion the idea that every human is created b’tzelem Elohim – in the image of God.

College Credit Course – Year long commitment – 7:30-8:30PM on Sunday evenings plus at least one hour of work during the week.

Models of Jewish Leadership
with Rhonda Whittlin – 3 College Credits through Gratz College
Though the academic study of leadership and Jewish leaders, students will explore leadership through a Jewish lens. Utilizing case studies, students will examine the role of Judaism in an individual’s leadership style, the challenges unique to leading in the Jewish community, and the ethics of leadership. They will identify leaders who inspire them, and will consider and reflect upon their own strengths as leaders, identifying areas for personal growth. Students in 10-12 grade are eligible to participate in this course. Class starts on September 13 and goes for the entire school year. For more information email Emily at eateck@gratz.edu. Class costs $900 – Kulanu will reimburse families who complete the course at the end of the school year. You will not be asked to also pay Kulanu Tuition. Please register on the Gratz webpage and send Nina a copy of your registration.

 

To register for this class or other Fall 2020 options click here

 
 

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"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