"Core made me feel more Jewish."
- Current Midrasha Teen
8th Grade: Ethics
with Jenn Levine and Hannah Lesser
How do you decide what is the right thing? Does it matter if you lie, cheat or steal? Is there a better way to treat your dog, your parent, your friend or a stranger? Come see old friends, meet new friends and explore personal and Jewish ethical issues in your peer community!
9th Grade: Identity
with Bruce Udelf and Ariel Vegosen
Who am I? What do I believe? How do I fit into my family, my community and my culture? What are my responsibilities to others in the world? Come hang with friends, de-stress from high school and explore issues of personal and Jewish identity!
10th Grade: God, Prayer and Spirituality
with Rabbi Mates-Muchin and Rabbi Regev
Our 10th grade program is generously taught by some of our sponsoring rabbis where you will tackle some of life's big questions.
Congregationally affiliated students may choose to participate in a class confirmation service in the spring.
11-12th Grade: The Jewish American Experience
with Mark Deutsch and Beth M-B
Are you Jewish AND American or are you an American Jew? What is unique about being an American Jew? In this class we will explore Judaism as an ethnicity and major themes of Jewish American History including assimilation, involvement in social justice movements, relationship to the media, and experiences of antisemitism.
Spring 2017 Electives
with Beth M-B
What has our time in this program meant? What will happen after we graduate? What from Midrasha will I take into the rest of my life? In this class, we will debrief our Midrasha experience, plan our graduation and figure out where we go from here.
with Jenn Levine
Are Judaism and sexuality in conflict with each other? Does Judaism teach us anything about sex or about gender? Can Judaism help us as we think about our own choices and values about sex, sexuality, and gender? In this class we’ll create a safe space to talk about sexual ethics and choices in a meaningful and personal way.
Artist In Residence: Book-Making
with Ilona Sturm
Local artist Ilona Sturm will lead a book-making class. Do you want to make your own journal and use it to examine your values, interests, ancestry and culture? Join Ilona for an artful experience!
Beyond Binaries: Jewish Gender Blenders, Outlaws and Awesome Shape Shifters
with Ariel Vegosen
Together we will uncover hidden stories in ancient Jewish text that show that our religion has always had more than two genders. In this class we will learn the six genders found in Talmud, study the Divine Feminine, and modern Jewish gender blenders and gender outlaws. Plus we will dive into our own personal Jewish gender journey. It will be engaging, fun, and edgy!
Headed West: Documenting the Jewish Immigrant Experience through Film
with Hannah Lesser
"In America, the streets are paved with gold" was a common belief held by many of our ancestors. We aim to understand the dreams and heartaches of American Jewish immigrants in the 20th century. We will watch and discuss black and white films, newsreel, documentary, cartoons, fiction, and possibly even musical theater in order to examine this from every cinematic angle. The class will discuss the films talk about their varied effectiveness in documentation, connecting with us as the viewer emotionally, etc. Join us to watch films and deconstruct the Jewish American Immigrant experience!
Let's Nosh: Cooking
with Bruce Udelf
Come and explore the wonderful world of Jewish Cookery. You will have the opportunity to learn about foods that are eaten on various holidays and special occasions. We'll explore the ideas and concepts relating to what might be behind the choice(s) of what we eat. The class will also examine the American Deli genre and the very hip Israeli restaurant scene. And the BIG PLUS---you will prepare and EAT various yummy dishes each week.
with Debra Marx
Some say that between the ideal of who you should be and the reality of who you are lies guilt. Others say that we will never be free of "Jewish guilt"—as it is hardwired into our Jewish soul, programmed into our spiritual DNA. Do you feel guilty for the decisions you make? Or feel guilty for not feeling guilty? Come and learn about Jewish guilt and pressures we face from our families, friends and communities using personal stories and texts