Makor Course List

Course List

Trimester 1 Classes run from Sept. 30 to Dec. 16, 2012

PERIOD 1: 9:30 to 11 a.m. TAG Time (Core Class)
From our tradition we understand that our lives are supported by three pillars: Torah – Interacting with Jewish Textual Tradition; Avodah – Connecting with God and Community; and G’milut Hasadim – Acting Compassionately.

These three pillars – TAG @ MAKOR – serve as the framework for our learning. Each trimester, talmidim will focus in one of these areas. In Trimester 1 our focus is on Torah.

Talmud Torah
Taught by all Makor educators

Six sections (three 6th grade / three 7th grade)

Jewish textual tradition presents us with compelling stories and ideas. Over the course of the trimester, talmidim will encounter two stories — the story of Rivka and the story of Korach — engaging with depth and nuance both the biblical story and the analysis and interpretation of the story over time. The core focus of this course is to develop skills for studying and analyzing Jewish text and an understanding of why these skills are useful / important, and how / whether these stories influence our personal and communal identities today.

הפסקה/ Hafsaka / Break: 11 to 11:15 a.m.
Break is an opportunity for our talmidim (learners) to unwind and relax with their friends. Our talmidim are empowered to spend their break in any respectful and responsible manner they choose. Our educators will be present to continue building relationships with our learners, and will help facilitate social interaction when necessary. When we talk about Makor as a learning community, break becomes an important time in building the friendships that serve as the foundation of our community.


PERIOD 2: 11:15 a.m. to noon

Track One: Hebrew Track

Modern Israeli Conversational Hebrew
Taught by Meital Diamant, Yonit Cohen and Yigal Pe'eri

If you want to learn how to speak Hebrew — this is the place for you! Our curriculum is based on the proficiency approach to teaching Hebrew — a nationally-recognized, cutting-edge approach to teaching foreign language that focuses on how our learners function with the language and not what they know about the language.

We have developed various thematic units to maximize the learning in the class and achieve Hebrew language proficiency, working closely with Hebrew at the Center (HATC), a national training institution for the advancement of Hebrew studies. All Prozdor and Makor Hebrew teachers will be trained in this approach and be involved in a series of professional development workshops.

If you want to learn more about HATC and the proficiency approach, please go to www.hebrewatthecenter.org.

If you have selected Track One, you will automatically be placed into the appropriate Hebrew level as determined by our Hebrew Language Coordinator. Please be in touch with Mira Angrist, Hebrew language coordinator, with any questions (617-559-8814).

Track Two (Elective Track): Hebrew Elective
These elective offerings will empower talmidim to study a topic of interest in a setting built to develop Hebrew reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

תפילה רדיקלית/ T’fila Radikalit / Radical Prayer
Taught by Laura Shoshana Bellows

Take t’fila (prayer) beyond the siddur with this course on Jewish meditation and yoga through the lens of traditional and contemporary prayer.  Talmidim will use movement, meditation, nature and art to explore the meaning behind some of our tradition’s oldest and most central t’filot.  In each class we will dive into the spirit (and Hebrew!) of a new piece of t’fila and take time to build our own powerful, peaceful practices.  Over the course of the trimester we will work together to create a class siddur based on our learning and action.  Come to class ready to relax, move, and be comfortably outdoors.  Bring your own pillow!

תורה בקריקטורה / Torah B’Karikatura / Cartoon Torah
Taught by Hillel Greene

Have you ever gotten in trouble for doodling in class?  Then this course is for you!  Each week we will explore the current Torah reading through the interactive cartoon webseries G-dcast.  Discover the hidden gems of each week’s Torah reading, and then draw your own comic based on its stories or themes.  By the end of the semester, our class will publish your best work in our very own Parshat HaShavua Comic Book.  No doodling experience required.

בא נשחק / Bo N’sahek / Come On, Let’s Play!
Taught by Avi Strausberg

Fact: everyone loves games.  In this class, you’ll get to play a different game each week and learn some Hebrew as you do it.  Did you know the Hebrew for Hangman is איש תלוי (Ish Talui)?  Have you ever tried to play Bananagrams בעברית (B’Ivrit – In Hebrew)?  We’ll have fun with all of those games and more.


בישול ללא בישול / Bishul L’lo Bishul / Cooking Without Cooking
Taught by Chana Kupetz

At the center of any Jewish library is, of course, a cookbook! Jews have lived all over the world – our cuisine is both diverse and delicious. In this course we will try out different recipes each week, ranging from salads to beautiful desserts. We will learn and practice new Hebrew vocabulary as we get our hands dirty with our ingredients. No previous cooking experience necessary.


ריקוד בעברית/ Rikud B’Ivrit / Dance in Hebrew
Taught by Jennie Berger and Becky Price

If you love dancing, Hebrew, Israeli music, or just want to try something new, this class is for you! This class is open to anyone who wants to learn the basics of Israeli dance while strengthening their Hebrew language skills. No dance experience necessary! We provide an introduction to the many styles of Israeli dancing, from traditional to modern, from hip-hop to salsa. You are learning Hebrew by moving in Hebrew! It’s always a lot of fun, so come dance in Hebrew with us. Boys and girls welcome!


מאלף עד תיו/ M’Alef Ad Tav / From Aleph to Tav
Taught by Scott Roland

Why does the Hebrew alphabet look like that? Do the shapes of the letters even matter? What happens when these letters combine together into words? We spend hours and hours learning to read and write Hebrew letters. Take a step back and learn where these letters come from, and what our tradition teaches us about what happens when you put them together. We will examine these letters and learn how they were viewed and interpreted by ancient sages, medieval mystics and the Hasidic masters. We will look at these stories and teachings together and even create our own artistic video representations of our sacred alphabet.


PERIOD 3: 12:05 to 12:45 p.m.

Track One: Hebrew Track

Modern Israeli Conversational Hebrew
Taught by Meital Diamant, Yonit Cohen and Yigal Pe'eri

If you want to learn how to speak Hebrew – this is the place for you! Our curriculum is based on the proficiency approach to teaching Hebrew – a nationally-recognized, cutting-edge approach to teaching foreign language that focuses on how our learners function with the language and not what they know about the language.

We have developed various thematic units to maximize the learning in the class and achieve Hebrew language proficiency, working closely with Hebrew at the Center (HATC), a national training institution for the advancement of Hebrew studies. All Prozdor and Makor Hebrew teachers will be trained in this approach and be involved in a series of professional development workshops.

If you want to learn more about HATC and the proficiency approach, please go to www.hebrewatthecenter.org.

If you have selected Track One, you will automatically be placed into the appropriate Hebrew class based on your current Hebrew level as determined by our Hebrew Language Coordinator. Please be in touch with Mira Angrist, Hebrew language coordinator, with any questions (617-559-8814).

Track Two (Elective Track): General Elective

From Page to Stage
Taught by Becky Price

This course will focus on adaptation of modern Israeli short stories into a theatrical performance. Talmidim will act as both writers and actors as we bring the stories from page to stage.  Infused with drama games, we will analyze the stories, work together to adapt and rewrite them in script form, then use the remainder of the time to rehearse and prepare for a final performance.  This course will take place over all three trimesters. No previous playwriting or performing experience necessary! A great class for talmidim interested in drama or creative writing, or for anyone looking for a new way to enjoy and appreciate a good read and a fresh take on modern Israeli society.


Mitzvahtube
Taught by Hillel Greene

A mitzvah is a commandment. YouTube is an online video sharing site. Use your creative skills to bring mitzvah-making to the masses!  In this interactive class, we will be learning about some of the most important mitzvot and how to perform them. Then, we will use our filming and editing skills to produce live-action, how-to mitzvah videos starring you! Teach the world how to put on a tallit and tefillin!  Hang a mezuzah! Get an aliyah! And you never know… they just might go viral.


Wilderness Jews
Taught by Laura Bellows

Take on the fall leaves and transition into winter with a Jewish take on wilderness skills, leadership, and the power of community. This class will be an outdoor, hands-on opportunity to learn from some of the bravest and most famous (or infamous) leaders of B’reishit/Genesis as we journey, like Israelites, through the local midbar (wilderness). Team building challenges, incredible ecology, and Torah study will guide us on the journey as talmidim put their leadership and wilderness skills to the test. If time allows, talmidim will design their own guided nature trail to share with the whole school. A Spring version of this course will be offered again in the Third Trimester.


Giving Voice to the Torah
Taught by Chana Kupetz and Avi Strausberg

The best way to connect with the stories of the Torah is to imagine yourself in them and write them yourself. Thankfully, the Torah gives us just sketchy outlines of what our favorite characters are feeling and thinking as they wander the desert and come together as a people. What was Moshe thinking as he stared into the mysterious burning bush? How did Miriam feel leaving her baby brother by the river side? With the help of Midrash and poetry, we’ll focus on different characters of the Torah and try to get inside their thoughts. Then, we’ll write our own Midrash as monologues and scenes, bringing these characters off the page and into our lives.


Asking Questions and Googling Answers
Taught by Scott Roland

We are the people of the question. More important than knowing the right answer or answers is knowing how to find the answers you seek. In this class we will talk about how the internet has changed the ways Jews ask questions and the resources we use to answer them. We will create a class blog, articulate what we’ve always wanted to know about Judaism, ritual, culture, the world Jewish community etc. and get on our way searching for answers!


Chavurat Bachurot – Girls’ Group
Taught by Chanit List

The Makor Girls’ Group gives participants a chance to learn, explore and reflect in a fun and comfortable environment. Jewish themes and Bible stories will serve as jumping off points for discussions on friends, school and family. There will be games, identity quizzes, role-playing, and crafts. This is the perfect way to begin a week you’ll be relaxed, with the tools you need to be successful! Our group will occasionally come together in conversation with Makor’s Guys’ Group.


Chavurat Bachurim – Guys’ Group
Taughty by Liam McSweeney

Being a guy is not always so simple. We like sports, and we like the arts. We’re smart, even though we don’t always make smart decisions. Together we’ll take an opportunity to explore important issues in our lives, each time learning more about what goes into being a Jewish man. Through activities, discussion, and games, we’ll explore popular culture, media, and Jewish text and tradition, all while enjoying some time with the guys. Our group will occasionally come together in conversation with Makor’s Girls’ Group.


Hadashot Yehudit – Jewish Current Events
Taught by Wayne Goldstein

Stay up to date on all that is happening in the Jewish world today. We will discuss events in Israel, current news related to Judaism in America, and possibly even talk about what is happening in your own town. Join us for fascinating guest speakers, multi-media presentations, lively conversation and much more. Class participation is a must if you enroll in this class everyone’s voice is important.


PERIOD 4: 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. (Optional)
Makor’s optional fourth period is open to both our talmidim (learners) and to parents of Prozdor and Makor students. Two learning options will be available to both our talmidim and parents:


Independent Study

Have you ever wanted to learn more about a particular Jewish topic, but never had the support and motivation you need? Now is your chance! Either by yourself or in a small group, we will pair you with one of our educators who will help frame and guide your study of your chosen topic. Your study can range from prayer, to Torah study, to Jewish history, to Israel – we’re happy to support your learning! If a large enough group requests to study a particular topic, we will offer a special elective during this period.


Teachers’ Favorites

We all know that some of our best learning experiences happen when the teacher’s excitement for the topic is clearly evident. This is exactly what you’ll get with this experience. Each week, one or two of our educators will teach one of their favorite texts, stories, songs, or art from Jewish tradition and facilitate discussion on the issues their teaching presents. It will be an engaging and interesting way for all participants to be introduced to highlights from Jewish tradition and history.


Biblical Leadership, Self-Discipline, and Self-Defense
Taught by Yigal Pe'eri

How many times have you asked yourself: Am I a leader? What does it take to be a leader? How can I be a champion in any situation? How can I protect myself from adversaries?

In this course we will learn who is a leader and how to become one. We will explore the actions of Biblical leaders and compare and contrast their leadership styles with Israeli self-defense and Eastern martial arts philosophies. We will use practical exercises to promote positive thinking, develop mental strength, enhance the ability to embrace change, and understand the way of the warrior. We will feature self-defense techniques (Judo, Karate and Krav Maga) and stress control through Tai Chi relaxation and meditation.

This elective is available to both talmidim and parents.

QUESTIONS?

Josh Langer
Director of Makor
617-559-8807
jlanger@hebrewcollege.edu