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STEP (Sinai Teen Education Program) 2013/14


8th through 10th Graders will meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 until noon for 16 weeks, divided into four quarters. STEP provides teens the opportunity to delve into relevant and engaging topics and to explore their Judaism with friends and fellow Sinai teens.  This program is staffed by our rabbis as well as other innovative teachers.

To register/pay online click here. If registering online, payment is due in full at time of registration. To pay in two installments, please print registration form and mail the forms and payment to Sami Tanenbaum.

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STEP (8-10th grade) Elective Descriptions 2013/14


Quarter 1

Jewish Philanthropy:  A Workshop in Giving

Social Action

9th and 10th graders only

Have you ever made a difference?  Have you ever wanted to put your skills and talents to work to make the world a better place?  Do you like to help people?  This class is a great way to learn about the local Jewish community and the inside view of how non-profits work.  Registering for this class requires your full participation in all of the classes (1st and 2nd quarter) and a commitment to raise $100.  This is our 5th year of running this class everyone who has participated had a powerful and meaningful experience.

Led by: Ina Enoch

Step Up for Israel

Connecting to Israel

Using videos and discussions, we will better understand how to be advocates for Israel as we explore how Israel is so much more than just a the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey we learn about in the Torah. “Perhaps the greatest hindrance to standing up for Israel is a lack of confidence in one's ability to do so.”  Take this class and find your confidence!

Led by:  Rabbi Brad Levenberg

 

Reading between the Lines:  What’s the Whole Story?

Debate and Dialogue

In this class we are going to pick three burning issues in our society today and examine various perspectives of them.  Using various types of media, we will look closely at what is being said and what is not being said about these critical topics.  What is the psychology of media bias, editorial choices and language in today’s great debates?

Led by: Joel Deitch

Krav Maga:  Introduction to Israeli Martial Arts

Creative – Movement

Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the US.  Celebrities do it, Israelis do it, police do it and now you can do it too.  Krav Maga is a great ways to get in shape and to raise awareness of your surroundings.  (Students can take this class only once this year, either quarter 1 or 4.)


Quarter 2

So You Want to be a Songleader?

Creative – Music

This hands-on workshop will help you improve your songleading skills and help prepare you to lead both services and song sessions.  Topics will include teaching a song, engaging your audience, repertoire building and more.  Guitar skills are a prerequisite - this is not a beginning guitar class.

Led by:  Adam Griff

 

Current Events in the World Jewish Community

Debate and Dialogue

What are Jews confronting here in Atlanta, in the country, in Israel and around the world?

We’ll discuss some of these issues and explore how they impact us and ask ourselves:  why should we care in the first place?

Led by:  Rabbi Ron Segal

 

Creative Judaism:  Text and Art Workshop

Creative – Art

Are you a creative person?  Do you want to create a project that will be a lasting contribution to Temple Sinai?  Join this class, where we will explore and interpret Jewish text and turn our interpretations into a beautiful piece of art.  The group project created by members of this class will be used for sacred rituals at Temple Sinai for years to come.

Led by:  Rabbi Elana Perry

 

Holocaust

Debate and Dialogue

Jewish Philanthropy:  A Workshop in Giving Part 2

Social Action

9th and 10th graders only

Continuation of workshop experience from quarter 1

Led by: Ina Enoch

 



Quarter 3

Judy’s Jewish Art Joint

Creative – Art

Discover your inner artist as you learn about various art techniques which were used during the time of Noah until today. We will explore foil texture art, metal punching, sculpture and more.  All pieces will have a Judaic theme of your choice. Not too messy but loads of fun and creativity!  No previous art experience is required, only active participation and a good attitude!  (Students can take this class only once this year, either quarter 3 or 4.)

Led by:  Judy Thomas

 

Jew-Bu and Other Jewish Zen Experiences

Debate and Dialogue

In this class we will head east, through Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism and more. What do we Jews share with these religions? How are they different? How have they influenced us — and what can we learn from them?  Explore these different ways of looking at the world and perhaps you’ll even see your own Judaism in a whole new light.

Led by:  Joel Deitch

 

Gastro-Judaism:  Holidays through Food

Creative – Food

This class will explore the major Jewish holidays celebrated during the year through their food traditions.  We will discuss traditions and major themes that surround each holiday and how food is an integral part of the experience.  This is a hands-on class with lots of food tasting, a little cooking and other interesting activities.

Led by:  Dana Eisenman

 

Jewish Nation Animation:  How Cartoons Tell our Jewish Stories

Dialogue and Debate

Led by:  Matt Eisenman

 


Quarter 4

Judy’s Jewish Art Joint

Creative – Art

Discover your inner artist as you learn about various art techniques which were used during the time of Noah until today. We will explore foil texture art, metal punching, sculpture and more.  All pieces will have a Judaic theme of your choice. Not too messy but loads of fun and creativity!  No previous art experience is required, only active participation and a good attitude!  (Students can take this class only once this year, either quarter 3 or 4.)

Led by:  Judy Thomas

 

Virtual Israel

Connecting to Israel

Experience the history and culture of Israel in a unique way as we “travel” through the country and blog about our experiences.  No passport necessary.  Each week we will explore a different aspect of Israel’s story from the beginnings of the Zionist movement to the current conflict.  Using a variety of primary sources, film, music and more, we will also incorporate some basic green screen technology, photos and video to insert ourselves in the moments and share our insights with the world on a special blog that we will create.

Led by:  Rich Walter, Associate Director for Israel Education at Emory University

 

Krav Maga:  Introduction to Israeli Martial Arts

Creative – Movement

Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the US.  Celebrities do it, Israelis do it, police do it and now you can do it too.  Krav Maga is a great ways to get in shape and to raise awareness of your surroundings.  (Students can take this class only once this year, either quarter 1 or 4.)

 

Jewish Holidays:  Deconstructed

Debate and Dialogue

What's so odd about Purim? Why is Chanukah a bigger deal here than anywhere else? Why do we have four different New Year holidays? Who determines what our holidays are — and how we celebrate them? The answers aren't as obvious as you might think. We'll take a critical look at both major and minor Jewish holidays, including their history, how they've been influenced by the non-Jewish world and how observances have changed over time.

 

Led by:  Joel Deitch