Prozdor Teen Immersives

Join 7th-12th graders from across the country for a dive deep into one of five Immersive Jewish learning tracks. Immersives meet three times during the year for one to three lively hours online. 

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  • time Workshops for 7th-12th grade only, parents only, and multigenerational
  • location Online
  • duration November 22, 2020; January 17, 2021; April 25, 2021

The Tzedek Edition:
A Day of Deep-Dive Learning for Teens and Parents

  • Prozdor_Immersive_logoWho: For 7th-12th graders and their parents / grandparents / guardians
  • When: Sunday, January 17, 2021, MLK Weekend
  • Cost: $36 household / $25 individual for unlimited learning throughout the day
  • Contact: prozdor@hebrewcollege.edu

Al regel achat (at-a-glance):

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Want to Change the World? A Jewish Social Justice Playbook
Frankie Sandmel  | TEENS only

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Parent Circle: Learning from the Experiences of Jews of Color
Erica Streit-Kaplan | PARENTS only

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Writing Peace, Composing Justice: A Music and Creative Writing workshop Rafi Ellenson | ALL welcome

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Artist Beit Midrash: Justice Like A Mighty River
Rabbi Laura Bellows | ALL welcome

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Ethical Debates: How much are we willing to give to save one person?
Rabba Claudia Marbach | ALL welcome

 

Workshop descriptions

Want to Change the World? A Jewish Social Justice Playbook
7th-12th grade only | Led by Frankie Sandmel
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., join us as we explore what it takes to translate a passion for tikkun olam and building a just world into real change. We’ll weave together Jewish stories of fighting for justice with developing organizing skills you can use to make a difference in your own communities. Whether you’re passionate about racial justice, climate change, LGBTQ liberation, or anything else – this workshop will give you helpful tools to take the next step.

Frankie Sandmel (they/them) is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, an educator and a community organizer. Frankie spent last year interning with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and, in addition to teaching at Prozdor is a SVARA Teaching Fellow, where they are learning about curating radically accessible, authentic Jewish text study. Before starting rabbinical school, Frankie was program director at SVARA and taught at innovative Jewish after-school programs across Chicago. On top of it all, they love to bake.


Parent Circle: Learning from the Experiences of Jews of Color
Parents only | Led by Erica Streit-Kaplan
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

In his ELI talk, Shais Rishon shares about “What Makes This Jew Different Than All Other Jews? Race, Difference, and Safety in Jewish Spaces.” Reflecting on Rishon’s experience and the experiences shared by other JOCISM (Jews of Color, Indigenous, Sephardi, Mizrachi) people, this parent discussion circle will offer a space for learning, connection, and solidarity as we explore and discuss identity and race as parents raising teens in a diverse Jewish community. This session is geared for parents who identify as white, however all are welcome.

Erica Streit-Kaplan (she/her) is co-founder of Families Organizing for Racial Justice and managed Hebrew College’s Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program for six years. A social worker by training, she’s working towards a future in which every Jew feels at home in Jewish communal spaces.

 

Writing Peace, Composing Justice: A Music and Creative Writing workshop  All welcome | Led by Rafi Ellenson
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

“Everyone’s talking about peace, no one’s talking about justice!” – Mooki, Israeli musician

Over the course of two hours (with a break), we will explore what makes a “peace anthem” in both Hebrew and English contexts. Using these anthems as inspiration, we will then dive into a medium of your choice, be it poetry, lyrics, or music, to compose a “justice anthem” of your own.

Rafi Ellenson (he/him) is a rabbinical student (’25) at Hebrew College. He is a literary translator and educator originally from New York City and would love to discuss with you what your favorite social justice/protest/peace song of the past 5 decades is and why is it “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan?


Artist Beit Midrash: Justice Like A Mighty River
All welcome | Led by Rabbi Laura Bellows
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

How can we use art to inspire a more just world? Join us and get inspired in this hands-on virtual maker space as we put the teachings of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in conversation with contemporary Jewish artists working in support of Black Lives. Bring your favorite art supplies or simply gather multicolored paper, a pencil, and scissors for an hour of creative fun and powerful art.

Rabbi Laura Bellows is the Director of Teen Learning programs and Prozdor at Hebrew College and a life-long artist, justice-seeker, educator, and cookie connoisseur. 


Ethical Debates: How much are we willing to give to save one person?
All welcome | Led by Rabba Claudia Marbach
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Torah says that one of our greatest mitzvot is redeeming captives but at what cost? In 2011 Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, was released by Hamas in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons. What would you have advised the Prime Minister from a Jewish perspective? We will look at Jewish sources from the Torah to contemporary thinkers and add our opinions as well.

Rabba Claudia Marbach is the Director of Teen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College, a Talmud focused after-school program for teens. She received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat in June 2018. Before ordination, Rabba Claudia was a middle school teacher at JCDS Boston, a pluralistic Jewish Day School, for fifteen years, where she developed the Rabbinics curriculum. She participates in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Abraham network. Rabba Claudia received her BA in English from Barnard College, and JD from Boston University. She studied at Michlala, Drisha, and Pardes, and chaplaincy training at Hebrew Senior Life in Dedham, MA.

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