Prozdor Teen Open Circle Course Descriptions

Winter Trimester 2022

DATES: January 9, 16 – MLK Teen Service Day, 23, 30, February 6, 13, March 6, 13

**If you are already registered for PTOC for the year, please contact prozdor@hebrewcollege.edu to select your Winter Trimester courses.


1st Period: Teen Hebrew Institute (9:30 AM – 11:20 AM)

Want to take Modern Hebrew and a PTOC course? Hebrew classes meet from 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM (overlapping with second period). Register for a third period PTOC course of your choice (below) and contact prozdor@hebrewcollege.edu to inquire about which Hebrew classes have spring 2022 openings.


2nd Period PTOC Courses (10:30 AM – 11:20 AM)


Writing Rabbinic Fan-Fiction: A Contemporary Israeli and American Midrash Challenge
Instructor: Rabbi Laura Bellows
Location: Hebrew College
Dates:
January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, March 6, 13
Cost: $350
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Midrash has sometimes been described as the fan-fiction of Torah — reading between the lines to reveal new meaning, giving voice to the experiences and emotions of formerly silenced characters, and exploring the epic personalities and relationships in our sacred text. Bring your pen (or keyboard) as we study key stories from Torah, explore how classical (ancient) and contemporary Israeli and American writers of midrash interpreted these stories, and take on the challenge of adding our own voices and imaginations to the unfolding world of midrash.


“I can’t do homework on Saturday, but WHY NOT?” The History and Beauty of Shabbat
Instructor: Rabbi David Ehrenkranz
Location: Hebrew College
Date:
January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, March 6, 13
Cost: $350
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In this course we will discover why God instituted the Sabbath as a day of rest that benefits our psyche, body, soul, and spirit. Though we will focus on the 39 categories of prohibited work, we will also understand why Shabbat is the most important and soulful day of the week for the Jewish people, as well as for the rest of the world. Using texts from the Torah and Masechet Shabbat (as well as other rabbinic sources) we will gain a deeper appreciation for how to enjoy this special day so that it can rejuvenate our entire week and train us to have a positive mindset for the rest of our lives.


3rd Period PTOC Courses (11:40 AM – 12:30 PM)


How to Treat Others
Instructor: Rabbi David Ehrenkranz
Location: Hebrew College
Date:
January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, March 6, 13
Cost: $350
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In this course, we will rely heavily on Pirke Avot, a Jewish book of ethics, and will discover the ideal way to treat both fellow Jews and non-Jews. Focusing on the laws related to gossip, envy, anger, property law, and marriage, we will explore what Jewish Law has to teach us about how to make this world a civilized one based on compassion, empathy, and community. We will also seek to understand why these well-developed, structured laws have sustained the Jewish people for so long and why their value has outlived other legal systems.


Beyond the Purim Carnival: What the Jewish Holidays Have to Teach About Ourselves, Our Community, and the World
Instructor: Rabbinic Intern Jenna Shaw
Location: Hebrew College
Date:
January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, March 6, 13
Cost: $350
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What was the true miracle of Hanukah (hint: it wasn’t the oil)? Is the over-the-top Purim story meant to be taken seriously? What does ice cream and cheesecake have to do with Shavuot? And where can I go to get in on the chametz-fest of Mimouna at the end of Passover? In this class, we’ll dive deep into a selection of global and regional Jewish holidays, explore the true and wild meanings behind their stories and symbols, and why you might never think about Purim the same way again.