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Next DOR Projects 2nd Trimester 2020–2021

Our students were hard at work in the second trimester learning about traditional Jewish foods, celebrities, and culture. They wanted to share some of their final projects with you.

 Jewish Holiday Cookbook
Close your eyes and imagine the aroma of a warm honey cake just out of the oven, the crisp, slightly oniony smell of potato latkes, and matzah balls bubbling away. Every Jewish family has its favorite holiday foods that are handed down from generation to generation. These special recipes are part of our rich cultural and religious heritage. This trimester we will be gathering and sharing a collection of our favorite holiday recipes, stories, photographs, and artwork to tell the story of our personal family holiday traditions. We will explore the use of multimedia resources, including online, desktop publishing, and video demonstration. This will be a treasure that can be added to, shared, and passed on from generation to generation. Taught by Morah Alli Mayer.

Jewish Food Cultures
The famous holiday saying goes: “They tried to kill us, they failed; let’s eat!” But what foods do we eat and how does that influence our culture? Throughout the trimester, we will explore the different sects of Judaism by cooking and eating traditional foods for Jews of different ethnic backgrounds, including Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi Jews, and Jews who live in different geographic areas. Through their food, we will learn about their culture and what makes each group unique but also brings us together as Jews.

This chug is family-oriented, and parent/adult participation is encouraged. It will not be structured like the description given. We will prep first and while things are cooking, we will take time to learn about the cultures from which the food we are cooking comes from, and then we will come back together to show our final product. Taught by Morah Haley. Director.

Jewish Hall of Fame 
Jews have filled a variety of roles as activists, creators, and heroes. In this class, students will travel through time, exploring the diverse lives of influential Jews across the world. This class will delve into the accomplishments of Jews from the biblical era up until today. We will examine how Jewish life has evolved, the social context of the times we explore, and come to understand how these individuals embodied Jewish values. Taught by Morah Liora Hassen.

For the Jewish Hall of Fame chug, students were asked to pick a Jewish figure they admire or want to learn more about. The students then created a virtual quiz via Kahoot that delves into the life of the person they chose. They were instructed to associate this figure with a Jewish value that they think the person embodies. Here are some of their choices and reasonings:

“I picked Albert Einstein and I think he shows avodah (hard work) through his efforts to improve science.” ~ Gavin 

“I picked Jon Ossoff and I think he shows k’hilah (commitment to community) because he’s one of the few Jewish people to be a part of the Senate.” ~ Emily Click to take the quiz about Jon Ossoff.

“I chose Anne Frank and I think she connects generations. When someone reads her diary I think it lets people know how different her life was from ours.” ~ Matthew Click to take the quiz about Anne Frank.

Click to take the quiz about Leslie Feinberg.

Click to take the quiz about Sandy Koufax.

Holidays in Motion
Judaism is experienced through the mind and the body. I would like students to gain an emotional connection and physical connection to their Jewish learning. By utilizing movement study and physical engagement opportunities, students will be able to connect nonverbal learning skills and create emotionally salient memories of connection to Jewish learning. Students will demonstrate understanding in each lesson through movement, yoga, and dance-based activities. Students will grow beyond language skills, advancing motor imitation and creative process.

Students do not need any background knowledge of dance or any movement experience! We will be active; learning experiences will occur with active movement experience as a part. Students will have the chance to be really creative and to express themselves and show off what they can do and what they can come up with. This chug will be an exciting time of hands-on experience, active movement, creative engagement, and getting to talk about Judaism with and without our voices. Taught by Morah Samantha Skobel.

Making Your Home a Sanctuary.
Jewish tradition has always seen the home as a sacred space. How can we take the skills and crafts our ancestors used to build the Tabernacle and apply those into our modern homes? Together we will learn these skills to make our homes into miniature sanctuaries. Taught by Morah Steffi Biersdorff.

Sun, August 14 2022 17 Av 5782