Hebrew High is community institution designed to help Jewish teens connect deeply to a peer community, find adults in their lives who support them, and understand more about who they are, what they believe, what they value, and how they treat themselves and others. Through experiential classes, social programs, leadership opportunities, tzedakah and tikkun olam, our teens find a true sense of personal Jewish understanding, a community of friends that will last a lifetime, and a safe space in the midst of their demanding schedules.
Hebrew High is a community institution that attracts and welcomes 8th—12th grade students from the entire Greater Western New York area.
Hebrew High meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30—8:30 PM at The Jewish Community Center 2640 North Forest Road Getzville, NY 14068 Our school year is broken up into 3 sessions. While we hope you will sign up for the whole year, feel free to register for only one or two sessions that better fit your schedule! All Classes will take place at the Jewish Community Center in Getzville! See you in September!
Office phone: 716-204-5380 M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM On Wednesday evenings when school is in session, call 716-204-5380 between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM Jill Komm, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Schreiber, Assistant Principal email@example.com Mail: Hebrew High Bureau of Jewish Education 2640 North Forest Road Getzville, NY 14068 Fax: 716-688-3572 Web: www.bjebuffalo.org/hebrewhigh Facebook: facebook.com/hebrewhighbuffalo Twitter: @hebrew_high Instagram: hebrewhighbuffalo
CONNECTING TO ISRAEL
- SHAILEE HERTER
How do you connect to Israel? This class will examine the key components that make up Israel, such as geography, Zionism, food, morals and the IDF. You will discuss these topics through multimedia, games and readings to find your connection to Israel.
Rabbi Adam Scheldt
School, sports and clubs and everything else kinda leaving you feeling overwhelmed? This class will offer you an oasis of calm in your week and help you de-stress. You may not have known it, but Rabbis long ago taught meditation and mindfulness practice. They taught it just as a spiritual practice, but now you can learn it to not only get in touch with your spiritual side but also help manage all the craziness in your life.
WHAT'S YOUR JEWISH JOURNEY?
Ori Bergman “One question is always relevant: How can I use this to move forward?” -Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller
Using stories from defining moments in Jewish History you will discuss how these stories have helped to shape us into the people we are today and how we will move forward. At the end of this class you will be able to tell your own Jewish Journey about where you have come from and where you are going.
"SAVIOR" (SAVE-YOUR) HISTORY
Do you have old ticket stubs, letters, birthday cards and other items that define a moment in your life? In this class you will be able to take all of these defining items and create a scrapbook! Through scrapbooking you will be able to gain a better understand of these moments and have conversations on how to view them through a Jewish lens.
NOURISH YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SOUL THROUGH JEWISH COOKING
What are the techniques and history in making Jewish food? In this class you will learn about the history of Jewish food, and what it means for something to be Kosher. You will also cook a plethora of different variations of Jewish food, including, sushi, cholent, cookies and cakes
JEWISH CIVICS INITIATIVE (for 11th graders only)
The curriculum for this course is based on the Tikkun Olam/ World Repair Manual that helps students learn how to be more active citizens of the Jewish people. This course offers perspectives on public policy and Jewish values and includes a trip to Washington, D.C., (Dates TBD). A special registration form required for this course is available on our website or by contacting Jill Komm at 716-204-5380, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, there is an additional cost of $ 700 for participants for the trip to Washington DC. The Bureau of Jewish Education subsidizes this trip and scholarship money may be available upon request.
WAR AND MEMORY - PART II
How will you carry on stories of the Holocaust survivors? Join Part two of this class to go in depth with different mediums that tell survivors’ stories. You will examine how each medium differs, and review Survivor testimonies, documentaries vs. feature films, diaries vs. memoirs and much more.
JEWS AND JEWISH CULTURE ON TV
Jewish people have always had a place in TV, but the way that Judaism has been portrayed as evolved through the decades. In this class you will discuss and learn about the evolution of Judaism on TV from the 1950’s to today. You will also learn about Jewish actors and how their culture has an influence on TV shows, and the role that televised news has on Jewish issues, like the Israeli/Palestine conflict.
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
Israel is described in the Torah as the Land of Milk and Honey. In this class you learn why that saying is true now more than ever! You will learn about all of the achievements and progress that is taking place in Israel and where it is headed for the future.
TEXTING FOR TEENS - PART III
Back by popular demand! The third instalment of this class will interpret the text from the Torah into everyday language, and be used to help answer the big questions of social justice, relationships, ethics and much more.
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein & Rabbi Jonathan Freirich
This class is for 10th grade teens being confirmed at Congregation Shir Shalom, Temple Beth Tzedek and Temple Beth Zion. This class combines teens from all synagogues and Rabbis will rotate teaching each week.
TODAY'S JEWISH PORTRAIT
With social media at our fingertips we see different images every day, hour or minute. These images play a role in our day to day lives in how we see the world and ourselves. In this class you will use imagery to explore your Jewish identity. You will also get to learn about photography and take your own image that describes your personal Jewish identity. The photos will be entered in a national contest to be hung up in a museum in Israel!
SPEAK LIKE AN ISRAELI
Hebrew is an ancient language that has developed and changed into with modern times. In this class you will learn phrases, and sayings that Israeli’s use today! Through games, music and conversations you will also learn how to talk Hebrew as if you were traveling to Israel.
DOCTOR JEW: JUDAISM SHAPING THE POP CULTURE GENRE
What does Comic Books, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory and Star Wars all have in common? They all have Jewish roots! Through discussions and multimedia you will not only learn how Judaism is in our entertainment and pop culture you will also discover your own Jewish story.
TEEN MUSSAR: CHALLENGES AND CHOICES
A Jewish teen's guide to a balanced life! This course will help you deal constructively with the pressures, stresses and issues that are common in your lives. In a hands-on, creative and interactive atmosphere, we will explore these generational issues through a Jewish lens with an eye to developing strategies that will equip you to make the best choices, informed by Jewish wisdom.