Not only will you learn about your Jewish identity in a way that is meaningful to YOU, you’ll also choose the experiences that define it! Options including going on great trips with your friends to Israel and destination cities in the US and Canada, as well as attending delicious Friday night experiences.
This track is open to students in Grades 8–12.
Your experience is 2.5 hrs in-class, once a week, from September–June, 2 seminars, and family dinner.
Grade 8—Jewish Identity and Jewish Community—HRE13
This course is designed to instill in the student a lifelong dedication to Judaism and Jewish studies. Student will learn what it means to be ‘Jewish”, how important each and every one’s role is in Judaism, and how to interact with the Jewish community. They will learn how important Jewish ideals, such as Chesed (kindness) and Tzedakah (charity) are to their community, to the entire Jewish people and to the world at large. Students will develop a lifelong love for their community and an appreciation for those community leaders who shape and build Jewish communities all over the globe, and will develop a sense of communal responsibility to all aspects of their community.
Grade 9—Jewish Values and Ethics—HRE23
This course is designed to instill in the student a lifelong dedication to Judaism and Jewish studies. Students will learn the foundations of Jewish belief, and understand how to apply that knowledge to current ethical dilemmas that challenge mankind. Students will explore how Judaism relates to current medical, business and familial ethical problems. Through this framework of seeing how classical Rabbinical Judaism relates to current events, students will develop a positive view on the vast scope of Jewish studies and its relevance to current events.
Grade 9- Advanced Studies: Jewish Values and Ethics—HRE23
This course will follow the curriculum as described above, with half of the class time surveying the Book of Genesis (Sefer Bereisheet). The second portion of the class will be taught in Hebrew.
Grade 10- Torah, Holidays and Prayers—HRE33
This course provides a deeper understanding of the Rabbinic Bible and its commentaries, and through it, an attachment of the student to their heritage. Students will study classical Jewish texts and learn how to apply their teachings to their daily lives. This course will teach students to appreciate and partake in the history, culture, and traditions of Jewish life.
Grade 10- Advanced Studies: Torah, Holidays and Prayers—HRE33
This course will follow the curriculum as described above, with half of the class time surveying the Book of Exodus (Sefer Shemot). The second portion of the class will be taught in Hebrew. Students will be building on their skills from the advanced HRE23 course. This course will teach students to appreciate and partake in the history, culture and traditions of Jewish life.
Grade 11/12—Ethics and the Lifecycle- Lifecycle and Mitzvot—IDC4U
Prerequisite: Grade 11 can apply with any university or university/college preparation course
This course is designed to provide students with a better of understanding of Ethics and Family issues and their relevancy to a young adult’s day to day life. Students will study different types of ethical dilemmas and theories, and attempt to recognize the importance of a sophisticated and comprehensive ethical morality. In addition, students will learn about ethical issues as it relates to dating, love, marriage, life death and other life-cycle events. Students will examine the Life Cycle from a Jewish point of view, as well as Ethical Issues and Judaism responses. Students will analyze various techniques for resolving ethical dilemmas as they relate to family and social dynamics. Various issues such as ethics in business, social responsibility, and management of family roles, stress and conflict within relationships will all be addressed.
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will study secular and Jewish approaches to philosophy and have the opportunity to compare and contrast the various philosophical approaches to various aspects of life. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy.
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