2018-2019 Electives

2019-2020 KADIMA ELECTIVES COMING SOON

The Kadima@BJ elective-based model offers scheduling flexibility and variety, ensuring our students feel passionate about their Jewish identity, creating socially aware and empowered individuals. Explore our awesome range of Thursday Electives for 3rd-6th graders plus Family Electives open to all Kadima@BJ families. See below for examples.

THURSDAY ELECTIVES

Term 1: October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 29, December 6, December 13, December 20

Term 2: January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 28, March 7

Term 3: March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, May 2, May 9, May 16

Each Thursday class will run from 4:00-6:00PM.

TERM 1

Yoga: Body and Soul (3rd-4th Grade)

Jewish Yoga is a way to connect the lessons of the Torah and Jewish wisdom with our bodies. We will look at yoga practice through a Jewish lens to inspire and excite our Jewish souls. Learn about Judaism while engaging your body and soul!

Spray Paint and Poetry (5th-6th Grade)

Explore modern-day Israel through the lens of the arts. We will delve into politics, history, fashion, and slang to better understand modern Israeli culture. If you appreciate and enjoy making art, this class is for you.

BYOP(lay): From Page to Stage (3rd-6th Grade)

Sharpen your pencils and your acting chops—it’s time to Build Your Own Play! In this theatrical elective, we’ll work in teams as writers, actors, and directors. Together, we’ll create and rehearse our own 10-minute plays. Then we’ll perform them in a holiday-based short play festival at the end of the term. Don’t think of yourself as an actor? No problem! You can write or direct and be involved behind the scenes. No theater experience necessary.

Holiday Cooking with the First Jewish American Cookbook (5th-6th Grade)

Part roleplaying game, part cooking, we travel back in time to Civil War-era Philadelphia. We will learn about daily life and cook a feast from the first Jewish American cookbook, Esther Levy’s Jewish Cookery Book. Students will also be encouraged to bring in their own family holiday recipes, culminating with an optional family heritage dinner.

Heroes and Heroines (3rd-4th Grade)

Explore Jewish values through the lens of comic books and talmudic stories. We will look at the way in which various Jewish concepts play out in comic books and other famous superhero arcs. We’ll also compare these findings to the conduct of rabbis in stories from the Talmud.

100 Years of BJ! (3rd-6th Grade)

Put on your history hat and grab your notepad as we travel back in time to explore the foundation and creation of BJ! Become a historian as we learn the story of our beautiful sanctuary, try out your journalism skills as you interview longtime BJ members, and cultivate your creativity as you help design a museum exhibit that will be visited by the whole community as part of the BJ Sanctuary’s centennial celebration. You won’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-century opportunity. This class will feature visits from the BJ rabbis.

 

TERM 2

Song Writing and Kulanu Band (3rd-6th Grade)

Calling all musicians! Learn how to play the melodies of Kulanu together with other Kadima@BJ students. Discuss the meaning of the prayers we sing and understand the power of music in communal prayer practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to write and perform their own prayer-based music. The class will culminate with the band accompanying our Kulanu musicians at a Shabbat morning service!  

Who Tells Your Story? Part One of Two (4th-6th Grade)

Places, everyone! In this two-part elective, we will rehearse our very own production of The Diary of Anne Frank. As we prepare for our show, we’ll learn more about Anne’s story and life and talk about what it means to tell a true story on stage. We’ll also experience first-hand all the pieces that go into putting on a play, from first rehearsal to final bow! Note: This is a two-part elective running in terms 2 and 3—students must sign up for both terms.

The Greenest Mitzvah (3rd-4th Grade)

Explore the connections between our environment (pollution, treatment of animals, conservancy) and Judaism. We will also be discussing the treatment of fellow human beings. If you appreciate and care for our natural world, you will enjoy this class.

What’s “kosher” for you? (3rd-4th Grade)

In a world where our food brings suffering to animals, abuses to workers, and increased carbon emissions, how can we make our diet holy? Explore ethical eating, make a contribution to the BJ/SPSA Women’s Shelter, and learn to cook vegan, vegetarian, and locavore desserts. Students will also make individual poster presentations to share with the community on how to best kasher our diet. Feed both your inner chef and your inner social justice warrior!

Mock Debate: Moral Dilemmas (5th-6th Grade)

After studying and analyzing various Jewish source texts, we will look at moral dilemmas that manifest themselves in day-to-day life and apply our values to those cases. There will also be a debate component.

 

TERM 3

Song Writing and Kulanu Band (3rd-6th Grade)

Calling all musicians! Learn how to play the melodies of Kulanu together with other Kadima@BJ students. Discuss the meaning of the prayers we sing and understand the power of music in communal prayer practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to write and perform their own prayer-based music. The class will culminate with the band accompanying our Kulanu musicians at a Shabbat morning service!  

Comparative Religions (5th-6th Grade)

Explore the beliefs and tenets of diverse religions as we find similarities and differences between them and Judaism. We will examine these comparisons to help us understand global conflicts in history and in the present, and we will try to brainstorm solutions from a faith-based perspective.

B’Ivrit B’vakasha (5th-6th Grade)

Learn how to order your favorite food, describe a scene from your favorite movie, and talk about how bad the weather is (and more!), all in Hebrew. No background necessary, though an appreciation for music helps!

Who Tells Your Story? Part Two of Two (4th-6th Grade)

Places, everyone! In this two-part elective, we will rehearse our very own production of The Diary of Anne Frank. As we prepare for our show, we’ll learn more about Anne’s story and life and talk about what it means to tell a true story on stage. We’ll also experience first-hand all the pieces that go into putting on a play, from first rehearsal to final bow! Note: This is a two-part elective running in terms 2 and 3—students must sign up for both terms.

The Cuisine of Israel: Jews and Beyond (3rd-4th Grade)

Learn about the political issues in Israel through cooking, music, and drama games. We will explore the various types of Jewish, Arab, and African foods eaten throughout the country.

Board Game Building (3rd-5th Grade)

Play a variety of (strategy) board games that relate to Jewish texts and values. We’ll also have an opportunity to make our own games that actualize the concepts we have studied.

 

FAMILY ELECTIVES

Family Friday Shabbat

What do you do to unwind for a busy week? How do we prepare for a day of rest? Join other Kadima@BJ families as we celebrate Shabbat together. Before services, families will meet for some Shabbat-inspired learning and snacks. Afterwards, we will join the community for Kabbalat Shabbat before heading to Shabbat dinner. The cost of this course includes a dinner for one Kadima@BJ student and one parent.

  • Beginning at 5:30PM or 5:45PM each week
  • Term 1: October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11
  • Term 2: February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10

Family Shabbat Morning

Have you ever wondered why we pray? Why are the prayers in a certain order? Why do we say different prayers on Shabbat? Join us for our Shabbat morning family elective as we explore the ins and outs of prayer, while also participating in Shabbat morning services with the community. Following the beginning of services, families will participate in learning with the BJ clergy and will then enjoy a celebratory Shabbat meal together.

  • Beginning at 9:30AM each week
  • Term 1: October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5
  • Term 2: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4

Family Hevrutah and Havdalah

How do you know what is right and wrong? Have you ever faced a moral dilemma? Debate, learn, and gain new perspective on what the Talmud has to say about modern ethical dilemmas. After learning together and enjoying some snacks, the class will mark the transition between Shabbat and the coming week with a short havdalah service.

  • Beginning one hour before havdalah each week
  • October 13, November 10, December 15, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11

Tzedek Sunday

This group will come together over the course of the year to study, act, and give. Judaism values the power of the collective. When we learn together, our understanding is broadened by others’ insights. Through this family elective, you will have the opportunity to build relationships and form community, while also acting and learning for the greater good.

  • 11:00AM-12:15PM each week
  • October 21, November 18, December 16, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 19th

 

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