Thursday Electives

Learning, Growth, & Families

Explore our Thursday electives:

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

Trimester 1

Dates: September 12, September 19, September 26, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21

Kosher Food: A Jewish Fight for the Planet

Grades: 3rd-6th

How can we eat in a way that improves the earth and people’s lives? With climate change and millions of underpaid and unprotected farm workers, what can we do to help? We will cook a variety of sweet treats, a few experimental dishes, and study how food affects people’s lives and the health of the planet.

Kadima Choir

Grades: 5th-6th

Love to sing? Unsure if you can carry a tune? That’s ok! Everyone is welcome to try our new Kadima Choir. Students will learn vocal technique and some basic music theory through the lens of Jewish and Israeli music.

Acting Ancestors: A Time Traveling Adventure

Grades: 5th-6th

In this elective, students will dive deep into family history, and act out one of their ancestors! Students will visit the Lower East Side for a CharacTour, and interactive theatrical walking tour where an actor will play different Jewish historical characters. Everyone will then get to learn about American Jewish immigration, and how it relates to an ancestor of their choice. Each participant will create a scene as their ancestor and perform it for the class and their family. By learning about their ancestors, students will appreciate the rich diversity of Jewish history and experience.

Trimester 2 

Dates: December 5, December 12, December 19, January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13

Hamotzi Lehem Min Ha-aretz: Breaking Bread in the Bible and Beyond

Grades: 3rd-6th

Through four stories, we will examine the role that food plays in special moments in Jewish history. We will explore the hospitality of Abraham, the life-saving banquet of Queen Esther, the Bread of the Seven Heavens for Shavuot, and the fourth is up to you! Each class will also involve making historical, Jewish foods.

Yoga

Grades: 3rd-6th

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!

Shira: Singing, Studying, and Songwriting

Grades: 3rd-6th

In this elective, students will have a chance to combine their love of Jewish text and music. We will sing songs together, as well as engage in text study on the words and language of the songs we sing. Learners will also have the opportunity to write new tunes to Jewish texts or songs inspired by traditional Jewish stories.

Trimester 3

Dates: February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14

Delicious Tisches: 1250-1930

Grades: 3rd-6th

Imagine: it’s the future. Humans live in space and food is in pill form. Eww. You want real food! There’s only one way to get these foods: Find a time machine and impersonate famous Jewish people to eat their food! We will pretend to be famous rabbis or politicians and their entourage. We will dress like them, talk like them, and then, of course, eat like them!

Kulanu Band

Grades: 3rd-6th

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!

Acting Ancestors: A Time Traveling Adventure

Grades: 3rd-4th

In this elective, students will dive deep into family history, and act out one of their ancestors! Students will visit the Lower East Side for a CharacTour, and interactive theatrical walking tour where an actor will play different Jewish historical characters. Everyone will then get to learn about American Jewish immigration, and how it relates to an ancestor of their choice. Each participant will create a scene as their ancestor and perform it for the class and their family. By learning about their ancestors, students will appreciate the rich diversity of Jewish history and experience.