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Hebrew High Classes

Our educational team at Beth El Synagogue continues to have an impactful and meaningful program that brings our 8th-12th grade students together to continue their Jewish education. We envision an experiential program that combines formal and informal learning, which fulfills the Talmudic saying:

Gadol, she'haTalmud mayvee leeday ma'aseh  
תלמוד   .מעשה לידי מביא שהתלמוד גדול
"Learning is great for it leads to action."

Together we will think deeply about such important topics as our responsibility to support Israel, the meaning of Jewish community, and our commitment to social justice. We won't just talk about these themes, and others, we will also take our learning outside the walls of our synagogues and the confines of our Omaha community, so that our students can be enriched by making a positive impact in our world.

Students in grades 8-10 will visit the traveling Holocaust exhibit, "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far way." in Kansas City, which they will prepare for in their Holocaust Studies class. Students in grades 11-12 will participate in the JFO Community trip to Israel, which they will prepare for in their "Israel - Before I Go" class.

Grades 8-10
October - November 2021

"Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away."
Student & Parent Trip to Holocaust Exhibit in Kansas City - November 14, 2021

Our Holocaust class will be facilitated by Beth Seldin Dotan, PhD candidate and former Director of The Institute for Holocaust Education. Our goal is to include both parents and students in this opportunity to learn and study about one of the most influential periods of Jewish history in our not-so-distant past.  We will combine history, geography and testimonies of Holocaust survivors and 2nd generation children whose lives were influenced by our parents’ experiences.

Classes will take place on Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10 & 17, 6:30–8:00 pm. We will drive down to Kansas City Sunday, November 14, 2021 to visit the traveling Holocaust exhibit. Everyone will be responsible for driving themselves down to Kansas City and meeting with us at the museum by 12:00 pm. Students whose parents cannot participate will still take the class and we will arrange a carpool.

December 2021
"December Dilemma"

The weeks leading up to Christmas are a time when many American Jews, even those who are not religiously observant or do not think often about their Jewish identity, feel conscious of being Jewish and not being part of the Christian majority.

Whether you ignore Christmas altogether (not so easy amid the commercials, office parties, holiday decorations etc.), use it as an excuse to go to a movie and eat Chinese food, or celebrate it with non-Jewish friends or family, the holiday — and its proximity to Hanukkah — can provoke a lot of emotions.

For interfaith families in particular, December can be a stressful time, demanding decisions about whether to celebrate one or both holidays and how to deal with hurt feelings or disapproval from extended family.

Grades 11-12
October 2021
"What I Need To Know"

In this class students will study with Rabbi Abraham. This may be your last chance to ask questions from your Rabbi. He will touch on relevant and hot topics that concern our students, especially those who are moving on to the next big step. Come prepared to ask and discuss anything and everything.

November - December 2021
"Israel - Before I Go"
Student Trip - JFO Community Trip to Israel: December 22 - January 2

Students signed up for this trip will spend Shabbat in Jerusalem, meet teens from our Partnership region, float in the Dead Sea, explore the desert and learn about the innovations of Tel Aviv.
Jewish Juniors & Seniors from around the Omaha area are invited to join us on a collaborative 10-Day adventure. In partnership with Beth El, Beth Israel, and Temple Israel participants will be able to build relationships with peers across the Omaha community, explore Israel through a lens of Inclusion & Pluralism, strengthen your identity while forging your own relationship with this complex & historic land.

Prior to the trip, interactive classes will take place at the JCC from 6:30-8:00 pm and will include dinner. These classes will take place on the following dates: Wednesdays, November 3,10 & 17 and December 1 & 8.       

In addition to these classes, will take part in the following pre-trip gatherings:
Sunday, September 26 - Get to Know You Group Ropes Course
Sunday, October 17 - Group Training Session
Saturday, November 13 - Havdallah with artist from Western Galilee @ Temple Israel

Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782