Port Jewish Center

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Port Jewish Center

Hebrew High/Morashah

This year, class will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:15 pm with Rabbi Mendelson.  At 6:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to hang out and have a light dinner, followed by class from 7:00-8:15 pm.

Wrestling with God

During class students will wrestle with questions concerning God. Whether it is the image of God that they have been taught, or believed since they were young children, or a new god-image they are beginning to develop as they learn more about the world around them, their religion and their own personal beliefs.

The focus of this course is not on defining God, but rather, defining each person’s image of their god. This God could be the God of the Torah or an entirely different concept of God. This is not a class where the students are taught to, but rather a class where the students teach with the instructor and each other. We can all learn from each other and our life experience will only be enriched by the ability to nurture open minds and open hearts.

B’reisheet—The Book of Genesis

As we explore the book of Genesis, students will develop personal connections with the biblical texts (the stories, the characters, and values) and will be encouraged and empowered to explore their own meanings for the text, recognizing the personal meaning and significance of their own interpretations, while integrating the insights of previous generations.

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Trip to the Religious Action Center (open to all of PJC’s 9th through 12th graders)

Are you ready to change the world? PJC’s high school students and senior youth group are participating in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar.  You will have the opportunity to impact our political process as you share your views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. The program is designed to both expose you to a variety of public policy issues and explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy around these issues.

By the end of the weekend, you will have the knowledge and tools to write an effective, persuasive and passionate speech on a topic of your choice to present when you visit the offices of your Senators and Representatives on the Monday of the program. Lobbying a Member of Congress is a unique experience that very few Americans take advantage of and one that can have a significant impact on the course of legislation. After meeting with students who have participated in the L’Taken Program, Members of Congress have chosen to co-sponsor, offer amendments to and vote for pieces of legislation that participants discussed.

Along with participants (approx. 250 high school students) from other Reform congregations around the country, we will also take advantage of the vast opportunities available in our nation’s Capitol by visiting the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Mall and celebrating Havdallah at the Jefferson Memorial. And, all the while, you will have the chance to meet and mingle with Reform Jews from across the United States, all of whom are in D.C. for the same reason that you are—to pursue tikkun olam.

See the RAC’s Top Ten Reason’s to attend the L’Taken Seminar:   http://www.buzzfeed.com/shiramz/top-10-reasons-to-attend-the-racs-ltaken-seminar-vk2s

Dates:  TBD (we will leave in the afternoon so that students can attend most of their classes on Friday and will return in the evening on Monday)

Cost: $700 includes program fee, hotel and travel, most meals (Finanacial assistance is available)

Please e-mail Rabbi Mendelson (rabbi@portjewishcenter.org) and let her know if you are interested ASAP!  There are a limited number of spaces available.

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