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Learning, Leadership, Mentorship and More:

Your J2Gether Yearlong Program

Learning, Leadership, Mentorship and More:

Your J2Gether Yearlong Program

Learning, Leadership, Mentorship and More:

Your J2Gether Yearlong Program

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and @akiva are proud to offer J2Gether – an opportunity for Jewish Clevelanders to learn, mentor, and grow together. 

J2Gether 2020-21: Physically Distant, Socially Connected

J2Gether has a track for everyone!

 J2Gether: Learning – Pick your topic, and learn at your own pace with a mentor. You’ll have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course. All courses are 3 – 4 sessions long, and are a chance for you to delve into Jewish content, leadership, and connection building. 

J2Gether Learning is geared towards 3th – 12th graders.

J2Gether: Homework Helpers – With social distancing and hybrid and virtual school, we know that sometimes it’s great to have a buddy ready to help with your homework. Through this version of J2Gether, our youngest students will be paired with high school + college aged mentors to assist with homework, check in, and learn together.

J2Gether Homework Helpers is geared towards 3rd – 8th graders.

Ori Arnon

Shin Shin

Ido Margalit

Shin Shin

Avigail Hadar

Former Shin Shinit

Ariel Lawton

High School Student

Adam Kahn

Gap Year Student

…and J2gether is also about teen leadership! – Take your learning to the next level by participating in a training workshop focusing on facilitation and program leadership, and put it into practice by becoming a mentor yourself. Leadership participants will have the chance to work with students in grades 3 – 7, putting into practice all of the skills and knowledge of J2Gether. At the completion of the training + one round of facilitation, you will receive a stipend. 

J2Gether Leadership is geared towards 10th – 12th graders and college students.

 
 
For more information, please reach out to

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and @akiva are proud to offer J2Gether – an opportunity for Jewish Clevelanders to learn, mentor, and grow together. 

J2Gether 2020-21: Physically Distant, Socially Connected 

J2Gether has a track for everyone!

J2Gether: Learning – Pick your topic, and learn at your own pace with a mentor. You’ll have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course. All courses are 3 – 4 sessions long, and are a chance for you to delve into Jewish content, leadership, and connection building. 

J2Gether Learning is geared towards 3th – 12th graders. 

J2Gether: Homework Helpers – With social distancing and hybrid and virtual school, we know that sometimes it’s great to have a buddy ready to help with your homework. Through this version of J2Gether, our youngest students will be paired with high school + college aged mentors to assist with homework, check in, and learn together.

J2Gether Homework Helpers is geared towards 3rd – 8th graders.

…and J2gether is also about teen leadership! – Take your learning to the next level by participating in a training workshop focusing on facilitation and program leadership, and put it into practice by becoming a mentor yourself. Leadership participants will have the chance to work with students in grades 3 – 7, putting into practice all of the skills and knowledge of J2Gether. At the completion of the training + one round of facilitation, you will receive a stipend. 

J2Gether Leadership is geared towards 10th – 12th graders and college students.

For more information, please reach out to

Ori Arnon

Shin Shin

Ido Margalit

Shin Shin

Avigail Hadar

Former Shin Shinit

Ariel Lawton

High School Student

Adam Kahn

Gap Year Student

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and @akiva are proud to offer J2Gether – an opportunity for Jewish Clevelanders to learn, mentor, and grow together. 

J2Gether 2020-21: Physically Distant, Socially Connected 

J2Gether has a track for everyone!

J2Gether: Learning – Pick your topic, and learn at your own pace with a mentor. You’ll have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course. All courses are 3 – 4 sessions long, and are a chance for you to delve into Jewish content, leadership, and connection building. 

J2Gether Learning is geared towards 3th – 12th graders. 

J2Gether: Homework Helpers – With social distancing and hybrid and virtual school, we know that sometimes it’s great to have a buddy ready to help with your homework. Through this version of J2Gether, our youngest students will be paired with high school + college aged mentors to assist with homework, check in, and learn together.

J2Gether Homework Helpers is geared towards 3rd – 8th graders.

…and J2gether is also about teen leadership! – Take your learning to the next level by participating in a training workshop focusing on facilitation and program leadership, and put it into practice by becoming a mentor yourself. Leadership participants will have the chance to work with students in grades 3 – 7, putting into practice all of the skills and knowledge of J2Gether. At the completion of the training + one round of facilitation, you will receive a stipend. 

J2Gether Leadership is geared towards 10th – 12th graders and college students.

For more information, please reach out to Tina Keller or Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath

Ori Arnon

Shin Shin

Ido Margalit

Shin Shin

Avigail Hadar

Former Shin Shinit

Ariel Lawton

High School Student

Adam Kahn

Gap Year Student

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Topics To Explore With J2Gether:

(Click on the topics bottoms below to see all the courses offered)

Topics To Explore With J2Gether:

(Click on the topics below to see all the courses offering)

Our Team Recommendations

Hebrew

Have you ever wanted to learn Hebrew? Study spoken Hebrew at your own pace, and learn how to communicate with Israelis and Jews from around the world. This isn't your typical language class - it's designed around your interests, and will have you speaking Hebrew from the first day!

Jewish/Israeli Films Festival

Put some extra meaning into your next Netflix binge. Watch some of Israel's modern and classic movies and TV shows and discover how Israel is portrayed through the camera lens.

The Land of Israel: A Virtual Deep Dive into Cities, Sites, Borders, and Waters

This course is a chance to get virtually up close and personal with Israel. Explore the breadth and depth of the land with interactive looks into the shuk, the nitty gritty cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and the majestic nature of the desert, the Dead Sea, and the Golan Heights. Get to know the trails and sites of Israel, and their importance to Judaism, Islam, and global geopolitics. 

Fighting Anti-Semitism 101

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States and around the world. Explore its origins, how it manifests on the political right and the left, and what you can do to fight its spread. Explore the most effective tools for combatting Anti-Semitism online, in person, and in your community.

Intro to Jewish Social Justice

What is "Jewish Social Justice"? What does it mean to repair the world as Jews? What is the relationship between learning and action? Should we preference immediate needs or long-term impact? How can we prioritize among the variety of inequalities? Is our primary responsibility to our own community or the broader world? Does your desire for justice come from your relationship to Judaism or somewhere else? Through traditional and modern sources, we'll seek to understand what Jewish social justice is, and how it can guide our efforts to improve the world. *This course is offered in partnership with Project Zug

Judaism + Leadership

What does Judaism tell us about being leaders today? Do you think of yourself as a leader - and do you want to be one? Using Jewish history, texts, and stories, consider different models of leadership and how you can apply them in your life.

Israel and Hebrew

This series will focus on Israel, its history, society, culture, challenges, relationship to the diaspora Jews and the commotion to the Cleveland community.

Hebrew

Have you ever wanted to learn Hebrew? Study spoken Hebrew at your own pace, and learn how to communicate with Israelis and Jews from around the world. This isn't your typical language class - it's designed around your interests, and will have you speaking Hebrew from the first day!

My Israeli Story

This series will focus on Israeli culture and how we as American Jews connect with Israel. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their relationships with Israel through music, food, art, history, and shared values. They will engage in a process of telling the stories of their own developing relationships with Israel and their Jewish identities.

The Land of Israel: A Virtual Deep Dive into Cities, Sites, Borders, and Waters

This course is a chance to get virtually up close and personal with Israel. Explore the breadth and depth of the land with interactive looks into the shuk, the nitty gritty cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and the majestic nature of the desert, the Dead Sea, and the Golan Heights. Get to know the trails and sites of Israel, and their importance to Judaism, Islam, and global geopolitics. 

Exploring Israel’s Leaders

This class will introduce you to the who's who of Israel's iconic leaders, past and present. You'll learn about the actions, choices, and legacy of well known leaders, from David Ben Gurion to Yitzhak Rabin, as well as lesser known changemakers in fields from military to art to social entrepreneurship. You'll also get an overview of Israeli current events, and the leaders shaping the country today.

The Others in Israel

Did you know that 1 in 5 Israelis isn't Jewish? Israel is a diverse society, with Christians, Muslims, Druze, Bahai, and people of every other faith imaginable calling Israel home. Learn about the people you don't see in the headlines - what is it like to be a minority in the world's only Jewish State?

Jewish + Democratic = ?

We've heard that Israel is both a Jewish and a Democratic state. But what does that mean in practice? How does Israel balance its democratic values with Jewish sensibilities, and vice versa? Explore case studies ranging from issues of women's equality to LGBTQ inclusion, Shabbat, and the acceptance of refugees, and answer for yourself: is Israel both Jewish and democratic?

My Jewish/Israeli Food Experience

The best way to get to know Israel is through its food. The flavors of Israeli cuisine represent the diversity of the Israeli and Jewish people, with influences coming from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Learn about the importance of food culture in Israel, how Israeli food came to be, and make some of Israel's most iconic dishes in your own kitchen!

Israeli in My Ears: Music as a Window into Israeli Society

Using songs as lenses into Israeli culture and values, you'll learn some of the most iconic verses from Israeli folk songs, as well as modern rap, pop, and hip hop. What can you learn about a society through its greatest hits - and what do they mean to you? *No musical talent is required for this class. 

Jewish/Israeli Films Festival

Put some extra meaning into your next Netflix binge. Watch some of Israel's modern and classic movies and TV shows and discover how Israel is portrayed through the camera lens.

Understanding Israel through Graffiti

Israeli artists are known for using every medium imaginable to share their art with the world, and that includes public forums. Take a virtual graffiti tour of Israel, and see what the street art of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities tells us about the pressure points in Israeli society today.

Exploring Israel and its neighborhood

Dive deep into the map of Israel, focusing on its borders and relationship with its neighbors in what's known as a tough neighborhood of the world. Explore the historical roots of the Middle East, and how the changing lines on the map have led to today's conflicts, alliances, and status quo.

Israel Core Geopolitical Challenges

This is your chance to look at Israel and the Israeli-Arab Conflict through the lens of global politics. Think about how water, oil, and other natural resources impact the modern Middle East, and how Israel's conflicts with its neighbors are part of the larger story of global events.

Israel + STEM

Israel is known as the start-up nation. This is your opportunity to explore Israel's hi-tech scene. Learn about some of the innovations that put Israel on the map and that impact our world every day, and use your own skills to put Israel's STEM expertise to the test.

Krav Maga

Are you ready to kick it into high gear? In this interactive series, learn the foundations of self defense in a technique developed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Unleash your power as you learn the moves and skills of Krav Maga!

Israeli Dancing

This is your chance to look at Israel and the Israeli-Arab Conflict through the lens of global politics. Think about how water, oil, and other natural resources impact the modern Middle East, and how Israel's conflicts with its neighbors are part of the larger story of global events.

Leadership

This series will focus on what it means to be a leader from a Jewish perspective. It will include explorations of taking responsibility, delegating leadership, leading in public and in private, and what it means to be viewed as a leader. It’s meant for anyone who sees themselves as a leader, or who is interested in pursuing leadership within their community, now or in the future.

What Does it Mean to be in Community?

In the time of social distancing, what does it mean to be part of a community? Who is in yours, and what are your obligations as a community member? 

Who are we responsible for?

This series will focus on Jewish understandings of responsibility. Through the lens of the current circumstances of coronavirus and social distancing, you will explore personal responsibility, being part of a community, global responsibility, and what it means to be a part of and separate from those we are connected to. It will touch on tikkun olam, social justice, and principles of community organizing, and is great for anyone who is interested in activism and social action.

Judaism + Leadership

What does Judaism tell us about being leaders today? Do you think of yourself as a leader - and do you want to be one? Using Jewish history, texts, and stories, consider different models of leadership and how you can apply them in your life.

Fighting Anti-Semitism 101

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States and around the world. Explore its origins, how it manifests on the political right and the left, and what you can do to fight its spread. Explore the most effective tools for combatting Anti-Semitism online, in person, and in your community.

Art and Culture

This series is a way to explore Judaism through hands-on dives into the arts. Through reflection, projects on your own and with your mentor, and a unique learning platform, use your experiences to connect with your Judaism on your own terms.

My Jewish/Israeli Food Experience

The best way to get to know Israel is through its food. The flavors of Israeli cuisine represent the diversity of the Israeli and Jewish people, with influences coming from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Learn about the importance of food culture in Israel, how Israeli food came to be, and make some of Israel's most iconic dishes in your own kitchen!

Israeli in My Ears: Music as a Window into Israeli Society

Using songs as lenses into Israeli culture and values, you'll learn some of the most iconic verses from Israeli folk songs, as well as modern rap, pop, and hip hop. What can you learn about a society through its greatest hits - and what do they mean to you? *No musical talent is required for this class. 

Jewish/Israeli Films Festival

Put some extra meaning into your next Netflix binge. Watch some of Israel's modern and classic movies and TV shows and discover how Israel is portrayed through the camera lens.

Rapping Jewish Text

Turn traditional Jewish texts upside down and inside out as you create your own rap lyrics and tell your own Jewish stories through your songs.

Jewish Storytelling

Jewish history, values, and culture have been transmitted through stories for generations. Learn classic Jewish tales, and how to tell your own Jewish story in person and online.

The Photography Inside Us

Explore how photography tells the stories of the modern Jewish people. Then, take your camera/phone/device of choice and tell your own Jewish story to the world using your photography skills and storytelling capabilities.

Krav Maga

Are you ready to kick it into high gear? In this interactive series, learn the foundations of self defense in a technique developed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Unleash your power as you learn the moves and skills of Krav Maga!

Israeli Dancing

This is your chance to look at Israel and the Israeli-Arab Conflict through the lens of global politics. Think about how water, oil, and other natural resources impact the modern Middle East, and how Israel's conflicts with its neighbors are part of the larger story of global events.

Personal Development

This series is all about you. It’s a chance to delve into how your connection to Judaism and your personal identity intersect, and to do some self reflection + growth.  

Judaism + Self Care

In the time of social distancing, self care has become a hot topic. People are taking up new hobbies, exploring wellness, and getting crafty. On the other hand, it’s becoming easier than ever to stay in sweats, binge Netflix, and snack all day. This session will connect ancient Jewish traditions and modern self care practices. It’ll be a chance to explore cooking, crafting, meditation, and ways to make Jewish practices relevant and meaningful today.

My Jewish Journey

This is a chance to look inward and outward, and to reflect on your ongoing Jewish journey. Where have you come from? What is your family's relationship with Judaism? Where are you right now? Are you struggling? Content? Searching? And what are you looking towards - what do you envision for your Jewish future? Explore your personal past/present/future, and how you're shaping your own experiences? 

Everyday Moral Dilemmas

Wrestle with every day moral dilemmas, the sorts of which we each encounter all of the time in our lives, through the lens of traditional Jewish texts. In this course, we’ll consider questions like: "If and when is it okay to shame someone else for the sake of protecting another," and "Are there instances in which it is not only permissible to lie but in fact necessary?" *This course is offered in partnership with Project Zug

Intro to Jewish Social Justice

What is "Jewish Social Justice"? What does it mean to repair the world as Jews? What is the relationship between learning and action? Should we preference immediate needs or long-term impact? How can we prioritize among the variety of inequalities? Is our primary responsibility to our own community or the broader world? Does your desire for justice come from your relationship to Judaism or somewhere else? Through traditional and modern sources, we'll seek to understand what Jewish social justice is, and how it can guide our efforts to improve the world. *This course is offered in partnership with Project Zug

Tzedakah: The Jewish Approach to Giving

Why do you give? How does your Judaism affect your giving habits? This course will explore what Judaism has to say about the need to give charity: Who needs to give? How much should we give, and to whom? We will explore these issues together through traditional sources and modern answers. *This course is offered in partnership with Project Zug

Building Jewish Pluralism

Pluralism - This course will investigate pluralism as a value in Jewish life. We will study various dimensions of pluralism and its limits through both text and case studies, empowering participants to live in communities of diverse multiple Jewish identities. *This course is offered in partnership with Project Zug

Kabbalah

Did you know that Judaism has angels, demons, heaven, and hell? Explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition that looks at the connections between the world we live in and the worlds that we don't see. Look behind the curtain and Judaism's deepest secrets.

Jewish Mindfulness

This is your chance to explore Judaism and mindfulness. Experience different traditions of meditation, introspection, and personal development by trying out different meditation and mindfulness techniques. Make your life more intentional and meaningful today.

History

This series will give you a chance to learn Jewish history in a way you never would have in school. Go beneath the surface and explore the nitty-gritty of topics that interest you, and learn how they continue to impact the world today. 

The Holocaust: Understanding the History and the Impact

The Holocaust saw the murder of 6 million Jews, and the systematic destruction of European Jewry. The reverberations are still being felt today, but at the same time, we see an increase in Holocaust denial and the weaponization of the legacy of the Holocaust in modern Anti-Semitism. Learn about the legacy of the Holocaust, and its impact on the world. 

The Aftermath - Stories of Survivals

As Jewish teens, you are part of the last generation that will hear the stories of the Holocaust directly from those who survived it. This course will delve into the legacies of survivors, including direct testimony, stories of miraculous events during the War, and what happened afterwards. Come to hear inspirational stories directly from those who lived through one of the darkest periods in world history.

The Aftermath - The World response to the Holocaust

Explore the Holocaust through the lens of global geopolitics. How did countries and leaders respond during the war, and how have different players dealt with the aftermath?

The Holocaust: Lessons from the destruction of the German Democracy

What can we learn from the story of Germany and the Holocaust, and how can we apply it to the state of democracy in the US and around the world today?

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