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  • 1. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! KULANU THE CINCINNATI REFORM JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL 1Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 2. ! ! ! ! ! kulanu means all of us ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! a way of helping the student see that they are not alone and are supported on this journey 2 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 3. ! WHY USE THE IMAGE OF A MOUNTAIN CLIMB? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! To help a student succeed through a 4 year program is not unlike assisting a mountain climber. They need support, the right tools and motivating guides. Our KULANU community is here to help each student to successfully traverse this journey at each point in their climb. 3Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 4. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Kulanuʼs goal…! ! ! ! ! ! !To providea meaningful and challenging journey for each student.We do this through dialogue, discovery and exploration,so that every student begins to establishtheir own personal Jewish identityas foundation for the rest of their lives.Our goal for each student upon reachingthe summit of graduation is tohead out into the worldclear, strong, invested and articulateabout who s/he is as a Jew. 4Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 5. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Kulanu is a journey.! ! ! ! ! ! ! A student’s journey goes through several stages, each with its process and set of core tools to learn. In this journey, we use the metaphor of a mountain climb Summit Graduation HINENI The Students are the climbers The Teachers and Rabbis are the guides The Board, Staff, and Families are the Support Team 12th Grade Throughout the journey… At each level (camp), a student climber gets: 11th grade • Core tools- skills, knowledge they’ll use going forward • Confidence- in their learning, identity, accomplishment • Development- academically, emotionally, spiritually • Gradual Acclimation- through the thoughtful and careful absorption 10th grade and integration of their learning thus far through reflection and application to then build from as they climb on 9th grade 5Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 6. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Culmination- HINENI Here I am: Who I Am as a Jew! ! ! ! ! ! !At the end of our senior year, each Kulanu graduate will presentHineni “Here I am!”1. Through our curriculum, a possible retreat and process- time will be createdto develop and to reflect on prompts, so a student will have the opportunity tocreate their personal statement & expression.2. Then, each student has the opportunity to stand before the community and present the following:• I am… and I am a Jew.• What I believe as a Jew is… • difference I want to make in the world • what I believe in • what I’m committed to• I’m going to express this in the world andmy life by…3. Presentation can be accompanied bypersonal expression of theirstatement, which could include:• multimedia• art• writing• photography• movement• music• project (creation of a organization ) 6Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 7. At the end of their trek a Kulanu grad will have ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !in their backpack... When one climbs they carry the tools they need in a backpack. Basic Tools in Seminars At Kulanu this backpack represents the skills, topics and experiences Jewish Peoplehood each student will receive over 4 " The Jewish Community and our local years with us. " experience" " The Diaspora & the Role of Israel " Jews supporting Jews, Israel and the world " Defending & Supporting Israel in College " & Beyond Reform Judaism Reform 101- " Reform in relation to other movements " Tough Choices Social Activism- " Who I am as a Reform Jew- " Why Stay Reform? God and Spirituality Images of God- Why God? Spirituality vs. Religion God & the Jews- Covenant Communal Practices God as the Impetus for Social Change & Spiritual Activism My God-Personal Theology and Tools Covered in Electives Personal Spiritual Practices • Ability to articulate what Judaism is and means to me as a priority • Understanding of Jewish Christian relationsTorah/Sacred Texts • Flashpoint education on Basic Torah • Christmas" Living the Torah Middot/Values, • Jesus Jews as Ethical People- Social Justice • Personal Relationship to God Finding Relevance in Torah & • Hebrew Bible vs Christian Scriptures" Ethics for College & Life Decisions • Anti-Semitism 7 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 8. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! !Kulanuʼs Thread Curriculum Model = God & Spirituality Throughout 9th-12th grade, Kulanu’s key topics, themes, values, ethics, text, history, = Reform Judaism personal practice are reinforced and layered along the journey. = Torah/Sacred Texts In the design of our program, they are = Jewish Peoplehood woven through curriculum as threads... 9th Grade Elective Confirmation Elective 11th Grade Elective HINENI Elective Seminar Seminar 12TH Grade Seminar 8Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 9. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! !Schedule for classes 1st Bell 2nd Bell 9th Seminar 9th-10th Elective 10th 10th GradeConfirmation 9th-10th Elective 11th 11th-12th Elective Seminar 12th 11th-12th Elective HINENI 9Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 10. The Kulanu curriculum is a path. A student’s learning journey goes through several stages, each one building on the learning of the last, gaining! layers !of confidence, insight and mastery. Each! successive ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! seminar builds upon the previous year. Enduring Understandings Enduring Understandings Enduring Understandings Enduring Understandings • We are part of a greater Jewish community • Confidence and pride in being Reform • My relationship with God is ever-evolving • Torah is relevant in my life. & world community • Internalization and personal • God is central to the Jewish experience • Jewish values are important to Summit/Graduation • We have a responsibility for the success • Ability to explain Reform • Being in relation with God helps me take me. Hineni and longevity of Israel of the Jewish people • importance of values and role of Reform responsibility in the world • My personal ethics are aligned • My individual role as a Jew is critical for the • what do Reform Jews feel about…? • I can have my own personal relationship with Judaism. future of Judaism & Israel with God in Judaism • I understand what the Torah • Spirituality is part of being Jewish represents and its content. • I have begun my own personal spiritual practice Defending & Supporting Israel in Who I am as a Finding Relevance in 12th College & Beyond- My God- Synthesis… Reform Jew- Personal Theology Torah & How Iʼm going to own it, be it our relationship with Reform Pride Ethics for College & and live it in the world Personal Spiritual Practices Israel Life Decisions Judaism and Israel in 11th Action God as the Impetus for Torah is a Tikkun Olam Reform Means Blueprint for How can Judaism help Taking Action Change and Needs me Action out in the world? to help make it 10th All Israel is Where it fits in the world- Tough Choices God & the Jews- Covenant Living the Torah Responsible for Communal Practices Middot/Values, The content in perspective One Another Practice Basic Understanding9th Community Reform 101- God , Spirituality and Religion Basic Torah and distinctions vs.Individual in relation to other movements Jewish Reform God &Peoplehood Torah/Sacred Texts Judaism Spirituality 10 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 11. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Breakdown by Thread- Jewish Peoplehood! ! ! ! ! ! ! Enduring Understandings by Graduation • We are part of a greater Jewish community & world community • We have a responsibility for the success and longevity of Israel of the Jewish people • My individual role as a Jew is critical for the future of Judaism & Israel Defending & Supporting • Israel advocacy in college and beyond 12th Israel in College & • Discovering the truth behind Israel; Israel mythbusting Beyond- our relationship with Israel 11th Judaism and Israel • Coming home from Israel how do I connect to others and my community in Action • How we can be a helpful partner to Israel 10th All Jews are • Diversity in the world Jewish community responsible for • The need for a homeland; Zionism 101 each other • What does it mean to be a member of the Jewish community9th Community vs Individual • What are my connection to other Jews • Minority vs Majority where do we stand as a Jewish people Courses Grade Level Goals 11Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 12. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Breakdown by Thread- Reform Judaism! ! ! ! ! ! ! Enduring Understandings • Confidence and pride in Reform Judaism • Internalization and personal • Ability to explain Reform • importance of values and role of Reform • what do Reform Jews feel about…? 12th • Clear understanding of how Reform fits in my life forward as a Reform Pride modern Jew • Importance of having a vibrant Reform community and my role in creating/sustaining it 11th • Reform Judaism’s role in Tikkun Olam Reform Means • Our responsibility as Reform Jews to social activism Taking Action 10th Tough Choices • Relevancy of Reform Judaism • How Reform Judaism can help us make decisions9th Reform 101 • Distinctions between Reform and other movements • Importance of Progressive Judaism Courses Grade Level Goals 12Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 13. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Breakdown by Thread- Torah & Sacred Texts! ! ! ! ! ! ! Enduring Understandings by Graduation • Torah is relevant in my life. • Jewish values are important to me. • My personal ethics are aligned with Judaism. • I understand what the Torah represents and its content. Finding Relevance in 12th Torah & • Torah as a guide for life and choices Ethics for College & • My personal relationship with Torah Life Decisions 11th Torah is a • Torah as a blueprint for ethical decisions Blueprint for • Our responsibility to social justice as Jews Action 10th Living the Torah Middot/Values, • The role of Reform Responsa and Torah in my life Practice • Jewish values in action9th Basic Torah • Who’s who in the Torah • Basic text: Torah, Mishnah, Talmud & Midrash Courses Grade Level Goals 13Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 14. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Breakdown by Thread- God & Spirituality! ! ! ! ! ! ! Enduring Understandings by Graduation • My relationship with God is ever-evolving • God is central to the Jewish experience • Being in relation with God helps me take responsibility in the world • I can have my own personal relationship with God in Judaism • Spirituality is part of being Jewish • I have begun my own personal spiritual practice 12th My God- • Asking big questions and searching for answers Personal Theology • Establishing a personal path of prayer, spiritual practice & relationship Personal Spiritual Practices with God 11th od as the Impetus for Change and Needs me • God’s partner in the world to help make it • B’Tzelem Elohim: In God’s image 10th God & the Jews- Covenant • The Jewish God as distinct Communal Practices • The Covenant between God & the Jews • Role of prayer: communicating with God9th Images of God- Why God? • Distinctions and commonalities between Spirituality & Religion Spirituality vs. Religion • Exposure to and exploration of different images of God Courses Grade Level Goals 14Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 15. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! !Enduring Understandings• My relationship with God is ever-evolving• God is central to the Jewish experience• Being in relation with God helps me take responsibility in the world• I can have my own personal relationship UNIT 1 with God in Judaism• Spirituality is part of being Jewish• I have begun my own personal spiritual practiceEnduring Understandings• Confidence and pride in Reform Judaism PROJECT FOR HINENI Internalization and personal• UNIT 2 HINENI• Ability to explain Reform• importance of values and role of Reform• what do Reform Jews feel about…? UNIT 5Enduring Understandings• We are part of a greater Jewish community & world community• We have a responsibility for the success and longevity of Israel of the Jewish people UNIT 3• My individual role as a Jew is critical for the future of Judaism & IsraelEnduring Understandings• Torah is relevant in my life.• Jewish values are important to me. UNIT 4• My personal ethics are aligned with Judaism.• I understand what the Torah represents and its content. 15Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 16. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Possible curriculum topics for 9th grade seminar Thread- Jewish Peoplehood Reform Judaism Torah & Sacred Texts God & Spirituality Community vs Individual Reform 101 Basic Torah Images of GodWhat does it mean to be a people? Why change? An early history Our Story -Torah where did it come from? Personal thoughts what have we learned in religious school What is religion and why did it evolve?Religion vs. Peoplehood Other strands of Judaism -where we fit in Torah Jeopardy- 20 things you should know Religion vs Spirituality a working definitionConnection to other Jews Models of the Divine in JudaismMinority/Majority American Jewish Experience What is Mishnah Midrash and Talmud? Relationship with God Talking-Prayer-musicThe complexities of Chosenness Basic principles of Reform Judaism Is the Torah divinely inspired? Faith vs Reason What we believe an argument and exploration and how it makes us who we are.Threats to community Reform pride Making the Text Come Alive PARDES Can I feel connected to God A progressive voice -dealing with problems today Other’s opinions Hearing other’s opinions panel • The role of the individual and Jewish • Distinctions between Reform and other • Basic Torah • Distinctions and commonalities between community movements • Basic text: Torah, Mishnah, Talmud & Spirituality & Religion • Connections to other Jews and • Importance of Progressive Judaism Midrash • Exposure to and exploration of different experiencing the spectrum of Jewish life images of God • Dangers and joys of being a community of • Staring to think about a relationship with Jews God 16 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 17. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Community vs Individual Reform 101 ! ! Basic !Torah ! ! ! Images of God By the end of the 9th grade year a Kulanu student will be able:• To identify the role of the individual and of the Jewish • To understand the distinctions community between Reform and other• To learn of the importance of movements connections to other Jews • To understand the importance and experiencing the of the role of Progressive spectrum of Jewish life Judaism and where it began.• To identify and learn of the dangers and joys of being a community of Jews • To discuss the distinctions• To have an understanding of and commonalities between Basic Torah facts Spirituality & Religion• To identify and discuss the • To have a basic exposure to differences and roles of, and exploration of different Mishnah, Talmud & Midrash images of God • To begin to explore a personal relationship with God Kulanu, 4.29.10 GOALS 17
  • 18. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Possible curriculum topics for 10th grade seminar Confirmation Thread- Jewish Peoplehood Reform Judaism Torah & Sacred Texts God & Spirituality All Israel is responsible for one What we believe and Responsa Living the Torah middotvalues and God and the Jews Covenant another practiceUniversal vs. particular Responsa for Reform Jews Issues raised in Torah Why do we need our own version? The Shema and one GodDiversity in Am Yisrael Tough Choices and good answers Rules and why they are there A mutual relationship or not -covenant and GodPride and Shame for the Jewish Daily problems need progressive Judaism and itʼs The ten commandments or suggestions? openess A covenant made must not be broken or can it?peopleJewish Geography Helping others make good decisions a model to Laws from Torah that helped form our modern Sitting down with God- a spiritual dialogue other Jews and Non Jews JUSTICE SYSTEMAmerica and Israel Reform has been taking stands on... Reading of Torah from progressive vantage - Does God listen? Being a modern Jew personal prayer and faith • Outside the land, Jews throughout the • Relevancy of Reform Judaism • The role of Reform Responsa and Torah in • The Jewish God and our expectations world • How Reform Judaism can help us make my life • The Covenant between God & the Jews • The need for a homeland; Zionism 101 decisions • Jewish values in action • Role of personal prayer: communicating with God 18 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 19. ! All Israel is responsible for one Living the Torah middot ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! What we believe Responsa God and the Jews Covenant! another values and practice ! ! ! ! ! ! By the end of the 10th grade year a Kulanu student will be able:• To identify and appreciate the • To identify the roles of Reform presence of Jews throughout Responsa and Torah in their the world lives• To understand the need for • To understand the concepts Israel of commandments and laws• To understand and be in Jewish text exposed to the challenges of • To explore the relevancy of being a “Jewish”people Torah and text in modern legal• To explore the relationship justice between American Jews and • To experience the freedom Israel in its many complexities and power offered by a modern reading of our texts • To be aware of the process of • To understand the role and Reform Responsum development of the Jewish • To experience how Reform God Judaism can help us make • To explore the Covenant decisions between God & the Jews • To understand the issues that • To examine the role of Reform Judaism has taken personal prayer: and other stands on methods of communicating with GodKulanu, 4.29.10 GOALS 19
  • 20. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Possible curriculum topics for 11th grade seminar Thread- Jewish Peoplehood Reform Judaism Torah & Sacred Texts God & Spirituality Judaism in Action Reform Jews make a difference Jews as Ethical People- My God Justice Seekers Personal Theology and Practice Spiritual ActivismWhat connects us to Israel? What is Tikkun Olam Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof -are we commanded to be B’tzelem Elohim just?Coming Home Caretakers of our world Prophets of oldBack from Israel Who needs us to help? prophets of now Seeing God in othersA different perspectiveHow Israel helps heal the world Teva Righting wrongs in our country Environmental Protectors and Advocates Heschel and others God needs us to finish God’s works.Israel projects we can support The Torah tells us so... Our community as a model of justice. God helps me fight for change A prophetic missionAfter I have gone what is my relationship now to A Jewish voice in politics Part of the solution a project of Justice Turning to God in difficult timesIsrael and what will it become? Adonai Li v’Lo Ira God is with me and I shall not Fear• Coming home from Israel how do I • Reform Judaism’s role in Tikkun Olam • Torah as a blueprint for ethical • God’s partner in the world connect to others and my community • Our responsibility as reform Jews to social decisions • B’Tzelem Elohim: In God’s image• How we can be a helpful partner to Israel activism • Our responsibility to social justice as Jews 20 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 21. Judaism in Action Reform Jews make a difference Jews as Ethical People- My God! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Personal Theology! and Practice ! ! ! Justice Seekers! ! ! ! ! ! ! Spiritual Activism By the end of the 11th grade year a Kulanu student will be able: • To understand the connection • To understand the Torah as between the student and a blueprint for ethical Israel decisions • To learn how to share and • To understand our relate Israel to their responsibility to social community. justice as Jews • To see how Israel is at the • To know about the role of forefront of providing aid to the prophetic voice both in countries all over the globe the Tanakh and in modern • To understand the need to times have a relationship with Israel • To see how our community after they have returned to the can be a model of Justice United States • To start to explore being • To understand the importance God’s partner in the world of and a working definition of • To understand the concept Tikkun Olam and importance of B’Tzelem • To express our responsibility Elohim: Being created in as Reform Jews to care for God’s image the environment and those in • To see how one can engage need with God in difficult times • To discuss the importance of Torah in the search for healing the world. GOALS 21Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 22. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Possible curriculum topics for Hineni 12th grade seminar Thread- Jewish Peoplehood Reform Judaism Torah & Sacred Texts God & SpiritualityDefending & Supporting Israel in College Finding Relevance in Torah & God as the Impetus for Reform Pride Social Change & Spiritual Activism & Beyond Our relationship with Israel Ethics for Life Decisions Spiritual ActivismHow Israel is portrayed in the media Positive contributions of Reform Judaism Drugs sex and rock and roll GOD a discussion -what do you believe?Campus misinformation Helping shape policy from a Reform perspective Drugs sex and rock and roll part II Big Questions 1 From Creation to the afterlife and back again?Realistic support Giving back to my community Living Torah’s lessons in college Big Questions 2 From Creation to the afterlife and back again?Why Israel is important to us in the US? Relevancy and Reform Great sayings that come from the Torah Personal relationship with God what does that mean?How to keep connected to Israel in college? HILLEL can be for Reform Jews Creating a Jewish space at school Spirituality at college • Torah as a guide for life and choices • Asking big questions and searching for • Israel advocacy in college and beyond • Clear understanding of how Reform fits in • My personal Torah answers • Discovering the truth behind Israel; Israel my life forward as a modern Jew • Establishing personal path of spiritual mythbusting • Importance of having a vibrant Reform practice & relationship with God community and my role in creating/ sustaining it 22 Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 23. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! !Enduring Understandings enduring understandings Enduring Understandings• We are part of a greater Jewish community • Torah is relevant in my life. & world community • Jewish values are important to• We have a responsibility for the success me. and longevity of Israel of the Jewish people • My personal ethics are aligned• My individual role as a Jew is critical for the with Judaism. future of Judaism & Israel • I understand what the Torah represents and its content. Enduring Understandings • My relationship with God is ever-evolving Enduring Understandings • God is central to the Jewish experience • Confidence and pride in being Reform • Being in relation with God helps me take • Internalization and personal responsibility in the world • Ability to explain Reform • I can have my own personal relationship • importance of values and role of Reform with God in Judaism • what do Reform Jews feel about…? • Spirituality is part of being Jewish • I have begun my own personal spiritual practice 23Kulanu, 4.29.10
  • 24. ! PARDES METHOD OF CURRICULUM ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! Our students are becoming young adults who are capable of making choices about their personal learning styles. Recognizing the need for choice we have created a classroom model that allows for 4 different learning modalities centered around one main topic each week Each seminar will presented by a team of teachers who will search for the connection point for each student. Using the concept of traditional study called PARDES we will have a team of 4 teachers work on a subject for class creating 4 separate options for the students. There will be 5 minute presentation of topic followed by a 40 minute class PSHAT Text study on topic REMEZ Connection to modern life using responsa DRASH Creative exploration of topic through modern culture such as art, music, literature,and film SOD 24Kulanu, 4.29.10 Creation of rituals often spiritual in nature
  • 25. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! CHOICES Seminar team structure team leader and team will meet about topic for following week. then will create opening exercise and planning to divide into 4 teams 1! ! ! 2 3 4 SOD PSHAT REMEZ DRASH WILL CREATE WILL CREATE WILL CREATE WILL CREATE 40 MINUTE 40 MINUTE 40 MINUTE 40 MINUTE LESSON LESSON LESSON WHICH LESSON WHICH WHICH USES WHICH USES USES USES SPIRITUAL TEXT STUDY RESPONSA CREATIVE EXPLORATION AS CENTRAL AND EXPLORATION AS CENTRAL ACTIVITY CONNECTION OF TOPIC ACTIVITY TO MODERN THROUGH 25 LIFE AS MULTI MEDIAKulanu, 4.29.10 CENTRAL AS CENTRAL ACTIVITY ACTIVITY

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