Midrasha: Jewish Learning for Teens

2024 Midrasha Courses

Midrasha Electives
Spring 2024 electives registration has ended.

Midrasha Mini-Classes

INSTRUCTORS: Earl Samuels and Nina Schwartz
Mini-class, 3 sessions. Dates TBA
Big Money and Loose Talk
The power of money and of words—to disrupt, mislead, protest, influence, aid—is enormous. Both can be used to bring people together or to separate them, to harm or to heal. Jewish history is filled with examples. In this course we grapple with current dilemmas arising from the social power of wealth and of words, as we reflect on our own experience as members of communities where money talks, and so do we.

INSTRUCTORS: Earl Samuels and Nina Schwartz
Mini-class, 3 sessions. Dates TBA
Insiders, Outsiders: What Does it Take to Belong in Jewish Life?
Throughout our history some Jews have been seen as “outside the pale”—not fully part of the Jewish people, though—no surprise—the reasons have changed. Let’s explore together what makes a community a Jewish community: Where do its boundaries lie, and where should they? At the center of our reflections are two case histories: the dissolution of the Jewish community of North Minneapolis, and the troubling clash of two Jews from Minnesota over a seat in the Senate. They both foreshadow disturbing challenges in our own community today.

Hebrew Classes
Spring 2024 class registration has ended.