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Israel
Yigdal Yadin 47/52 

Modi'in, Israel, 7171607

Tel: +972 52-773-5224

United States

2501 Hal Circle

Baltimore, MD 21209

Tel: +1 (732) 572-6575

Fax: +1 (410) 510-1202

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All Judaic Studies courses can be designed to fit both the learning needs and the educational/religious values of your school/students.

 

Tanakh/Bible:

Bonim B’Yachad offers courses in all areas of Torah, Nevi'im, and Ketuvim. Based on your curricular needs, courses can be designed to focus on one specific book/topic, or on general themes. Our educational staff will work with you to create the course that meets your needs. Courses currently being offered include Sefer Shemot, Yehoshua/Shoftim. Shmuel, Trei-Asar, Iyov, and more. Tanakh courses focus on strengthening the students’ textual skills, and also familiarize the students with early and modern day commentaries.

Grades: 4 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

 

Parshat HaShavua:

Students will learn about the weekly Torah portion and how the week’s stories can be applied to modern times. Part of the class time will be spent analyzing parts of the text, while some of the class time will also be devoted to exploring more global themes and ideas. The students in this course will always have new insights to share with their families at the Shabbat table.

Grades: 4 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

 

Gemara/Talmud:

Bonim B’Yachad Talmud courses can be based either on your existing curriculum or on a course of study that we create together. Students enrolled in a Bonim B’Yachad Talmud course will learn how to analyze and “dissect” the text and how to better understand the discussions being presented. Students will also become familiar with both early and more modern commentaries. Courses currently being offered include Mesekhet Shabbat, Mesekhet Megilah, Mesekhet Bava Metzia, as well as more generally themed Gemara based courses such as “Being a Good Person” and “21st Century Shabbat.”

Grades: 8 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

 

Mishnayot:

Students enrolled in Bonim B’Yachad Mishnayot courses will learn to identify the various opinions in the mishnah and to derive the Halakhot from the Mishna. Teachers and students will explore key Talmudic terminology. Classes study historical elements as well as content. The students will be introduced to both early and modern commentaries. The students will also be introduced to “Chavruta” based learning and will participate in several interactive and “hands on” activities.

Grades: 5 - 8

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

 

Jewish History Survey:

In this course, students will learn about the major events of Jewish history starting with the second Temple and ending with the birth of the State of Israel. The course is divided into units which focus on important events in each time period. In addition to studying historical events, students will also learn how past events have influenced modern times. The students will analyze both primary and secondary sources, and will work with a great deal of multimedia materials to gain a better understanding of the various events and time periods.

Grades: 7 - 12

Length: This is a full year course.

 

Modern Jewish History:

In this course, students will learn in-depth about the major events of Jewish history starting with the Rambam and continuing to modern times. The class will focus on the events which have shaped our religion and culture. The students will analyze both primary and secondary sources, and will work with a great deal of multimedia materials to gain a better understanding of the various events and time periods.

Grades: 8 - 12

Length: This is a full year course

 

Zionism:

Theodor Herzl’s dream of a Jewish homeland did not begin in 1948. In this course, students will learn about Herzl’s vision and the events that eventually lead to the creation of the Jewish state. The students will examine issues from several different viewpoints and will discuss some of the reasons why so many people were against the Zionist ideas. The students will analyze both primary and secondary sources, and will work with a great deal of multimedia materials to gain a better understanding of the various events that took place.

Grades: 8 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

 

Israeli Politics:

While geographically, Israel may be a small country, the Israeli government has at times been referred to as the “Wild West” due to the controversies and political disagreements that have taken place over the years. Today, issues such as the economy, peace talks, and relations between the religious and secular populations continue to make headlines. In this class, students will learn about how the Israeli Knesset is chosen, and about the roles of each political party in the government. The students will hear from special presenters representing a broad spectrum of current issues.

Grades: 8 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

Advanced Holocaust Studies:

Most students have learned about the basic facts leading up to and taking place during the Holocaust. In this course though, students will go beyond the basics and will study the Holocaust from different and more in-depth perspectives. Units will include the role of the youth, rebellions and uprisings, SS Propaganda, and more. Thanks to a partnership with some of Yad Vashem’s leading Holocaust experts, students will have access to materials and testimonies that are not generally available to students. This course will include difficult subject matter and media. It is only recommended for older students.

Grades: 11 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

Introduction to Tanya:

Regardless of each family's traditions, the Tanya can be a guide for all Jews. Written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of Chabad, Tanya is the central text of Chabad Chassidism. Its stated aim is to show a path to realizing one's purpose and developing a deeper relationship with God. Students will be introduced to some of the highlights and main ideas of this book. The students will discuss how the ideas can be applied to today's modern times.

Grades: 9 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

Machshevet Yisrael:

In this course students will meet some of the classic Jewish thinkers and study excerpts of their writings pertaining to topics such as Faith and Redemption, Prayer, and Reward and Punishment. The course is designed to challenge the students to start to ponder these issues and introduce them to the various strains of thought that very much influence the contemporary community. Students will study both early and modern source materials.

Grades: 9 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

Modern Halakha:

Sometimes, students can experience a disconnect between laws in the Torah and modern times. In this class, students will examine contemporary issues in Halakha such as Kashrut, Shabbat, technology, organ donation, and more. The students will trace each topic from the Torah, and will explore how the modern poskim have addressed the issues. Students will be surprised at how many of the issues in modern times are actually addressed in early sources in Halakha.

Grades: 8 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in either one or two semesters.

Taharat HaMishpakha/Family Purity:

This is a subject that can often be “taboo” or uncomfortable. Yet, it is an important part of Jewish observance and life. Students in this class will learn about the general laws surrounding this issue and about the practical effects that they can have in today’s society. The students will study text based sources and will also analyze today’s Jewish relationship. In addition, the students will also learn about customs pertaining to Jewish marriage. We recommend that this course should not be offered to a co-ed group of students. A single gender environment will encourage more discussion, and will enable the teacher to focus the materials as they pertain to each gender.

Grades: 11 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in one or two semesters.

Jewish Life-cycles:

Judaism is full of traditions and customs that have become part of our identity as a nation. Many however, do not truly understand the reasons for these important events. In this course, students will learn about some of the most important milestones in Jewish life including Brit Mila, Bar/Bat Mitzvot, marriage, etc. Through discussions, text analysis, and hands-on projects, students will gain a deeper appreciation of our important life-cycle events.

Grades: 6 - 12

Length: This course can be offered in one or two semesters.