Message From Director of Jewish Life and Learning
Rabbi Jeremy Litton, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

We are off to a great start here at Levine Academy in our Hebrew and Judaic Studies. One of the most exciting additions to this year's program is our 7th and 8th Grade Judaic Seminar. Our 7th and 8th Grade students were able to select one of four class options.

  • Holocaust Studies: Facing History and Ourselves - taught by Rabbi Michael Katzman 
    In this course, students will explore the events that led to the murder of six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims.  Students will discover the stories of survivors, witnesses, perpetrators, and rescuers that will inspire insights and essential questions about the nature of human behavior and world history.
  • History of Jerusalem
    In this course, students will study original Biblical texts and examine archeological findings from that period. The students will use higher order thinking skills to assess possible reasons behind the characters' decisions, using an interactive curriculum showcasing the history and archaeology of Jerusalem. The class uses 3D models of archaeological artifacts, quizzes, and interactive maps. Through the process of exploration, students can identify more closely with Jewish history and Tanakh.
  • Heroes and Heroines in Torah - taught by Mrs. Ben-Abraham
  • This course will focus on stories in the Torah of heroes and heroines who we can emulate as living examples for how to lead daily life. By learning about men and women who faced challenges and analyzing their approaches to the stumbling blocks in their lives, we will explore best practices for obstacles we face.
  • Talmudic Pre-Law - taught by Rabbi Jeremy Litton
    In this course, students will explore the connection between law and morals through the lens of the Talmud and how it relates to the core middot of Justice, Citizenship, Respect, Kindness, Holiness, Integrity, and Responsibility. Students will work on critical analysis of text, formulation and deconstruction of arguments, Hebrew reading/speaking skills and public speaking and debate skills.

"I like that we have the ability to choose because not everyone likes to learn the same things and this allows me to learn what I'm interested in." - Shira R., 7th grader

"I like being in class with the 8th graders ... it makes the conversation more interesting and challenging." - Roni L., 7th grader

The Midrash teaches us that there are 70 faces to the Torah. For generations Rabbis have ruminated on this declaring that individuals connect differently to Judaism -- that is exactly what makes Torah study so incredible. 

By encouraging our Middle School students to explore options in their Judaic education, we embrace our diverse and inclusive community with the aim of students deepening their sense of self and their Jewish identity. At Levine Academy, we pride ourselves on the diversity of our school and are proud to take the lessons from the Midrash.