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Binah: Jewish Learning Institute for Teens

NFTY, the American Jewish Archives and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion are teaming up this year to provide three weekends dedicated to Reform Jewish study and learning specifically for high school teens. These weekends will each focus on a theme that allows participants to explore their Jewish identity while engaging with some of the Reform Movements most dedicated scholars and teachers.

  • Join with a select group of high school students from across North America.
  • Take part in an incredible weekend of growing, learning, and leadership development.
  • Stay in the newly renovated Sisterhood Dormitory of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.
  • Experience Judaism with HUC-JIR's world-renown faculty who will be leading discussions and workshops.

This program is also sponsored by the Religious Action Center and the American Jewish Archives. The American Jewish Archives is located on the historic Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College!

Know someone who would be great for this? Nominate them! Students can be nominated to attend the Teen Study Weekend through the American Jewish Archives, they'll be notified of the nomination and invited to join us!

Next Binah Weekend:

When: October 24-26, 2014
Where: Hebrew Union College -Cincinnati
Cost: $135

Event Dates and Titles:

October 24-26th, 2014: Israel: A people, a land, a state. (High School)
Yisrael:/Yees-rah-Eil (n.): one who wrestles with God.

How do we struggle with what it means to be Israel - as a land, a people, and as a state? Serious challenges have faced liberal Judaism in recent years in Israel, and many speculate that we relate to Israel differently than past generations. Come join HUC-JIR Rabbinical students and faculty for a weekend of examining modern Israeli society, and exploring challenges facing Israel. Over the course of the weekend we will delve into understanding the various perspectives participants possess regarding Israel, furthering our dialogue through discussion and learning.

November 14th-16th, 2014: University Israel: Exploring Israel within and beyond campus life. (College)
Rarely a day goes by when Israel is not mentioned in the news. Between the television reporters and various blogs online, it can be hard to negotiate the sea of information and opinions presented about Israel. Come join HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty for a weekend of exploring how we relate to Israel, despite being so many miles away. Connect with other college students from around the country as we examine how to negotiate the politics of Israel on campus and learn to develop the skills to be an informed voice in the conversation. Over the course of the weekend we will delve into understanding the various perspectives participants possess regarding Israel, furthering our dialogue through discussion and learning.

January 30th-February 1st, 2015: Deepening Kavannah : A journey through Jewish Prayer (High School/NFTY-OV)
Do you ever find yourself sitting in Shabbat Services wondering what the prayers actually mean? Have you ever questioned how these prayers have evolved over the centuries, reflecting the various conversations Jews were having with God? Join HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty as we explore Jewish prayer and its evolution. Over the course of the weekend we will deepen our understanding of the liturgy, and explore creative ways to connect to the themes and the text of our prayers.

March 20th-22nd, 2015: Roots of Repairing: Understanding the evolution of Tikkun Olam (High School/RAC)
Before there was justice, there was tzedek. Join representatives of the Religious Action Center along with HUC-JIR rabbinical students and faculty as we explore the roots of Judaism’s commitment to repair the world. Discover why social justice is not just about being a good person, and how doing God’s work in our world is informed by Jewish theology. Over the course of the weekend we will explore various social issues in today’s world and the Jewish responses.

March 27th-29th, 2015: God's Politics: A look into the role of God in the public sphere. (College)
The separation of church and state is of vital importance to us as a small religious minority, but how separate are they really? How separate should they be? Join HUC-JIR Rabbinical Students and Faculty as we examine religious faith's ever-present and changing role in community life, in business, and in the political realm. Over the course of the weekend we will explore how Jewish texts help us negotiate the difficult ethical questions that face our government.

 
 

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