The Gesher program meets Tuesdays during the school year from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Dinner is provided each week at 6:30. Students meet in the social hall for dinner before heading off to class.
We are excited to again offer our 8th graders this opportunity to use photography to explore and document what being Jewish means to them, helping them to integrate their photographs with traditional texts and personalized midrash (commentary).
JRC member and photojournalist Richard Cahan will be working with the teacher and students to develop their skills in taking and interpreting photographs.
The goal of Gesher (Bridge), JRC’s class for 8th graders, is to have students think of the years surrounding their bar/bat mitzvahs not as capstones to their Jewish studies but as springboards toward continuing to develop their Jewish identity and establishing a firm foundation of Jewish values and beliefs to guide them in how they relate to others and the world. The curriculum was developed by Jewish Lens and successfully piloted at JRC in the 2010-2011 school year.
Gesher is facilitated by Liz London, a graduate of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.
The class format includes discussion, text analysis, group projects, photography field trips, guest speakers, and film screenings.