Education and Curriculum
LMAHH offers a diverse and engaging curriculum to our students. Each session of LMAHH (Sunday/Tuesday) will offer a meal and two classes over two hours. Sundays begin with bagels, cream cheese and hot chocolate and Tuesdays begin with pizza. The first class period is a core class by grade. The second class periods are cross-grade electives chosen by the students.
• 8TH GRADE: "JUDAISMS"
A comparative look at Judaism both in North America and around the world ... but really a way for students to ask big
questions about their own Jewish identity covering topics like God, anti-semitism, denominations, practices in different cultures, history, conflicts between Israel and America, etc.
• 9TH GRADE: "THE ETHICS OF SEX, POWER and MONEY"
Throughout our entire Jewish history, these terms, sex, power, and money, have been the "tools" used by the main
characters. Weather it's the story of King David and Bat Sheva, or the #MeToo movement, these concepts are still
relevant to all of us. They can be used for good, to create life, feed to poor, or empower silenced voices. However, they
are often used for oppression and greed. In this class we will explore these terms using a Jewish Mussar lens to learn
what they mean, and how they affect the world.
• 10TH GRADE: 'ISRAEL & ME: HISTORY, POLITICS, IDENTITY"
Israel - the land, the people, the country - is a really big piece of modern Jewish life. Together we'll explore the Jewish
connection to the land of Israel, the complex concept of the people of Israel, and key moments in the story of the State of
Israel. And at every step, one big question will be on our minds: Where do I fit in?
• 11TH GRADE: 'PROJECT TEACH - TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM"
Students participate in the first of a two-year program in which they study the theory and acquire the skills (lesson
planning, classroom management techniques, etc.) needed to successfully teach in a supplementary Religious School
environment. This year long course is a prerequisite for the 12th grade student teaching placement in an Elementary
Hebrew School classroom. Students who complete this two year program will earn Supplementary Hebrew School
• 12TH GRADE: 'PROJECT TEACH YEAR TWO - TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - STUDENT TEACHING
12th grade students will put their 11th grade Project Teach course knowledge to use as student teachers in an elementary aged Hebrew School classroom. Student teaching placement will be in one of the four participating LMAHH synagogues
of the student’s choice. During this year of student teaching, students will be paired in a classroom with an experienced
mentor teacher. Student teachers, under the supervision and guidance of the mentor teachers, will slowly take on the
responsibilities of the classroom teacher. This progression includes first observing the mentor teacher and assisting when
needed. Next the student teacher will be asked to work with individual students, and small groups. This all leads up to the
student teacher being given opportunities to plan for and teach whole class lessons. The timeline for this progression
depends on the student teacher’s readiness and level of comfortability. Upon completion of this student teaching
experience, the student teacher will earn a Teaching Certificate, and have a full year of classroom teaching experience
that will hopefully help lead to employment as a Hebrew School teacher in the future.
(may vary by session)
• CURRENT EVENTS
Students have the opportunity to explore current issues in relationship to Jewish values, text and history. Emphasis is on
helping students to consider multiple points of view and to develop their own positions on the issues.
• SOCIAL ACTION - TIKKUN OLAM (REPAIRING THE WORLD)
This course will focus on the pressing social and political issues of our day while offering students concrete ways to
express their desire to act and speak out. Issues such as climate change, #MeToo movement, civil rights, gun control,
and poverty will all be part of the discussion. In our first semester we will do a survey of several big topics, looking at how
Jewish leaders and our Jewish sources (both ancient and contemporary voices) are responding. In the second semester
we will look at ways to get active, as students will be guided through a process of choosing an area of focus (either as a
class, small group or individual) and begin their own activism.
• SCREEN TIME
Between our smartphones, Netflix shows, the news, social media, music streaming, gaming, and other computer related
activities, we spend almost two thirds (!!) of our waking hours looking at a screen. Not all screens are equal, but it does
mean that we are living our lives online more than we used to, and that number will probably go up. Although screens are
mostly a modern invention, there are a lot of parallels between the uses of our screens, and different elements in the
Talmud and Kabalah. In this class we will try to understand the effect that media and screens have on our lives in particular,
and the Jewish people as a whole. Is it a bad thing? Or maybe it can be used as a force for good? How can we use our
screens to enhance our Jewish experience? Tune in to find out more...
• TORAH ART
Together we will explore how art can connect us to prayer and different Torah portions. Using multiple mediums we will discover how art can make us feel and relate to the Jewish world around us. Let’s learn by painting, drawing, sculpting
and so much more!