2018-06-06 / Local News

KBA students combine Judaism and STEM for Shavuot learning



Kellman Brown Academy hosted its own version of Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a custom where Jews around the world forfeit a night of sleep by staying awake and learning Torah during the holiday of Shavuot. The students and faculty of the school gathered together into classrooms, and were honored to learn from the community clergy during 20-minute lessons about Shavuot. For the youngest students, sessions included activities such as “Pillowcase Decorating” and “Aleph Bet Yoga.” For the older students, the teachings hit on topics such as “Boiling Down the Mitzvot from 613 to 1,” “What Happened on Sinai? The Rabbis Imagine,” and “Bring on the Torah (Service)!” Tikkun Leil Shavuot concluded with a tech-savvy ice cream making activity for the students (top photo), showcasing an example of Jewish STEM or J-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This type of programming will be at the heart of the Jewish Community STEM Lab KBA is launching this fall. With a mix of technology, science, and Judaism, the students were able to make their own ice cream, led by teachers and facilitated by clergy (bottom, from left), Rabbi Bryan Wexler, Temple Beth Sholom; Rabbi Gidon Isaacs, Temple Emanuel; Rabbi Micah Peltz, Temple Beth Sholom; Cantor Jen Cohen, Temple Beth Sholom; Rabbi Andy Green, Cong. Beth El; Rabbi Nogah Marshall, Cong. Beth El; and Rabbi Joel Seltzer, Camp Ramah. Kellman Brown Academy hosted its own version of Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a custom where Jews around the world forfeit a night of sleep by staying awake and learning Torah during the holiday of Shavuot. The students and faculty of the school gathered together into classrooms, and were honored to learn from the community clergy during 20-minute lessons about Shavuot. For the youngest students, sessions included activities such as “Pillowcase Decorating” and “Aleph Bet Yoga.” For the older students, the teachings hit on topics such as “Boiling Down the Mitzvot from 613 to 1,” “What Happened on Sinai? The Rabbis Imagine,” and “Bring on the Torah (Service)!” Tikkun Leil Shavuot concluded with a tech-savvy ice cream making activity for the students (top photo), showcasing an example of Jewish STEM or J-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This type of programming will be at the heart of the Jewish Community STEM Lab KBA is launching this fall. With a mix of technology, science, and Judaism, the students were able to make their own ice cream, led by teachers and facilitated by clergy (bottom, from left), Rabbi Bryan Wexler, Temple Beth Sholom; Rabbi Gidon Isaacs, Temple Emanuel; Rabbi Micah Peltz, Temple Beth Sholom; Cantor Jen Cohen, Temple Beth Sholom; Rabbi Andy Green, Cong. Beth El; Rabbi Nogah Marshall, Cong. Beth El; and Rabbi Joel Seltzer, Camp Ramah.

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