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Venice Yeshiva

Our program has been adapted for 2021-22 year in accordance with health guidelines to promote safety, meaning, and our natural need for personal connection. We will continue to adapt as guidelines shift.  

The Venice Yeshiva:
Where ‘The Chosen’ Meets ‘Yentl’.

Remember the scene in “The Chosen” when Danny and Reuven debated the impact of Jewish law on their lives? Or the moment that Barbra Streisand revealed she was a girl to Mandy Patankin? No? Well, you will have the opportunity to revisit or visit for the first time these layered moments in Jewish literature and film. The Venice Yeshiva brings the Oral History of Jewish Rabbinic dialectic to life – from the creation of a yeshiva-type environment where your child will be assigned a chevruta (study partner) for the year, to understanding the continued weaving and expanding choir of opinions on Jewish texts. Students emerge with an understanding of Rabbinic Judaism, Codes, Aggadah (storytelling), Midrash and Halacha (Jewish interpretive and legal commentaries on the written law). Layering upon the fact that cinema, television and Hollywood have expanded Jewish culture and ritual into a visual form, students emerge with a sense of a living, relevant and personal relationship to Jewish texts, rituals, storytelling and legal dilemmas.

The Venice Yeshiva also focuses on character building. The origins of social-emotional learning are in Jewish texts (and there are PhDs who have written about this!). Students focus on specific “Becoming a Mensch/Menschette” Challenges throughout the year. The fulfillment of the program is a Jewish bookshelf filled with books on topics of Torah, Prayer, History, Mussar, Feminist, Gender, and Legal Torah studies.

For ages 9-11

Venice Yeshiva also includes Zoom Hebrew lessons on Tuesdays from 4 – 5pm during January, February, and March.

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“Sing unto God a new song.”
-Psalm 96

If God is already tired, as suggests the Psalm, of hearing the old song, all the more so will ordinary mortals be.
-Alcalay (20th c. Jewish lexicographer)

The Open Temple.
Sing a new Song.

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