Hebrew High fall semester gets early start

Following the early start of Tucson’s schools, Tucson Hebrew High will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at its host synagogue, Congregation Anshei Israel. The first session will include a welcome back pizza and last minute registration party, classes, a storytelling slam by Hebrew High faculty, and an ice cream sundae bar. All Jewish teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend this free evening from 7 to 9 p.m. (Hebrew for credit students begin at 6:15 p.m.).

Classes this year include Krav Maga, the martial arts method of the Israel Defense Forces; Jewish Jam and Klezmer Band; Kaballah; and Jewish Ethics. Israel 360 Degrees with No Angles is for those who want to learn about the Middle East conflict and form their own opinions, says Hebrew High Principal Sharon Glassberg. The Commitment to Remember program brings teens together with Holocaust survivors for a year of study and sharing.

In addition to Hebrew for Foreign Language High School Credit (in some schools), says Glassberg, Tucson Hebrew High offers conversational Hebrew classes “where you will learn to speak like a true Israeli (slang and all).” Also on tap are social action projects and travel opportunities to Washington D.C., Israel and Poland, plus free dinner and snacks.

For more information and to register visit tucsonhebrewhigh.org or contact Glassberg at 577-9393, or sglassberg@jfsa.org. Tucson Hebrew High is a community program supported by Tucson’s congregations and the Coalition for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and is a member of the North American Association of Congregational and Community Hebrew High Schools.