HaSulam, V'Habima, JCAT and Moot Beit Din

Creative drama and discussion.

HaSulam V’Habima

In a partnership with the Segal Center, Hasulam ve Habimah is a drama curriculum for our Secondary III students. This program was designed by Mr. Sig Shore of the Segal Center in conjunction with our Secondary III Drama teachers, with the goal being to address and support the moral development of our students through their high school. This program utilizes specific metrics designed to determine developmental progress. Students have observed and responded to many scenarios, participated in an in depth reflective process and have created dramatic productions through collaborative effort.

Jewish Court of All Time

“What would happen if Albert Einstein, Golda Meir, and RAMBAM sat down together to debate the fate of Sudanese refugees? Would Rashi and Emma Goldman be able to find common ground on the subject of whether France should be allowed to ban the hijab?” – RAVSAK

Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) is a unique and innovative program in which middle school students across North America assume the roles of historical figures to debate a current hot topic. The program utilizes an integrated social platform – think Facebook for historical figures – to enable students to actively engage with peers as they debate current events through the lens of their assigned character. JCAT takes classroom interaction to a higher level, raising the stakes of a history lesson from a passive intellectual exercise to an active, exciting encounter that connects the past with the present.

Lederman Moot Beit Din Competition

Moot Beit Din challenges Jewish high school students to examine the ethical and moral dimensions of Jewish law through creative engagement with contemporary situations.  Each team of students prepared a written decision and presented an oral argument before a panel of rabbis, scholars, and lawyers, in response to a case.  This year’s case focused on Jewish medical ethics and end of life care. Examining Jewish legal perspectives on medicine, each Moot Beit Din team responded to questions posed about the medical treatment of an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease facing a life threatening heart condition.

Leading up the competition, participants and their school advisors spent Shabbat together as a pluralistic community, participating in text-study sessions, prayer services, and team building activities including creative exploration of Torah texts and a scavenger hunt.  Through sharing in these experiences and the competition, students form a vibrant network of committed and intellectually curious Jewish teenagers that extends beyond the weekend.