Everyone has something to teach. Especially YOU.
Course proposals are being accepted for the National Havurah Committee‘s 2007 Summer Institute (August 6-12 at Franklin Pierce College in southern New Hampshire). Regular Jewschool readers have been reading about the Institute for a while. It’s a week of Jewish learning and living in a pluralistic multigenerational egalitarian community, bringing together and catalyzing Jewish communities across North America.
The 2007 Institute theme is “V’rav shelom banayich” (“Great shall be the peace of your children”), from Isaiah 54:13, from the haftarah of consolation that will be read that week. Courses are welcome that speak to this theme in any way.
Last year’s courses ranged from Talmud to Zohar to Jewish poetry to Palestinian narratives to Torah commentary through movement to Jewish war ethics. At the NHC, every teacher is a student and every student is a teacher, so teachers teach their own course for 90 minutes a day and participate in the rest of the Institute program for the other 22.5 hours. And teachers get to attend the whole week for free! I have taught twice at the Institute (once on Talmud, quantum mechanics, and indeterminacy; once on the history and mathematics of the Hebrew calendar), and these have been among my best teaching experiences, in a participatory community that really understands the value of learning and teaching.
What are YOU interested in teaching and studying? Submit a course proposal by November 29. Pass this on to any great teachers you’d love to learn with!