Online Class for Teens a First for JTS

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

August 4, 2006, New York, NY

In recognition of the time demands on today's teens and their innate affinity with the internet, the first–ever long distance learning class offered by a metropolitan New York–area community Jewish high school is now available to students enrolled in Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor program.

Sponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary, Prozdor is an academic program for teens who choose to continue their Jewish education and exploration of their Jewish identity while in high school. Typically, Prozdor students attend classes on Sunday mornings at JTS in New York City, and one weekday evening at affiliates in New York, Long Island, and New Jersey. The distance learning option will now allow students in certain locations to replace the weeknight class with online study at their convenience.

In "Through the Looking Glass: Perspectives on Issues of Freedom in Jewish and Civic Life," teens will examine both Jewish and general perspectives of racial, religious and gender issues that arise in the United States through the exploration of Jewish texts, current film clips, and investigation into other forms popular culture. Students will be able to log on at any time of the day (or night) and engage in in–depth discussions utilizing Blackboard cutting–edge technology.

The class will be taught by Rabbi Karen G. Reiss Medwed. Ordained at JTS in 1995 and a teacher in its William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, Rabbi Medwed received a doctorate in education and Jewish studies as a Steinhardt Fellow from the Steinhardt School of Education of New York University. A dynamic and engaging educator, Rabbi Medwed authored Dror Yikra: The Call of Freedom, for United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the chapter on "Tfilla" in the forthcoming Living in God: Conservative Judaism's Guide to Rite and Ritual.

Further information about Prozdor and "Through the Looking Glass" is available by calling Bess Adler, Principal, at (212) 678–8824 ext. 3 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For more information on Ivry Prozdor, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953, or email.

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