Spring into Learning

Fall in Love with Jewish Learning

with the Vermont “Chai” School

A community high school open to all Jewish teens in Vermont

Thursdays 5-7 pm

From October 20 – December 15, 2016

Courses are for 8-12th graders and meet at

Temple Sinai | 500 Swift Street |South Burlington, VT  05403


The Vermont Chai School is the only after school high school in Vermont for Jewish teens regardless of synagogue affiliation and regardless of whether or not a student has ever attended Hebrew School.

The Vermont Chai School is dedicated to bringing compelling classes to all Jewish teens in the Greater Burlington area and beyond.  For more information, please contact Judy Alexander (802) 862-5125 at Temple Sinai or Naomi Barell (802) 864-0218 ext. 26 at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue.


Cost*:  $150 per semester for 2 courses, $100 for one class, includes Pizza dinner from 5:45-6:15.

*Due to the tuition-free policy at Temple Sinai, there is no tuition for children of Temple Sinai members in good standing, just a $50 materials & pizza fee.


Session 1 – 5:00-5:45

__Conversational Hebrew – Mussi Jacobs

Course objectives: to facilitate the learning of these four main skills:  reading, writing, speaking and understanding of the Hebrew language. By the end of the semester students should become familiar with Hebrew vocabulary and grammar concepts that would enable them to translate text. 


__ Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of Our Fathers—Rabbi Glazier

 Ethics of the Fathers is a tractate of the Mishna that details the Torah’s views on ethics and interpersonal relationships. We will explore different topics of interest and how they relate to our world today.

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Session 2– 6:15-7:00

__ Sephardic Cooking—Danielle Levine

Jews live all around the world. Their traditions including holidays and foods bind them. In this class we will explore Jewish cooking from around the world especially focusing on Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle East. We will compare holiday dishes and see how the delicacies of a country influence our religious traditions and recipes. Each week we will cook and bring home a new delicious international Jewish treat!


__Social Action

This component may be done as independent study, on your time, and could also satisfy any high school requirements for community service. Contact Judy Alexander or Naomi Barell directly for more information.


Instructor Bios

James Glazier has been the Rabbi at Temple Sinai for the past 35 years.  He was ordained at HUC in Cincinnati and lives in South Burlington with his wife and children.

Mussi Jacobs is a resident of Burlington and has lived here for most of her life, along with her three brothers, and parents. She has spent much time in Israel, her mother’s native country. Both Israel and Vermont play a huge role in fostering my love and passion for the outdoors, traveling and my future career in midwifery.  She currently teaches 7th Grade Hebrew at Temple Sinai and works in Gan Yeladim at Chabad.

Danielle Levine is excited to be returning to the Vermont Chai School after teaching courses in Comparative Religion and Jewish Cooking.  She was born in RI and journeyed to Middlebury College where she explored her Jewish spirituality and studied Biblical Hebrew.  In translating biblical texts, Danielle found the wonderful joy of the Jewish tradition of asking questions and looking for meaning.  After graduating, she joined the Israel Congregation in Manchester, VT, enjoying services and teaching Hebrew School to 4th-7th graders.  In 2009, she was fortunate to go to Israel on a Birthright trip and loved the joy she found in the worship and faith there.  For the past 4 years, Danielle lived in Middlebury and found that joy in both the Havurah and Hillel.  While there, she taught Hebrew and Jewish studies to 2nd-6th graders.  She loves sharing traditions, songs and performing mitzvot with her students and is looking forward to sharing her experiences with the students at the Chai School.  

If you have questions, please contact:

Judy Alexander at (802) 862-5125 directorjudy@templesinaivt.org


Naomi Barell (802) 864-0218 x 26 naomi@ohavizedek.com


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