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‘Super Jew’ Course for Teens

LONGMEADOW – In November and December local teens will join with Jewish teens internationally to engage in the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Teen program “Super Jew – the Miracle of Jewish Survival.”  Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy’s (LYA) Hachai Hebrew High, in collaboration with the Springfield Jewish Community Center, is sponsoring this six-week course for Jewish teens.

The six-week program will take place at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., for six consecutive Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m., beginning Nov. 5.  Cost to attend including text books and refreshments is $65.

“After taking Super Jew: the Miracle of Jewish Survival, teens will be proud of their history and proud to be Jews living in the 21st Century,” explained Rabbi Yakov Wolff, director of Hachai Hebrew High School.

 “SuperJew: the Miracle of Jewish Survival,” will touch on subjects that young Jewish high school students must ask themselves during their critical years of self-development as they prepare themselves for college, and then for the world at large. Participants will explore questions such as: Why is there still so much hatred for Jewish people? What is the cause of anti-Semitism and how do we fight it? What does it mean that Jews are the “chosen people,”—chosen for what? 

“This series will explore Judaism’s take on modern causes such as social justice, world peace and the environment,” Rabbi Wolf said. “We will delve into these topics of concern and uncover the Jewish perspective on our responsibility in the world today.”

Hachai Hebrew High School is open to all area Jewish teenagers regardless of synagogue affiliation. Hachai provides thought provoking discussion, engaging speakers, and cutting edge programs.  In the fall Hachai sponsored programs for teens featuring local Jewish leaders, including Springfield Police Officer Igor Besofsky, a graduate of LYA, and Stu Green, Springfield Jewish Community Center Director of Health and Physical Education, who focused on Sports and Judaism.

For more information about Hachai or to sign up for Super Jew, contact Rabbi Wolff at (413) 567-8665 or (413) 348-4978 or email at rabbiymwolff@gmail.com

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