my Shoresh classes and what I was studying at my private secular school.
Shoresh includes students like me who graduated from or previously attended Jewish day schools as well
as others who had very little prior Judaic background. The diversity of experiences and beliefs enriched
our class discussions. I loved that our teachers encouraged us to think critically and to reach our own
conclusions about the texts we studied.
The promise of interesting debate lured me back every Sunday night. We considered what it means to be
Jewish; the differences between kavanah and avodah; and how--and more importantly why--we practice
our Judaism. Our teachers engaged us with meaningful topics, such as why we should remain Jewish and
how our Jewish identity shapes our lives.
With the help of my Shoresh teachers, I now approach my secular studies from a different perspective. I
compare all protagonists to Saul, whether I follow Holden Caulfield or Yossarian. I used Kohelet to inform
my reading of Grendel. My comments in Government class frequently included something I learned in
Israeli history class, such as our exploration of global anti-Semitism. Thanks for helping me integrate my
secular and Jewish studies. What I learned at Shoresh will stick with me and my classmates for years to
(Class of 2009)
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