CLASS OF 2014

    Critical Thinking

    Prior to sophomore year, my Jewish  experience was divided into a fairly secular time, spent during the school year,
    and the summer time where my summer camp annually led me to decide that I was orthodox – at least for a month
    or two. During this time, I constantly held two, often contrary beliefs in my head. For example, I knew why my shul
    had women read the Torah and I knew why my camp didn’t. But I had no idea of where I stood.

    Enter Shoresh. Shoresh teaches about Tanakh, rabbinic commentary, theology, Jewish history in a modern context.
    We have a diverse group that is constantly deliberating, challenging each other to decide what Jewish values mean
    to us, and even what modern Jewish values are. We have something special.

    The worth of a Shoresh education isn’t just that it teaches you, for example, about the settlements. It teaches you
    how to process different arguments. How to analyze rhetoric and bias. When you learn about the settlements, or
    any other matter, in Shoresh you learn to think about it.  

    That’s what Shoresh teaches: critical thinking. I am no longer some kid constantly employing doublethink. What I
    have learned during my time here has given me a basis to determine my morals and my theology.  I know where I
    stand, at least on a lot of issues.  

    The Most Fun Night of the Week

    Shoresh teachers and students made my Sunday nights the most intense and the most fun night of the week,
    month after month, year after year, studying Jewish texts and learning about my culture and history.  

    Education starts with teachers.  Shoresh has some of the best I have ever studied with. They made Jewish learning
    fun, injecting every class with wit, humor, and a dash of the Jewish spirit that we all fed off of.  Two of my favorite
    memories:  MORE...

    First was the night Rabbi Abramson discussed the proper blessing over wine created in the Replicator from Star
    Trek.  MORE...

    But it is not just the quality of the teachers that make Shoresh so special. What really puts Shoresh over the top are
    the other students. ... This past year had us tackle the definition of God, the importance of Israel to American Jews,
    and the significance of the Torah’s origins, topics given to us as freely as we were given math problems in school. It
    was glorious studying with such interesting and compelling people. I found myself looking forward to Shoresh as
    much for my friends as for the classes. I will never forget them.

    Always Another Way to Look at a Situation

    I have been coming to Shoresh for five years now, since 8th grade.  At first I wasn’t sure if Shoresh was right for
    me. I wasn’t sure if I would stay with Shoresh, move on to try something else, or just stop searching.  Shoresh has
    been awesome. MORE...

    The teachers at Shoresh shared their passion for subjects we study.  When there was conflict I would end up
    learning even more. MORE...

    There is always another way to look at a situation, and it is ridiculous to look at a situation in only one way or from
    one point of view, and to claim that you have seen the whole truth.

    Nothing is More Important Than Our Curiosity About Judaism

    One of my favorite experiences at Shoresh was a class with Rabbi Abramson.  We were having a discussion
    whether we should take the Torah literally, or not, and the implications of each. We got so into the discussion that
    when Mr. Simms came in for his class, he joined in and we continued on for another 30 minutes into Mr. Simms's
    class.  In retrospect this was an amazing thing.  Instead of stopping a discussion, he brought new perspectives,
    experiences, and Jewish thought to the conversation –  because he knew that nothing was more important than our
    curiosity about Judaism, not even his lesson plan. That is what makes Shoresh different from every other learning
    experience I’ve had so far and what I've enjoyed about Shoresh.
    The Shoresh Experience in our students' own words
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