WHAT IS TOARCH FOR SCHOOLS?
Ktav Ivri / Ktav Ashuri - up to 2 hours [MS, HS] - a two-hour program that includes a historical review of the development of writing. A halachic outline of some of the issues related to the writing of Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzot, we provide an integrated understanding of the issues that relate to the reading and writing we so often take for granted. The second part of the program is a hands-on writing experience working with kulmusim (quills), ink, and klaf (parchment) where the students learn to write their own names. By the end of the session the students are well on their way to being able to read ancient coins and inscriptions.
On the Map - 1.5 hours [MS, HS] - Making use of Foundation Stone’s De’ara Tanach Map (DTM), we revisit some of the key events of the Torah and Nevi’im (Prophets) - on the map. The map is approximately 9ft x 3ft and is east oriented (much like a whiteboard or chalk board). Using colourful dry-erase markers, the students participate in identifying the sites of battles and events that they are familiar with. This session is highly adaptable to the particular class and curriculum.
Pick the Perek - 1 hour [MS, HS] - At the discretion of the teacher or principal of the school, a specific perek of Tanach will be broken down and presented in terms of its geography, archaeology, and history, using artefacts, images and maps.
Show, Tell and Touch Jewish History - up to 2 hours [K-12] - with a collection of pottery shards, coins, and other excavated materials - and with a license from the Israel Antiquities Authority, we bring a variety of archaeological materials that students can touch and feel that come from a variety of sites, and a long swath of Jewish history.
The Rabbi and the Archaeologist - 1.5 hours [HS] - an entirely unique presentation - with an archaeologist and a Rabbi presenting on the same issue - from two completely different points of view. Often it is a chapter from Tanach. Where does archaeology challenge our understanding and where does it enhance or support our understanding.
Understanding Archaeological Sites - up to 2 hours [MS, HS] - Khirbet Qeiyafa: What’s so special about a 3000 year old site? - Tel Yavne: Where the Jewish People were reborn
Am I Blue - up to 2 hours (by special request) [MS, HS] - A virtual trip into Jewish history and an understanding of this long-lost Biblical commandment of Techelet. Includes the chemistry and science behind the identifying of the chilazon, a dying demonstration, and review and appreciation for the mitzvah.
Requirements: White board and dry erase markers, computer projector, table for artefacts. Mounting tape and wall space for 2.8x1meter map.
WHAT IS TOARCH?
TOARCH is a rare opportunity for schools, synagogues, and community centres to host a unique scholars-in-residence program - a program sure to excite, captivate, and enrich the members of the local Jewish community - regardless of religious affiliation or level of observance. The result is a fantastic experience that will excite and inform people about Israel, Jewish history - the Tanach (Bible) and the Mishna/Talmud.
TOARCH brings to each community a collection of artefacts from actual excavations that students and adults can touch and feel. Artefacts come with the approval and export license of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). In addition, some outstanding map, media, and other materials are brought for an incredibly enriching and powerful experience.
WHAT IS THE TOARCH SHABBATON?
With sessions that include:
- The Rabbi & The Archaeologist
- The Ten Exiles of the Sanhedrin
- The Battles of the Maccabees
- The Brit of Noah & The Brit of Yisrael
- The Content and The Context
- Bar Kochba: The Untold Story
MOTZAI SHABBAT - THE EXODUS UNPLUGGED
Saturday Night - Motzai Shabbat November 21, 2016
(admission is free, your contributions are welcome)
Jim Long - writer and director of Riddle of the Exodus
Aren Maeir - archaeologist, Tel es Safi (ancient Gat of the Philistines), Bar Ilan University
- Monday Nov. 16
- Tuesday Nov. 17
- Wednesday Nov. 18
- Thursday Nov. 19
- Friday Nov. 20
- Shabbat Nov. 20-21
Oneg Shabbat - TBD
Multimedia Melava Malka
THE EXODUS UNPLUGGED
Riddle of the Exodus with Jim Long
Did the Exodus really happen? Can we find evidence today?
Multimedia Melava Malka - THE PATH OF THE PHILISTINES
What the Excavation of Gat Tells Us About the Philistines with Prof. Aren Maeier
- Sunday Nov. 22
Foundation Stone has visited schools across the US, Canada, and England. Here’s a short list…
- Yavneh Hebrew Acad. - Los Angeles
- YULA - Los Angeles
- Ohr Eliyahu - Los Angeles
- SCY High - San Diego
- Torah High Schools - San Diego
- Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School
- La Jolla Country Day School
- Weinbaum Yeshiva High - Boca Raton
- Temima High School - Atlanta
- Torah Day School of Atlanta
- Ohr Yisrael Yeshiva - Atlanta
- AJA - Atlanta
- The Academy - Chicago
- Ohr Boruch, Veitzener Cheder - Chicago
- Lubavitch Cheder - Chicago
- Akiba Shechter - Chicago
- Hillel Torah - Chicago
- Joan Dachs - Chicago
- JCFS Yeshiva - Chicago
- Skokie Yeshiva - Chicago
- Ida Crown - Chicago
- Arie Crown - Chicago
- Kollel Torah Mitzion - Chicago
- CANADA - ONTARIO
- Etz Chaim - Toronto
- The Ulpana - Toronto
- Or Hachayim - Toronto
- London School for Jewish Studies
- Beth Jacob Grammar School - London
- Menorah High School for Girls - London
- Yeshivat Hakotel - Jerusalem
- Derech Etz Chaim - Jerusalem
- Torah Academy - Baltimore
- B’nos Yisrael - Baltimore
- NEW JERSEY
- Kushner Academy - Livingston
- JEC - Elizabeth
- Hillel Yeshiva - Deal
- Moreshet Yehoshua - Lakewood
- Keter Torah - Lakewood
- NEW YORK
- Barkai - Brooklyn
- Flatbush Yeshiva - New York
- Hillel Academy - Pittsburgh
- Mesivta High School - McKeesport
- CommunityThe TOARCH program has been a hit at community events in Carlsbad, Coronado, La Jolla, San Diego, Baltimore, and Chicago. One of the most exciting programs to date, were sessions at the Leichtag Ranch Hub in Encinitas, and with Leichtag Foundation director Jim Farley. In addition to JCC events, we’ve also been welcomed at the Centre for Jewish Culture (CJC) in San Diego County, and the Centre for Jewish Education (CJE) in Baltimore - one of our core sponsors for TOARCH ’12 Baltimore.
- SynagoguesThe central TOARCH program has been our Torah & Archaeology Shabbaton. The first event was held at KINS (Knesset Israel Nusach Sefard) in Chicago in 2012. Last year (2013) the program was run at Ner Tamid in Baltimore. Rabbi Yisrael Motzen was quick to open his synagogue to us, and hosted the program with great care and professionalism. And in 2014, the program was run at Beth Jacob of San Diego. Our thanks go out to rabbis Leonard Matanky, Yaacov Motzen, and Avram Bogopulsky. A special shout out and thank you goes to Rabbi Pinny Roth in San Diego who opened his home and his friendship to our team. It really meant a lot to us.
On the youth level, we’re thrilled to be able to work with organizations like NCSY. In Baltimore and San Diego we’ve participated in programming during Shabbat and the week for high school students, such as “Latte and Learning,” Shabbatonim, and public school programs.Beth Jacob Congregation - Beverly Hills
KINS - Chicago
Mikor Chaim - Skokie
Yavne Kehilla - Los AngelesEtz Chaim Congregation - Jacksonville, FL
Beth Jacob - Atlanta
The Kehilla - Sandy Springs, GA
Congregation Ariel - Dunwoody, GABeth Jacob Congregation - Irvine
Chovevei Tzion - Skokie
Beth Jacob Congregation - San Diego
Beth Avraham Yaacov of Toronto
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