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Teens : JOLT
(Jewish Opportunities & Learning for Teens)

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CAJE St. Louis - JOLT - Jewish Opportunities and Learning for Teens


View 2012-2013 Trimester 2
Course Catalog


2012-2013 JOLT Calendar pdf


2012-2013 Registration Form  pdf






JOLT Your Way Into Jewish Learning




Students enjoying the JOLT Kick-off Bowling PartyCAJE JOLT Jewish Opportunities and Learning for Teens


Maxine Weil, JOLT Director
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO  63146

Office: (314) 442-3757

Email: mweil@cajestl.org



Classes are held on Thursday evenings at at Congregation B’nai Amoona,
324 S. Mason Road (63141)

CAJE St. Louis JOLT Dinner OptionDinner Available Each Thursday

              • 6-6:30 p.m. (before first-hour class)
              • Meals include salad and entree (pizza, pasta, sandwich, etc.)
              • Drink and dessert provided at no cost
              • $50 per trimester


This is an OPTION for teens who may be coming from another activity or who want to come early and socialize with friends. Choose on a trimester basis when you register.


Bring a snack for JOLT break, or contribute $36, $54 or $72 to sponsor a snack, and we will do the shopping!

Snack Break between 1st and 2nd Hour.

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6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wake up your taste buds with vibrant flavors of food as you map the country, north to south, and learn of the focus that shaped its culinary richness and culture. Instructor: Betsy Enger, Mashgichah, B’nai Amoona

Anti-Semitism is not necessarily old history; sometimes it’s a current event. Be prepared to share, challenge, engage and in the process, respect and validate the thoughts and feelings of those who might not see the world the same way you do. Instructor: Karen Aroesty, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

Discover the miracles that have created the modern world of Israel which celebrates 65 years this Spring. Learn about Israel’s rich history prior to becoming a State and how this small nation has become a world leader in science and technology. Instructor: Abby Kelman, Israel Advocate

You will have the unique opportunity to explore Israeli films and the multimedia arts through an educational portal. Through films and interactive activities you will explore the diversity of Israeli society. Instructor: Andy Schwebel, Director of Experiential Education, B’nai Amoona

Are sports ethics related to Jewish ethics? Learn about the history of Jewish presence in sports and the influence of Judaism on these athletes. Sports activities interspersed! Instructor: Andrew Goldfeder, Holocaust Museum Coordinator & BBYO Advisor

A lot is happening in the world, especially with the upcoming presidential election. Join us as we use a Jewish lens to analyze current events. Learn how to seek out a balance of news stories and how articles reflect the politics of the writers.
Instructor: Bob Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The class will begin with a teaching from the weekly Torah portion. Where it ends is up to you! Come prepared to ask the Rabbi whatever is on your mind. Lively discussion is guaranteed.
Instructor: Rabbi Shmuel Kay, Community Educator & Consultant

A teenage friend has vodka in their water bottle, a classmate is being harassed... Making decisions on ethical issues is often a challenge. What would a hidden camera reveal about your reactions to some of the tough ethical decisions facing Jewish teens today?
Instructor: Andrew Goldfeder, BBYO Advisor & Holocaust Museum Coordinator

Have you ever dreamed about leading or participating with a group in song? If so, this is the class for you! We will sing old and new camp songs as well as explore the eclectic world of Jewish music. No instruments necessary, but if you play one, bring it along. Come jam at JOLT! Instructor: Danielle Rodnizki, Music Specialist

This is especially designed for Jewish girls to engage in structured and open discussions that explore empowerment and self-esteem as teens engage in healthy relationships. Instructor: Lisa Deutsch, MSW, LCSW

Provides teens an opportunity to “take action” in community service in and out of the classroom, while gaining insight into the importance of Tikun Olam: Repairing the World. Instructor: Andy Schwebel, Director of Experiential Education, B’nai Amoona

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Click here to Meet the Instructors

JOLT Calendar 2012-2013


Aug 19 KICK-OFF with Community Service Option (Kopolow Building)

Oct 4

Class #4
Aug 30 KICK-OFF with Community Service Option (B'nai Amoona) Oct 11 Class #5

Sep 6

Class #1

Oct 18

Class #6

Sep 13  

Class #2

Oct 25

Class #7

Sep 20  

Class #3

Nov 1

Class #8
Sep 27 No Class/Yom Kippur Nov 8 Special Event


Nov 15

Class #1

Jan 10

Class #5

Nov 22

No Class/ Thanksgiving

Jan 17

Class #6
Nov 29 Class #2 Jan 24 Class #7

Dec 6

Class #3 Jan 27 Community Service Event

Dec 13, 20, 27  

No Class/Winter Break Jan 31 Class #8

Jan 3 

Class #4    


Feb 7

Special Event

Apr 4

Class #4

Feb 14

No Class

Apr 11

Class #5

Feb 21

Class #1

Apr 18

Class #6
Feb 28 Class #2 Apr 25 Class #7

Mar 7

Class #3

May 2

Class #8

Mar 14, 21

Mar 28

No Class/Spring Break

No Class/Passover


























Attendance: Regular attendance is a necessity for achievement in any class. Students are expected to attend class regularly. If you will be absent, please call the director at (314) 442-3757 or e-mail mweil@cajestl.org. With only 8 weeks per trimester and an action-packed curriculum, students are encouraged to arrive on time and return to class on time after the break.

Changing Classes: Students may transfer classes with the approval of the JOLT Director.

Emergency and Weather Related Closing: In the event of snow or other extreme weather conditions, JOLT will follow the procedure of the
Parkway School District. If Parkway schools are closed, JOLT will be closed. A decision about weather related closing will be made by 2 p.m.

Driving: Students who drive to JOLT are expected to drive directly to B’nai Amoona and remain there until the end of the evening at 8:30 p.m.. The JOLT faculty does not patrol the roadways or the parking lot. We rely on trust and communication between students, parents and faculty for the successful implementation of this policy. Students are expected to use common sense, obey the law and maintain the trust given them by their parents and the faculty.

Guests: Guests of students are permitted to attend a class, subject to prior arrangements with the JOLT Director.

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Tuition (per trimester): $125
Check with your synagogue to see if tuition is covered by the synagogue.

Dinner Option (per trimester): $50

Material Fee: $20 for some classes ONLY - text book, food or other supplies

Credit Card Payments will be accepted for full payment, due at registration.  MasterCard and Visa Only!

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Use this link to view Senior Celebration/Last Night of Classes - May 3, 2012
Senior Celebration and Last Night of Classes

CAJE St. Louis JOLT Summer Glass Fuzing Mezuzah Making


Teens from across the community came together for three summer JOLT classes:  Glass Fusing Mezuzah Making, Jews on the Silver Screen and Cooking for Community Service.


View pictures from this
exciting summer program.

CAJE St. Louis JOLT Summer Cooking for Community Service

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