Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Pause and learn…

A message from the Health and Human Services Department.

Are screens the right holiday gift for your child this year? Your kids may think so, but many experts suggest that you should pause and learn more before you make that decision. Visit the Newton Public Schools Smartphone page for more resources and information.

Yoga & Torah in Conversation: Finding the Light of Hanukkah

Finding the Light of Hanukkah will explore the theme of light within and light with out in both the Jewish and Yoga traditions. All levels of Torah and Yoga students are welcome. No prior yoga experience required.

This is the second program of The Body in Yoga and Torah: A One Night Shtender (A One Night Stand) – a unique integrative and interactive program exploring Jewish and yoga intersections with the body. In both traditions, the body is a vehicle to access the divine, inner world and to connect to a broader understanding. The program explores Jewish traditional texts and relevant yoga philosophy Sutras of Patanjali. Program led by Rabba Claudia Marbach, a Maharat and Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). Program fee: $18.00. Register here: Yoga & Torah

November 28th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Hosted at Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

About the instructors:
Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) is a graduate of the Yavneh school in Paris; studying with Rabbi Nehemia Polen and David Mayaan as well as the organizer of a local study group, Ladies of The Books, which explores the connections between yoga and torah. Rahel has also studied with Diane Bloomfield the author of Torah Yoga. As a writer and thought leader, Rahel has written on the meaning of Niddha, the Jewish purity laws for women and is the editor of Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law, UPNE 1999.

Claudia Marbach, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, previously was a middle school teacher at JCDS Boston, a pluralistic Jewish Day School, for fifteen years, where she developed a Rabbinics curriculum and taught tefillah, chagim, and moral reasoning. She has a particular interest in the teaching of pluralism, differentiated instruction and moral reasoning. Claudia founded and co-runs a partnership minyan in Newton, MA, has been gabbait of a local women’s tefillah group, has tutored bnei mitzvot, and participates in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Abraham network

Reminder about Myths, facts and Marijuana

Local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD will enlighten the group with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks and benefits, adolescents and the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! Free and open to the public.

November 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton

Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert

Please join a very special night of jazz music featuring students from both Newton North and Newton South high schools, in support of the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available while you enjoy live entertainment provided by jazz ensembles from both high schools.

The Newton Music Ambassadors (NMA) is a collaborative initiative set up by teachers from both schools to empower their students with musical experiences beyond the classroom. Funds raised at the Benefit Concert will directly support students in pursuit of music enrichment opportunities such as travel, off-site performances, private music lessons, and summer music camps, and position them to serve as ambassadors to positively impact the world around them through music.

Ticket prices are $25.00/adult, $10.00/student and can be purchased at the door or online at newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz. You can also use this link to make a donation if you would like to support the fund but cannot make the event. If you have any questions, please email newtonmusicambassadors@gmail.com.

November 30th,  7:00 – 10:00 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton

Camp Kingswood Open House

Come to meet the Camp Kingswood director, Leslie Zide and staff to answer all your questions about camp. Located in Southern Maine, Camp Kingswood is a dynamic Jewish overnight camp that has provided life-changing summer experiences for almost 100 years.

Girls and boys entering grades 3-11 enjoy an unforgettable summer filled with land and water sports, outdoor adventure, visual arts, performing arts and Jewish culture. Learn more at bostonjcc.org/classes-and-events/kingswood-open-house.

December 9th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Leventhal-Sidman Center, JCC Greater Boston,
333 Nahanton Street, Newton

Kids Yoga Series

Down Under School of Yoga’s winter Kids Yoga Series begins in January! Classes are organized by age to ensure that the content is fun, constructive and age-appropriate while also fostering a sense of community for students to support each other through learning- taking their yoga off the mat and into the world around them.

Cost: $165.00, 11 weeks Kids Newton Series

Ages 3-6: Wednesdays w/Erin, 3:30 – 4:15 pm, January 9th – March 27th

Ages 7-10: Mondays w/Cindy, 3:30 – 4:15 pm, January 7th – March 25th or
Wednesdays w/Erin, 4:15 – 5:00 pm,  January 9th – March 27th or
Thursdays w/Danielle, 4:15 – 5:00 pm, January 10th – March 28th

Ages 11-14: Mondays w/Cindy, 4:15 – 5:15 pm, January 7th – March 25th or
Tuesdays w/Erin, 4:15 – 5:00 pm, January 8th – March 26th or
Thursdays w/Danielle, 5:00 – 5:45 pm, January 10th – March 28th

High School: Tuesdays w/Erin, 3:15 – 4:15 pm, January 8th – March 26th or
Saturdays w/Danielle, 12:15 – 1:15 pm, January 12th – March 30th

Down Under Yoga, 306 Walnut Street, Newton

Drop off a dish to help

Drop off a dish to help feed the Boston homeless on Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble Give is a national effort of volunteers who prepare and assemble individual containers of Thanksgiving meals to deliver to homeless people in 16 major cities throughout the country.

Boston is just starting out, and they were able to deliver 100 meals last year.  This year their goal is 500.  Let’s help them exceed their goal!  You can drop off a warm dish on Thanksgiving morning or stay and help!  If you would like to help but will not be around on Thursday,  please email wrwoodruff@yahoo.com to arrange to drop off a donation on Tuesday or Wednesday  (something like cookies, pumpkin bread, corn muffins, pie as long as it does not need to be refrigerated).

For more information, go to gobblegobblegive.org.  Check the Facebook Gobble Gobble Give Boston page this week for more details about the drop-off location.  The drop-off location will be in or near Newton.

Tutor Available

Duer McLanahan is a tutor, teacher, children’s songs and guitar teacher offering tutoring/teaching in reading comprehension, speech and vocabulary, syntax, sentence and paragraph structure, expository essay, prose, poetry, creative writing.

In addition, he can tutor Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Certifications and professional development

  • Mandarin Proficiency Level Exam (??????) Peoples Republic of China Intermediate, Grade 6 (10 points below Grade 7)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (A.C.T.F.L.) Mandarin proficiency level: Intermediate-High

Licensing

  • Massachusetts Department of Education: Academic Educator Licenses
  • Elementary Grades 1-6; Special Education Moderate Disabilities Grades Pre-K—8

Technical skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft WORD and Apple PAGES. Basic knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint.

Contact Duer McLanahan by email duermclanahan@gmail.com or call/text 617-817-3440.

Voice Lessons

Get the Best from Your Voice!

Is your teen participating in choir or theater? Is she interested strengthening her voice and performance skills? With a focus on healthy singing and versatility, lessons with Jacqueline Novikov improve pitch, range, coordination and confidence.

Sunday afternoon lesson availability, two performances per semester, and flexible scheduling for busy students and families. Contact Jacqueline Novikov at jn@forma-music.com and learn more at jacquelinenovikov.com.

Writing Tutor Available

Does your student become frustrated or intimidated by writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn can help them become a more successful writer. In her more than 25 years of tutoring experience, Jane has worked with students of differing abilities from middle school through graduate school. Jane tailors her approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence. Jane is also available for help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com or at 617- 957-7208. You can learn more about Jane at her website jbhtutoring.com.