Moving Torah in Day Schools, Supplementary Schools and Camps
That was cool! We want her to come back. -J.E., 6th grader at Temple Israel of Hollywood
I have brought Moving Torah workshops and performances to a wide array of formal and informal educational settings. One teaching method I often use is "Moving Tefila" depicted in the slide show below. At Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School, I came to 3rd-6th grade tefila the week between Parshiyot Vayetze and Vayishlach. I taught parts of both parshiyot, and then shared my piece Messengers/Messages with them. We discussed how both in the Torah, and in my piece, Jacob faces his fears and becomes stronger. I invited the students to share stories about facing their fears and used their stories to create movements. We then "performed" our stories to the song "Gesher Tzar Me'od" as a way to connect our own experiences with Jacob's.
Photos by Larry Garf
Moving Torah works with large groups and small - sometimes as performance, sometimes as workshops or other participatory experiences, often as both. I have created successful Moving Torah experiences for classrooms, assemblies, tefilot, shabbatonim, beit midrash programs, teacher in-services and camper and staff activities. I can create programs that fit with your existing curriculum and help you meet programmatic and educational objectives in a novel and imaginative way.
When I watched one group’s presentation after they had completed (a Moving Torah workshop), it was beautiful and graceful and it challenged me intellectually. Moving Torahintegrates the mind and body as students concretize and internalize the learning.
Marlynn Dorff, mentor teacher Pressman Academy
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To explore the possibility of bringing Moving Torah to your institution, please contact us. We look forward to creating meaningful and engaging experiences with you!