Prozdor offers hundreds of Jewish teens a rigorous and meaningful program of Jewish studies with a strong commitment to Hebrew language. Teens explore all facets of Judaism through many modes—from Jewish visual and performing arts to intensive text study to travel programs around the US and the world.
Back From Israel!
In late February, a group of Prozdor students spent 10 unforgettable days in Israel. We started the trip by celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem. We took a late night walk to the Western Wall, explored different neighborhoods of the city, and caught a glimpse of the vibrant nightlife on Ben Yehuda Street. From there, we traveled up to Haifa for a week-long exchange with The Hebrew Reali School. Our students stayed with host families throughout the week as we adventured throughout...Read More
It was another interesting day at Prozdor on November 16th; here’s just a taste of what was happening!
Life in Baghdad
Students in Norman Finkelstein’s class, Jews of Islamic Lands, heard from Dr. Sammy Shina of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell about his experiences growing up in Baghdad. Dr. Shina spoke about the larger history of Iraq and the artificial borders created in that region during the early twentieth century. Then, he told students...Read More
Renowned geneticist and pathologist Dr. Harry Ostrer stopped by Prozdor on Sunday to present on the origins and genetic linkages between Jews and their neighbors. He visited our class, “A Chosen People,” which explores the origins of “chosen-ness,” the consequences of that perception, and a look at what modern science can tell us about the subject. Dr. Ostrer, author of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People a...Read More
It was another interesting day at Prozdor on October 19th; here’s just a taste of what was happening!
JEWS IN BEANTOWN
One of Daniel Parmer’s most popular classes, “Jews of Beantown,” embarked on a 3-hour walking tour of Jewish Boston, beginning with a visit to the Charles Playhouse, which, before it was home to the Blue Man Group, hosted the first Jewish community in Boston. They made their way through the Theater District and South End as they talked abou...Read More
It’s been a big few weeks for Prozdor.
- One of our alumni, Safra Catz (P ’79), was named the CEO of Oracle.
- Another one of our alumni, Robert Kraft (P ’58), saw his New England Patriots crush the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in back-to-back games and improve to 4-2 on the season
- Actress Mayim Bialik tweeted and Facebooked about Prozdor’s October 19 college fair.
Mayim Bialik? Really? How did this come to pass?
Bialik, of The Big Bang...Read More
It was a typically diverse and interesting day at Prozdor on October 5: here’s just a taste of what was happening!
BEES IN ACTION
In Jennifer Gordon’s “Feast, Fast, and Foliage” class, we had a special guest from The Best Bees company who came along with a few dozen of her close friends… a beehive of honey bees! We learned about wax, varieties of seasonal honey, and how to make your gardens more hospitable to honey bees by planting a variety of ...Read More
lana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer and active at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. Before she left, we spoke with her about dancing, the Ukrainian-American culture ga...
David Krieger and Susan Musinsky are the parents of Rebecca and Eli Krieger. Rebecca, a senior at Watertown High School and a Bronfman Fellow, has been involved with Prozdor for five years and is currently a participant in the 12th grade Moreshet program. Her brother, Eli, is in 9th grade at Watertown High School and entering his second year at Prozdor. David, a doctor, and Susan, the head of a non-profit for social entrepreneurs, are very connected in the Jewish community and are ...Read More
Ariel Bavly, a Prozdor 9th grader and student at Newton South High School, has a remarkable array of talents in the performing arts. In addition to her studies, Ariel is establishing herself as a songwriter, actress and dancer. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with many eminent artists (including her father).
We are excited to have Ariel at Prozdor, where she is expanding her creative and Jewish passions. Ariel took a few minutes after Prozdor last Sunday to discuss her ...Read More
One of the most exciting new offerings at Prozdor this fall will be a science, technology, engineering and math module in which students explore the intersection of Judaism and science in new and creative ways. We have tapped Acton, Mass. native Jessica Silverman, a newly minted Ph.D., to teach this section. Here, Silverman talks about her background, her love of science and her new role at Prozdor.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a perpetual student, always seeking out new...Read More