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.
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
Enough talking. The future is now.
After an intense process of information gathering, brainstorming, focus groups, and conversations that has taken the better part of a year, we are thrilled to share with Jewish Boston our Program Guide for the next few years.
We have taken very seriously our mandate and challenge to create the school of the future for Jewish teens, one that teaches, challenges, mentors, and develops a new generation of Jewish leaders. Our focus on student choice...Read More
Kids don’t know how lucky they have it.
They go to school, get driven to sports and music classes, have play dates, watch TV, get food prepared for them and are only inconvenienced by doing homework. Generally speaking, they get to pursue their interests and passions with the support of their parents.
Prozdor hazily exists somewhere between passion and compulsion. Yes, parents like to make their kids go to Prozdor (and for that, I thank them), but once...Read More
Time is too precious to be wasted.
Especially when you’re a teenager and everything is moving faster and faster.
So why bother with Prozdor? Here’s why.
Where else can you
- Create videos, podcasts, blogs, and playlists for the Haifa-Boston Youth Radio Project
- Spend a double-period with talented Jewish artists in an intensive art studio
- Learn about community organizing and social justice with an experienced social worker and graduate of the Jewish Organizing Initi...
“Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid. Let us be dissatisfied. “ –Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is dissatisfaction that motivates us, as human beings, to make change. We see someth...Read More
It’s always amazing to go to Israel with Prozdor kids.
This time we managed to somehow dodge the historic rainfall that has been pounding the country all winter to enjoy a jam-packed eleven days of travel. It only rained the night of our arrival (12/21 and no, we didn’t see the Messiah, even though I went for a run that night in Jerusalem to see if I’d run into him) and for an hour on the following Saturday.
The beauty of Israel travel lies in the immersive nat...Read More
Four business leaders.
One amazing morning.
On Sunday, December 2nd, a group of Prozdor students gathered in the Hebrew College Conference Center to participate in Prozdor’s first ever “Start-Up Day”. They met Ben Vainer (Good Question Ink), Ross Lohr (Project Repat), Mat Paisner* (AltruHelp), and Jackie Schon* (The Paint Bar), all entrepreneurs in their twenties who had volunteered to spend their morning coaching and mentoring teams of...Read More