Whether you come from a family steeped in traditional Jewish Practices or from one whose Jewish Identity is more cultural or secular, you'll be at home at Gann. You'll explore Jewish Teachings in classes alive with discussion - whether studying texts in English, Hebrew or Aramaic. You'll be immersed in Jewish Values and have powerful Jewish experiences in a communty of peers. And you'll decide who YOU will be as a Jewish Adult.
Through studies, relationships with Israeli teenagers, and a rela-world, travel experience to Israel, you will feel part of the worldwide Jewish people and build deep connecetions to Israel - modern and ancient people and land.
We encourage students to think about what being Jewish means to them. How do they think about Jewish observance and culture? Where do they see themselves in relation to a community? Through rituals and traditions, through conversations and discussions, presentations and lectures, prayer or reflections, students take up the challenge of defining for themselves what values they will carry with them as adults.
More formal activities such as those described below are complemented by informal conversations—a chat with an advisor, a sleep-over at a friend’s house, a story shared with a classmate. What we have at Gann is a community that encourages mutual respect as well as curiosity and makes a place for the serious consideration of personal values, community values and life’s meaning and purpose.