Temple Zoom Camp

Not sure how to keep your campers happy this summer? Here’s a new option!
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom is delighted to announce a new offering for families of primary school-aged children.

Temple Zoom Camp begins on Monday, July 13 and runs for two weeks. (Additional weeks may be added, based on interest). Activities will be are offered daily from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, in 45 to 50 minutes sessions. The same activities will be offered each week; if children sign up for the second week of the same activity, the facilitators will adjust accordingly. Campers will be grouped by age: entering grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6. On Fridays, all campers will have the option of ending the week together with a brief Kabbalat Shabbat program at 12:30 pm.

You can register your child for as many activities as they would like. The cost of each activity is $40 per week for Temple members and $50 per week for Friends of Temple, which covers the cost of our facilitators.

We understand that Temple Zoom Camp is a completely new program. If you’d like to have your child attend a free trial class, we are happy to oblige. Please understand that we have minimums (and limits) on the number of participants in any given activity, so we can only guarantee space to those who register and pay ahead of time.If you prefer to start with a trial session, please email Rabbi Greenspan.

Continue reading for descriptions of the activities and scroll to the bottom of the page for the bios of our facilitators.

Please note that the registration form shows more activities than you see below; unfortunately, we had to cancel some activities due to lack of enrollment. Please refer to the descriptions below when filling out the registration form.

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Grades 1-3

10:30 AM

Sid’s Kitchen | 10:30 AM
with Sidney Hacker

Grab your apron and join Sid in the kitchen! During each session, we will make simple and delicious treats! We will also produce a cookbook with all of our recipes.

11:30 AM

How our globe works | 11:30 AM
with Inga Boianju

Campers will learn basic concepts of geology using materials we all have around the house. Through fun and engaging experiments, kids will learn about:

  • volcanoes (by making their own from scratch!)
  • what kinds of rocks we can find in our backyards (or in local parks)
  • the movement of tectonic plates
  • fossils
  • layers of the earth
  • and more.

Creative Kids | 11:30 AM
with Sidney Hacker

Grab your paint brushes and your smock, and meet me at the easel! Every day, we will create art inspired by the “artist of the day”. At the end of each session, we will invite your friends and family to our virtual art gallery!

Grades 4-6

10:30 AM

Make your Own Profile Page | 10:30 AM
with Shai Gilboa

In this workshop, we will learn the basics of HTML and CSS, and we will make a profile page! We will cover the fundamentals of programming and web design.

  • This is a ‘text based’ workshop
  • It requires a more technical approach and typing
  • By the end, you will have your own web page!

How Our Globe Works | 10:30 AM
with Inga Boianju

Campers will learn basic concepts of geology using materials we all have around the house. Through fun and engaging experiments, kids will learn about:

  • volcanoes (by making their own from scratch!)
  • what kinds of rocks we can find in our backyards (or in local parks)
  • the movement of tectonic plates
  • fossils
  • layers of the earth
  • and more.

11:30 AM

Make Your First (and second, and third and more!) Game | 11:30 AM
with Shai Gilboa

In this workshop, we will learn the foundations of coding, algorithms, loops, variables, true/false statements and more! Using Scratch, a drag and drop tool for new coders, we will create our own games!

Here is an example of what we can make.

  • This is an introductory coding workshop
  • No pre-requisites! 

Making music with Jake! | 11:30 AM
with Jake Smith

A fun Music Appreciation workshop in which we explore the differences between noise and sound, and we learn how a group of different sounds come together to form a song.

The activities will be tailored to those who sign up.

Bios of Facilitators

Inga Boianju

Hi, my name is Inga and I love rocks! I’m currently pursuing a PhD in geology at McGill and working on fossilized earthquakes in the mountains of Namibia. I moved to Montreal a year and a half ago (and I am loving it!). I’m Israeli, and spent the last 8 years before coming to Canada living and studying in Jerusalem.

I have experience in teaching geology to both academics and the general public, and teach a geology 101 course to Israeli tour guides through Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The craziest, most magnificent things that make our earth move are so much fun and intuitive to understand through basic demonstrations and experiments, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!

Shai Gilboa

Hi! My name is Shai Gilboa. I grew up in Jerusalem, and came to Montreal several years ago. I’m a teacher at Torah school, and just finished a Web Development course at Concordia University. I’m excited to teach coding and web development fundamentals in the Temple online summer camp! Other than teaching and coding, I’m also interested in Philosophy and Math, and I am finishing my bachelor’s degree from an Israeli online university. I hope to see you in my workshop!

Sidney Hacker

This past year, I was the Torah School teacher for grades 3 and 4, and I loved it! This fall, I will be entering my third year at McGill University studying Anthropology and Indigenous Studies. In my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar. You might also find me cooking in the kitchen, usually not following the recipe!

Jake Smith

I started singing at the age of 5 and went on to sing in competitive small ensembles and choirs. I majored in Musical Theatre Performance, (with a double minor in Psychopathology and Classical Literature), at Wagner College in NYC. I played clarinet in the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO) for several years and later picked up Piano and Guitar. I lead First Friday services and the Shabbat morning Family Service at Temple. I am the front man and songwriter for the band Lakes of Canada. I have been teaching privately for twelve years and I am the head of music at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire, (but sadly, no camp this summer). I won a Juno award for album of the year and a Grammy Award for Rock Performance of the Year for my work on Leonard Cohen’s “You Want it Darker.”