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. Each activity must have at least 5 children registered in order for it to run, (except Krav Maga where the minimum is 7).

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.

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Grades 1-3

9:30 AM

Israeli Storytime | 9:30 AM
with Adi Varon

Listen to a classic Israeli children’s book (read aloud in English).

  • Each day we will meet new characters and follow their adventures
  • After the story, we will do an activity complementing the story.

One day we will be gardeners and plant a seed; another day we will make a unique collage, and on another, we will go on a scavenger hunt, and more.

A list of materials will be sent closer to date.

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.

Moving Through Music | 10:30 AM
with Lindsay Rader

We will learn about musical notation and rhythm through body movement and singing. We will also write a song as a group.

Fun with Modern Hebrew | 10:30 AM
with Bracha Boxer

Campers will learn to make short sentences in Hebrew, taught through songs and games. Vocabulary will include:

  • greetings
  • body parts
  • counting
  • weather
  • family
  • colours
  • and more

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!

Beginner Ballet and Contemporary Jazz Dance | 11:30 AM
with Hannah Surette

The week will include two beginner ballet classes and two beginner contemporary jazz classes on alternate days. On Friday, we will learn a short choreography that brings together different elements from both the ballet and the contemporary jazz classes. Each class will start with a fun warm up and end with a relaxing cool down.

Krav Maga: an introduction to Israeli Self-Defense | 11:30 AM
with Niv Goffman

Campers will learn a little about Krav Maga, how it has developed and why the Israeli Army teaches it to soldiers. Campers will learn some basic Krav Maga techniques and moves. Each class will include a warm-up, demonstration and practice and cool-down with time for discussion and questions

Grades 4-6

10:30 AM

Colour Your Dreams! | 10:30 AM
with Martine Ashby

Guided by their art animator, the children will learn and experiment with different artistic techniques and give free rein to their imaginations. From the comfort of their homes, campers will carry out different individual works (drawing, painting, modeling, etc.) and will connect with other participants through Zoom. A new theme each week.

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.

Beginner Ballet and Contemporary Jazz Dance | 10: 30 AM
with Hannah Surette

The week will include two beginner ballet classes and two beginner contemporary jazz classes on alternate days. On Friday, we will learn a short choreography that brings together different elements from both the ballet and the contemporary jazz classes. Each class will start with a fun warm up and end with a relaxing cool down.

Krav Maga: an introduction to Israeli Self-Defense | 10:30 AM
with Niv Goffman

Campers will learn a little about Krav Maga, how it has developed and why the Israeli Army teaches it to soldiers. Campers will learn some basic Krav Maga techniques and moves. Each class will include a warm-up, demonstration and practice and cool-down with time for discussion and questions

11:30 AM

Survival Skills | 11:30 AM
with Nitzan Diskin

Learn basic survival and outdoor skills through fun hands-on activities. These will include:

  • making a compass and a sundial,
  • experiments in building a shelter
  • making a water purifier
  • getting to know the animals in your backyard
  • and more.

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! 

Moving Through Music | 11:30 AM
with Lindsay Rader

We will learn about musical notation and rhythm through body movement and singing, in addition to writing a song as a group

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.

Fun with Modern Hebrew | 11:30 AM
with Bracha Boxer

Campers will learn to make short sentences in Hebrew, taught through songs and games. Vocabulary will include:

  • greetings
  • body parts
  • counting
  • weather
  • family
  • colours
  • and more

Bios of Facilitators

Martine Ashby

I have been in the art and culture field since I was young. I studied Fine Arts in college (Lionel-Groulx) and university (UQAM and Concordia). My first loves are painting and journaling, but I truly enjoy exploring all forms of visual art expression (drawing, sculpture, etc.) I completed my MA in Creative Art Therapy at Concordia University, and I now work as a professional art therapist with children, adolescents and adults in various clinical settings where I support them in their self-expression through arts and crafts. I have lots of experience teaching children’s art classes, and I love working with groups, whether in art education or art therapy. I am looking forward to meeting you and sharing my art skills with you!

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!

Bracha Boxer

My name is Bracha Boxer. At Temple, I have been teaching Hebrew and Judaica for many years. The last few years, I have been teaching Hebrew to grades 4, 5, and 6 as well as working with grade 7 students, both as a group and individually, helping them prepare for their B’nei Mitzvah.

I moved to Canada from Israel after serving in the army and completing my studies at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center affiliated with the University of Tel-Aviv. In Canada, I went to Concordia where I completed a degree in Early Childhood Education and then was a teacher at J.P.P.S for many years.

Nitzan Diskin

For the last 5 years, I worked in a youth organization called “Green Horizon – JNF” in Israel. This goal of the organization is to educate Israeli youth through the outdoors. My role was to coordinate regional activities in the north of Israel and to be a guide during the wilderness education weeks.
My passion in life is to instill others what being outdoors gave me: the ability to better understand my own needs and to learn to be “one” with the nature that surrounds us. I moved to Montreal a year ago with my partner who is studying at McGill. I am thrilled to leap outside my comfort zone and to have the opportunity to live in a different country and experience a new culture first-hand.

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!

Niv Goffman

I was born on a kibbutz in the Upper Galilee. At the age if 11, I was diagnosed with ADHD and so, my parents send me to a an Israeli Combat Class where I learned Krav Maga. Since then, I have been Israel’s national Krav Maga champion three times. I have a black belt in Israeli Combat and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I have extensive experience teaching Krav Maga to children, teens and adults. I currently live in Toronto where I opened a Krav Maga centre. Thanks to the technology of Zoom, I look forward to bring Krav Maga to you!

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!

Lindsay Rader

Hello everyone! I’m Lindsay, a musician originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to Montreal last year to continue studying music theory at McGill, and I’m currently teaching piano and music theory privately in addition to studying. Although my main instrument is piano, I also sing and dabble with guitar. I love playing and listening to all kinds of music, from classical to hip hop, and even more interesting to me is learning about what makes the music work. I’m very excited to host a music workshop for you this summer!

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.”

Hannah Surette

Hi! My name is Hannah Surette; I am a Montreal dancer who began my dance studies at the age of two at LATMontreal.dance. I danced on their competitive team from 2013 until 2019. I am now a teacher at the dance school. I am also currently studying dance at Cégep de Saint-Laurent.

Adi Varon Feldman

I am an educator and group facilitator. I serve as the Israel Engagement program director at Federation CJA. Before arriving in Montreal (in August 2019) as Montreal’s community shlicha (emissary), I worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem, creating educational content.

I have an MA in Jewish Studies from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, a B.Ed. in Informal Education & Jewish Studies from Beit Berl College, and a Teacher’s Certificate in Jewish Studies. I was a Jewish Agency shlicha in Newfoundland, so this is not my first time living in Canada.

I was born and raised in Jerusalem; today I make my home about 20 minutes outside of the city. Right now, I am living in NDG with my husband and three children.