Designed to encourage students to pursue academic, athletic or community service co-curricular activities, Ma’ayanot’s Club Hour meets on Wednesdays from 4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Club Hour is mandatory for freshmen and sophomores, and optional for juniors and seniors. Current Club Hour offerings, many of which have come about as a result of student requests, are numerous and varied, including all of the following:
Our annual musical performance combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of the musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through words, music, movement and technical aspects of the performance as an integrated whole. Mrs. Joyce Heller and Mrs. Beth Selter work tirelessly with a superb cast of both actors and non-actors to present excellent theater. Recent productions have included My Fair Lady and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Practices take place during club hour on Wednesdays and become more intensive as the performance approaches. Tryouts for all interested students are before Sukkot.
We are thrilled to partner with Tutoring Solutions Group to offer separate SAT and ACT introductory courses for Ma’ayanot students for just $50. These courses provide an introduction to the SAT or ACT and guide students for subsequent study after the culmination of the course.
The 6 sessions will be taught during club hour on Wednesdays and are open to all interested students.
The goal of the art club, led by Mrs. Natalia Kadish, is to help students see and experience the beauty of artistic compositions while guiding the development of their own abilities of artistic expression, including the ability to give expression to their spiritual selves through a medium other than the written or spoken word.
Art Club meets during club hour on Wednesdays and is open to all interested students.
The CPR certification club provides students with the skills and tools necessary to provide life-saving assistance for a person during an emergency. Students learn how to recognize and care for a variety of first aid situations, and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies until more advanced medical personnel take over. The club is taught by an Emergency Medical professional.
CPR certification meets on Wednesdays during club hour and is open to all interested students.
The Dance Team, led by Ms. Alexandra Finkelstein, provides an opportunity for students with a passion for dance to express themselves. It enables students to discover their own innate capacity for the communication of ideas, thoughts, and feelings through the medium of dance. Students will learn creative dance forms and techniques as they prepare a routine that will be presented at the Rikudiah competition in November.
The Dance team meets during club hour on Wednesday and is open to all interested students.
Ma’ayanot puts on a drama performance every spring under the supervision of Mr. Matt Okin of Black Box Studios. The drama is a creative outlet for theatrically minded students to participate in all aspects of play production, including performance, direction, design, technical support and publicity. Students will learn how to interpret key scenes in a story, develop improvisation skills and techniques, and stage plays, all while having a lot of fun.
Practices take place during club hour on Wednesdays and become more intensive as the performance approaches. Auditions take place in December.
The Fashion, Tech and Tinkering club explores how technology in the world around us works, and tries to recreate it in ways that can be used in our daily life. For example, students in this club might make working speakers for their phones, touch-sensitive gloves to wear in the cold weather, and stop-motion movies. Tinkering with the technology of every day is what makes the club exciting.
The Fashion, Tech and Tinkering club meets during club hour on Wednesdays and is open to all interested students.
Heartbeats is a student- initiated, student-created, student-directed and student-performed “night of song, dance and connection." Each year Heartbeats organizers choose a charity to which the proceeds of that year’s performances will be donated. In the last three years almost $25,000 has been donated to a variety of organizations that work to benefit Israel and children, including Save a Child’s Heart and the Lone Soldier Center.
This year's production will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Practices will take place once a week during lunch and during club hour on Wednesdays. Tryouts will take place in September before Sukkot.
The Journalism club, led by Mrs. Enid Goldberg, affords students an opportunity to learn how to write articles that editors love to publish. No experience needed: this club is for students who are interested in learning about journalistic writing, layout, and photography. The meetings will also be open to more experienced students, on a drop-in basis, who wish to brush up on their knowledge in certain areas.
This club will help students learn how to write exciting news articles, fascinating features, in-depth editorials, and more. Students will hone their interviewing, writing and editing skills, as well as come up with interesting ideas of their own. There will be opportunities to learn about online layout as well as photo journalism. Finally, students will be able to submit articles for publication in Ma’ayanot’s new, amazing online publication: ThE-Source!
The Journalism club will on Wednesdays during club hour and is open to all interested students.
The Pay it Forward club, started in the fall of 2010, provides an opportunity for Ma’ayanot students to give back to their community by tutoring elementary and middle school children. Supervised by Mrs. Ivy Weiner, our students provide homework help to elementary age children and act as mentors for the club participants as well. The children actually look forward to doing their homework each Wednesday and to hanging out with their ‘big sisters!'
Pay it Forward meets every Wednesday during club hour and is open to all interested students.
The photography club is where students of all backgrounds and skill levels can come together and explore the medium of photography and related media. The club will specialize in improving students’ skills with digital cameras; they will learn techniques for taking aesthetically pleasing pictures, such as exposure and lighting, and they will have the opportunity to creatively express their passions through photography.
The photography Club meets during club hour on Wednesdays and is open to all interested students.
Shakespeare Experience is a new club at Ma’ayanot, led by Mrs. Enid Goldberg. Its objective is to focus on one Shakespeare play in depth during each school year. This year, the club will focus on the comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The club will study the play, act by act, and then begin rehearsals for a “reading performance” of the play for the entire Ma’ayanot student body in the spring.
The reading will be accompanied by a pantomime performance of the play by club members. One scene will be memorized, so that Ma’ayanot may join other Yeshiva League schools in participating in the Yeshiva League “Envision Shakespeare” competition in March.
The Shakespeare Experience will meet during lunch once a week. It is open to all interested students.
The Yoga club, led by Ms. Carol Berlin, is a practical, methodical, and systematic discipline or set of techniques that have the lofty goal of helping human beings become aware of their deepest nature; it is the embodiment of focus, discipline, and unwavering concentration. Students will be trained how to perfect yoga poses and breath control exercises, and they will learn how to challenge their minds and bodies to achieve a ‘higher state of being.'
Yoga meets during club hour on Wednesdays and is open to all interested students.
The Zumba club, led by Marta Baez, is a class that disguises exercise as fun.
Zumba is a dance workout phenomenon that was created by accident by Alberto “Beto” Perez, a fitness instructor from Colombia, in the mid-90s when he forgot the traditional aerobics music for a class. He improvised with the music he could find, and a new workout was designed. Zumba combines Latin and International music with an enjoyable and effective workout system. The goal of Zumba is to provide accessible fitness without the strain and sacrifice of traditional exercise.
Zumba meets during club hour on Wednesdays and is open to all interested students.