The Stories of Bereshit
Course Developed by Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
Fuchs Mizrachi School
This course will explore the first half of the Book of Bereshit with an emphasis on the philosophical and psychological insights the book communicates to us as human beings in general, and as Jews in particular. Students will gain an understanding of how the lessons and stories of Bereshit relate to their own journey--where they have come from and where they are heading, as well as choices they have made. We will explore how the teachings of the Book of Genesis are meant to prevent and correct the mistakes that people are inclined to make. Students will learn that careful reading of a text opens the door to deeper and more meaningful understandings of characters, their struggles and the messages of the story.
Rabbi Schindelheim has taught upper school Judaic studies at the Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland since 2013. His informal educational experience includes over a decade of working at Camp Stone in a variety of capacities. After studying in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel for three years, Rabbi Schindelheim earned his B.A. in psychology from Yeshiva College and studied at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS). He has a Master of Education degree in School Psychology and is currently completing an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from John Carroll University, en route to becoming a licensed School Psychologist. Rabbi Schindelheim is passionate about learning and teaching Torah, Zionism, coaching high school basketball and helping kids overcome challenges to become their best selves. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, Louisa and their two adorable children.