Maimonides Moot Court High School Cohort
All sessions will be held on Zoom on Thursdays from 7:00-8:15 PM Eastern
October 21-December 16
Join a cohort of high school students for weekly learning sessions to prepare for the Maimonides Moot Court Competition. The competition is structured around a detailed case alongside a sourcebook of traditional and modern Jewish texts. Students construct arguments from the curated texts to address the questions presented by the case before a panel of judges.
Over the course of eight virtual meetings, students will do a deep dive into the sourcebook material. Framed around a contested social media page, the case challenges students to explore how Jewish laws around speech and shaming can be applied to a modern context.
Students who attend this cohort are welcome to participate in the MMCC shabbaton and competition (March 24-27, 2022) at the Pearlstone Center in Maryland, together with students from around the world.
This class is designed for high school students of all backgrounds. The competition does not require any previous experience with Jewish text study or formal debate. All texts will be presented in the original language alongside English translation.
Tuition for these 8 sessions is a sliding scale from $36-$180. Attendance at the Shabbaton and competition (March 24-27, 2022) is a sliding scale from $150-$300. For information about scholarships, please email Yitzhak Bronstein at [email protected].
Jamie Weisbach is currently studying towards Rabbinic ordination at Hadar's Advanced Kollel. Jamie grew up in Hyde Park, Chicago, and attended Bowdoin College, where he studied theater and religion. He has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva, the Drisha Summer Kollel, the SVARA full-time program, and Yeshivat Hadar ('17-'19). In his free time he serves on the ritual committee of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center, cooks elaborate vegan shabbat meals, and hangs out with his husband and cats.