January Teacher Q+A Part One- Mr. Shine

Mr. Shine
Photo by Samantha Simon.

The Q+A- two student, two teachers, each month. This month we sat down with Jewish Studies teacher Mr. Jeremy Shine.

Conducted by Leigh Jacobson


Common misconception about teachers: I don’t know any.

Most creative gift, given or received: “Touring England: An entirely new and up-to-date map game (based on the original 1930’s game).”

Movie you’ve seen the most: Chipwrecked.

Book you’ve read most: Aside from the Tanakh, Yuri Lotman’s “Universe of the Mind.”

Fictional character you identify with: Alvin the Chipmunk.

Obsolete item you won’t trash: All the tags with my name on that I receive at conferences and professional development days.

What you wanted to be at age 10: Prime Minister of Israel.

Student pet peeve: When they assume I’m Canadian.

Procrastination technique: Watching “24,” because in the show itself it keeps track of time.

Secret hobby: “The Tuesday Club” – a podcast about the Arsenal Football Club.

Favorite historical figure: Ramban (aka Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman aka Nahmanides).

Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere: Anything by Modigliani.

Movie star you always wanted to be: Danny Devito.

Favorite gadget: Can-opener.

Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party: Yuri Lotman.

The last meal you had: Vicki’s!!!!!

Funniest English word(s): They’re all funny.

Most memorable teaching experience: While referring to the thunder and lightening during the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai mentioned in the Tanakh, the classroom at Temple Emanu-el in San Francisco began to shake–there was a minor earthquake. We were on the fifth floor.

Most-visited website, why: BBC Sports Football. Why? Because it tells me about the Arsenal F.C.

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show: Firefly.

Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk: The electronic-powered pencil sharpener (who could have imagined one of those 100 years ago).