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).