Upper School, 6-12, Class Offerings
Sixth Grade: Torah and Avodah
Students explore their relationship to God and sacred community through lessons of Torah and the content of prayer. Student build skills necessary to develop a dvar torah as well as lead a service. Families participate in a family program that kicks off each semester's program as well as Shabbat worship experiences throughout the year. Students will continue their Hebrew studies through an onlinme verson of Mitkadem or by joining fellow 6th graders at the Temple for an hour-long Hebrew lab once a week on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. Class meets once a Week – Either Sunday 11:15 am – 1:15 pm OR Tuesday 5:30 – 7:30
pm, including Sunday bagel breakfast OR Tuesday dinner. Selected Shabbatot and Sundays for family programs.
Seventh Grade: Gemilut Chasadim and Holocaust Studies
Students grapple with issues of the Shoah and explore personal responsibility in tikkun olam, making the world a better place. Students will have the opportunity to begin to build a mitzvah project for their bnai mitzvah. Class meets once a Week – Either Sunday 11:15 am – 1:15 pm OR Tuesday 5:30 – 7:30
pm, including Sunday bagel breakfast OR Tuesday dinner. Selected Sundays
for family programs.
A 6th and 7th Grade school calendar is available here.
Eighth Grade: Pre-Pathways
As Jewish adults beginning to choose their own Jewish learning paths, 8th graders have the choice of four core curriculum options: Jewish Debate Club and J-SAG Jewish Screen Actors Guild which meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, Service Learning Adventure Days which meet monthly on Sundays for full-day service trips, and One-on-one Hebrew tutoring which can be scheduled at the student's convenience. For further information about the options available, and to sign up please visit this form.
Ninth Grade: Pathways
In this innovative pilot program, 9th grade students will create a unique and individualized Jewish learning path, allowing teens to connect in their own personal way to the Temple, each other, and their own Jewish identities. For further information about the options available, and to sign up please visit this form.
Tenth Grade: Confirmation
Learning from Clergy and making a personal commitment to Judaism
A fantastic and unique opportunity for 10th grade students to study exclusively with our rabbis! The Confirmation program encourages an open exchange of ideas, opinions and questions. Topics include, but are not limited to, theology, Israel, the Ten Commandments, and what it means to be a Jew in the modern world. The year-long program culminates in a meaningful Shabbat morning service and ceremony in which all Confirmands participate. All students will participate in the exciting, meaningful Religious Action Center (RAC) weekend in Washington, DC, as they find the Jewish principles they have learned come to life.
Once a Week – Wednesday 5:30-7:15 including dinner. RAC Trip March 7-10, 2014
Eleventh and Twelfth Grades: Israel Moadon: Teen Israel Club
Bringing Israel to lives and hearts of our teenage students
Curriculum for this program will include using Informal Education methodologies for 11th and 12th grade students who would like to learn about and become more engaged with education, politics, advocacy, and connection to the land and people of Israel.
Once a month on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:15 pm including dinner
Eleventh and Twelfth Grades: Senior Seminar
Nourishment for the body and soul
Students will meet once a month with Rabbi Stein, Rabbi Strom, and Mindy Davids to study Jewish texts with an eye towards their everyday lives. It is a terrific opportunity for students in 11th and 12th grad to continue their Jewish exploration and education, while enjoying socializing with their friends and classmates.
Two to three times a month on Wednesdays 5:30-7:15 pm including dinner
Teachers' Assistant Program for Ninth through Twelfth Grades
Student leaders assist in Religious School classrooms for younger students
We prize our many Teaching Assistants who bring their learning and enthusiasm to our lower school classes and our office each week. TA's attend a fall orientation and Wednesday night update meetings a few times during the school year, learning valuable leadership skills as they build relationships with teachers, students, and each other. TA's may elect to be paid or receive community service credit.
TA slots available during K-5 class hours AND occasional Wednesday meetings including dinner
TaSTY: Youth Group for Ninth through Twelfth Grades
Informal Education program for High School students
TaSTY offers education, social and community service events for high school students. TaSTY hosts a monthly Wednesday night "lounge night" where students get together for programming and to hang out. Topics include teen, world, and community issues. TaSTY holds a monthly board meeting on these nights where our student leaders plan and discuss upcoming events for the youth group. TaSTY functions as a youth organization within the North American Federation of Temple Youth. As a member of NFTY and the region NAR (NFTY New York Area Region), our youth group participates in local, regional, and national events.