j*star (Jewish Students Taking Action and Responsibility) is a four-semester program designed to empower and inspire students during and following the B’nei Mitzvah process. In 6th and 7th Grade, students delve into Jewish values, Jewish heritage, and prayer leadership. In the Fall semester of 8th Grade, they are invited to join Pathways and enroll in electives with the high school students.
Please Note: Enrollment in Temple Shaaray Tefila Religious School is available to member families in good standing.
Hopes and Dreams
Sundays 9:00-11:30am OR Mondays 4:00-6:00pm AND (Online) Tuesdays for 1/2 hour Small Group Hebrew sessions between 4:00-6:00pm OR Mondays (in person) from 3:00-4:00pm
Students wrestle with Torah stories and the character traits of our biblical ancestors to understand what being Jewish means to them today. They connect these traits to modern role models by conducting interviews with TST congregants and staff. In this way, they learn how the character traits of our ancestors impact their lives. These interviews enhance their relationship to Temple Shaaray Tefila. 6th graders also participate in 3-4 programs about the meaning and purpose of Bar/Bat Mitzvah along with a day-long family retreat.. 6th graders study Hebrew in small groups on Zoom to continue building prayer fluency and understanding.