Pathways: For Students in Grades 8-12



About Pathways:

Pathways is our unique education program for students in Grades 8-12. This innovative program offers Jewish opportunities to our teens, catering learning experiences to individual students—their personal topics of interest, their preferred learning setting, and their own schedules. We seek feedback in an interactive process from the students themselves and create learning experiences based on this feedback. Our students engage in Jewish learning in a wide variety of ways, such as monthly service learning field trips, bi-weekly classes, serving as teaching assistants (TAs) in our Religious School programs, Teen Exchange, Israel Moadon, individualized Hebrew lessons, TaSTY (our senior youth group) leadership, our social action / social justice trips, and so much more. All forms of engagement are encouraged and valued. Students can participate in one or more of these exciting opportunities. Please note that all Grade 8-12 activities are considered to be part of the Pathways program including TaSTY, the TA program, and educational trips and require Pathways registration.

While Pathways experiences will be planned based on students’ chosen activities and schedule, many options are offered on Wednesday evenings. All Pathways students are invited to dinner from 5:30-6:00 pm. Classes and activities run from 6:00-7:10 pm and 7:15-8:15 pm.


Check Out the 2016-2017 Pathways Class Offerings!


Wednesday Pathways


Jewish Culture Club (Grades 8-12) *

Participate in hands-on learning about Jewish culture through experiencing and engaging in Jewish film, food, photography, music, and art! Jewish culture has a long and rich history that students will explore through a variety of activities to find their own place in the landscape of Jewish culture. The class meets from 6:00-7:10 pm and will take place bi-weekly, beginning on October 19. Taught by Rabbinic Student Sarah Berman. Dates: 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/8, 4/5, 4/26, 5/10


Holocaust Studies (Grades 8-12) *

Students will experience a more in-depth study of the Holocaust than in past years. Through a variety of different lessons, this class will cover everything from the events leading up to The Holocaust, to Jewish resistance, to the impact and legacy of one of the most profound events in Jewish – and world – history. Sessions will be biweekly, beginning on October 5. Taught by Rabbinic Student Rachel Heaps. Dates: 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 3/1, 3/15, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17


Bubbe & Zayde's Kitchen  (Grades 8-12)

Meet with seniors in our community to share family stories and family recipes as we participate in an inter-generational cooking class with a master chef. Each session will focus on a different holiday or cultural theme, during which teens and seniors will demonstrate their family recipes for the rest of the group. This program has a maximum of 20 participants and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Taught by Chef Sara Fry and Rabbinic Student Hilly Haber. This special Pathway will meet from 6:00-8:15 pm on 10/5, 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3.


Israel Mo'adon: Teen Israel Club (Grades 8-12) *

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about and become engaged with all aspects of Israeli culture in order to build connections to the land and people of Israel. This class will meet monthly from 6:00-7:10 pm. Taught by Rabbinic Student Deena Gottlieb. Dates: 10/19, 11/9, 12/14, 1/18, 2/8, 3/8, 4/19, 5/17.


TaSTY: Senior Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

Temple Shaaray Tefila Youth, our senior youth group, offers monthly Lounge Nights during our Wednesday night from 7:15-8:15 pm as well as other exciting social, cultural, religious, and social action activities throughout the year. TaSTY offers many opportunities for leadership. Board meetings on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15 pm are open to all high school students. For a full listing of youth programs and dates, please visit: TaSTY BrochureYouth Programming Brochure


Just 8 Youth Programming (Grade 8)

This Youth Group just for 8th Graders provides community-building and social networking for our students, exciting programs and trips, and connections to TaSTY in preparation for high school & senior youth group. For a full listing of youth programs and dates, please visit: Youth Programming Brochure


Sunday Pathways


Mitzvah Corps (Grades 8-12) *

What makes social justice Jewish? YOU! Come be part of the answer! We will explore this connection through exciting experiences out in the community, being part of making this world better by participating in meaningful social action projects throughout the year. Join our Assistant Rabbi, Beni Wajnberg, as we roll our sleeves up, open our minds, and embark on a life changing journey. Dates: 10/16, 11/20, 12/11, 1/29, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7


Rosh Chodesh (Girls in Grades 6-8)

This program is an exciting program based on the Jewish tradition of women’s New Moon celebrations to build self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills, and friendship networks of adolescent girls. Our program has been shaped to fit the needs of our girls at Shaaray Tefila. Girls meet on Sunday afternoons following Religious School for lunch and engaging and social programmatic session in a supportive environment. Meets Sundays 1:15- 3:00 pm and select Shabbatot. For a full listing of youth programs and dates, please visit: Youth Programming Brochure


Teaching Opportunities


TA - Teaching Assistant Program (Grades 9-12)

Work as a team with a teacher in grades K-6 in a Sunday-Wednesday classroom to teach lessons, support students with challenges and assist with progress reports and lesson planning.  TA's are expected to attend periodic professional development meetings. In order to become a TA, you must also fill out the application found on the Pathways registration form.


TA-in-Training (Grade 8 or new TA's)

Designed especially for 8th graders and new TAs, this program will teach essential skills to becoming a teaching assistant, including leadership development, students' learning styles, classroom management and more!  8th graders will enter the classroom as junior TA's in the spring semester. Dates: 10/16, 11/20, 12/11, 1/29, 2/5, 3/5 from 9:45-11:00 am.


Teen Travel Opportunities


Teen Travel Program (Grades 8-12)

Visit New Orleans, the American South, or DC with friends from Shaaray Tefila! Our teen only trips include Jewish learning and community service as well as lots of fun! For those registered for trips this year - our NOLA, Civil Rights, or Religious Action Center trip, we offer learning sessions to deepen the trip experiences. Before the trip, participants will engage in learning about the topic of the trip, and after the trip participants will process the experience together as a group. Additional fees and registration are required to participate in trips. 


Teen Exchange Seminar (Grades 10-12)

Teens will visit Israel at the end of December and Ohel Avraham/Leo Baeck teens will visit New York in the spring.  The teen exchange seminar meets on Wednesdays (and some Sundays and other days) to prepare for the exchange.  These sessions include team building, education on Israel, and discussions to prepare for traveling to Israel and hosting a student in the spring.  Additional fees are required to be part of this program, and students must complete an application process in order to be selected. For more information, please visit: Teen Exchange Info Packet


Independent Study Options


One-on-one Hebrew or Yiddish Tutoring

Study your kind of Hebrew on your own schedule! Modern Hebrew, learning additional tropes, a focus on translation skills, more prayers, the options are endless. Even get started learning some Yiddish! For those students who have not yet become a bar or bat mitzvah, this tutoring will begin at the conclusion of the bnai mitzvah tutoring process and can be arranged through the Religious School.


Shir Leadership: An Opportunity for Young Synagogue Musicians

Want to participate in leading a Shabbat service from our bimah? Are you humming Shabbat tunes in the shower? Do you play an instrument? Would you like to inspire those around you with your music? If your answer is "yes", this unique innovative opportunity is for you. You'll have an opportunity to explore Jewish music and Shabbat prayers first hand while leading, along with the clergy, some of our Friday night Shabbat services. Open to post B'nai Mitzvah students who love to sing or/and play an instrument and would like to experience themselves as service leaders. Rehearsal sessions to be scheduled individually in accordance with your schedule.


Independent Learning Project

Any student who wishes to pursue other types of learning beyond what we are offering this year is encouraged to develop his or her own learning experience, from pursuing an ongoing mitzvah project to chanting Torah to developing a Jewish book club with friends. On the Pathways registration form, we will ask you to describe in a sentence or two what your idea is for your own Jewish learning this year, and Meredith Lubin, our Assistant Principal, will be in touch with you to discuss these options.


*These class options require a minimum participation of 8 students.




Contact Assistant Principal, Meredith Lubin to discuss 2016-2017 Pathways classes.