Upper School Grades 6-12

Upper School, 6-12, Class Offerings 2017-18
Pathways

Grades 6-7: THE WORDS OF TORAH AND PRAYER COME TO LIFE

Grade 6 and 7 families are offered two program choices:  MASA, our family-based program, as well as our once-a-week Religious School classes.  Both programs meet all Religious School requirements for Grade 6 and 7.

MASA

MASA, the Hebrew word for journey, is a program that brings parents and children together to learn and experience Jewish life in a non-classroom setting.  Families develop friendships and a special connection to our sacred community.  MASA includes deep learning, time to share a snack, and a wonderful worship experience at Sunday sessions. 
Sunday 3:00-5:30 pm (as per calendar) and selected Shabbatot and Jewish holidays. 

Grades 6 MASA: Torah, Avodah (Worship), Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Love and Kindness)
Learning with the clergy, students explore their relationship to God and sacred community through the lessons of Torah and the content of prayer.  Students build skills necessary to develop a dvar torah as well as lead a service. Students explore personal responsibility for tikkun olam, making the world a better place. Students will have the opportunity to begin to build mitzvah projects for their bnai mitzvah. The year will include family programs as well as Shabbat Worship Experiences.

Grade 6 Hebrew Requirements are fulfilled through one of our two options:

  1. One-on-One Hebrew lessons – students come to the Temple for weekly half-hour individual lessons. Additional fee of $1000 applies.
  2. Hebrew at Shaaray Tefila – students come to the Temple for a 45 minute group Hebrew t'filah practice once a week

Students remain in one of the above Hebrew options until they enter the Bnai Mitzvah training program approximately 12 months prior to their bar/bat mitzvah ceremony.  Families will choose their preferred Hebrew option by completing the Grade 6 MASA tutoring form.  

 

Grade 7 MASA: Jewish Culture
Grade 7 MASA students will learn about Jewish culture in a class at their own level, while participating in some of the large group family activities and serving as Jewish culture “experts” in some of the programs with our younger students.  

 

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Religious School classes meet once a week according to the school calendar and include classroom learning, a meal, and t’filah worship experiences each week. Either Sunday 11:15 am-1:15 pm OR Tuesday 5:30-7:30 pm

Grade 6 Sunday and Tuesday: Torah, Avodah (Worship), Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Love and Kindness)
Sunday 11:15 am-1:15 pm OR Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm, including Sunday bagel breakfast OR Tuesday dinner. Selected Shabbatot and Sunday afternoons for family programs may also be scheduled as part of the program. 

Learning with the clergy, students explore their relationship to God and sacred community through the lessons of Torah and the content of prayer.  Students build skills necessary to develop a dvar torah as well as lead a service. Students explore personal responsibility for tikkun olam, making the world a better place. Students will have the opportunity to build mitzvah projects for their bnai mitzvah. The year will include family programs as well as Shabbat worship experiences.   

 

Grade 7 Tuesday: Mini-Pathways Experience
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm, including dinner.  Selected Shabbatot and Sunday afternoons for family programs may also be scheduled as part of the program.  Hebrew Requirements are fulfilled through the Bnai Mitzvah training program.

As a prelude to our innovative 8th-12th Grade Pathways program, we invite our 7th Grade students to choose from a variety of elective courses each trimester throughout the year. Courses will be designed by our clergy and senior educators and will be based on the expressed interest of the students. 

 

Grade 7 Sunday: Mitzvah Corps
Sunday 11:15 am-1:15 pm, including Sunday bagel breakfast. Selected Shabbatot and Sunday afternoons for family programs may also be scheduled as part of the program.  Hebrew Requirements are fulfilled through the Bnai Mitzvah training program.

Want to do more to fix our world? Our Sunday morning program will blend classroom learning about Jewish values with monthly mitzvah trips out in our community.  This is a great choice for students who want to fulfil their mitzvah project requirement for bnai mitzvah in a group setting. 

 

 

POST BNAI MITZVAH: EXPLORING OUR PERSONAL JUDAISM

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Grades 8-12 will participate in the student-driven Pathways program. Click here to register for Pathways 2017-2018.

This innovative program represents major changes in the way we offer 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, 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 cooking classes.  All forms of engagement are encouraged and valued.  Students can participate in one or more of these exciting opportunities. Please note that all 8th-12th grade activities are considered to be part of the Pathways program including TaSTY, the TA program, and trips and require Pathways registration.


While Pathways experiences will be planned based on students’ chosen activities and schedule, many options are offered on Wednesday 5:30-8:00 pm including dinner and additional High School activities.  Please contact the Religious School Office for more information.