Upper School, 6-12, Class Offerings 2016-17
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, 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.
Students in Grade 6 and 7 will explore a path of Jewish content which mirrors our 6th and 7th grade Religious School curriculum, this year focusing on Torah and Avodah (Worship). Students explore their relationship to God and sacred community through the lessons of Torah and the content of prayer. Together, families experience the vibrant stories from our Torah as well as exploring the meaning of prayer and their personal theologies. Students also have the opportunity to build skills necessary to develop a dvar torah as well as lead a service in preparation for bnai mitzvah. Parents of students in Grades 6 and 7 will join their students for adult and family learning on similar themes, as they build relationships with one another and connections to the Shaaray Tefila community.
Grade 6 Hebrew Requirements are fulfilled through one of our two options:
- One-on-One Hebrew lessons – students come to the Temple for weekly half-hour individual lessons. Additional fee of $1000 applies.
- 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.
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 Tuesday and Grade 6 & 7 Sunday:
Torah and Avodah (Worship)
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. The year will include family programs as well as Shabbat worship experiences.
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 are also scheduled as part of the program.
Grade 7 Tuesday: Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Love and Kindness)
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.
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm, including Tuesday dinner. Selected Shabbatot and Sunday afternoons for family programs are also scheduled as part of the program. Hebrew Requirements are fulfilled through the Bnai Mitzvah training program.
Grades 8-12 will participate in the student-driven Pathways program.
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 and art 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. More details will be available early fall.