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Hineini 8 -Here I Am (8th grade)


Hineini, "Here I am" is a phrase that appears multiple times in the Torah. What does it mean for each of us to respond "Here I am, a Jew in the 21st century?"

Jewish Ethics, Values, Traditions  and Me: How Judaism Guides My 21st Century Choices
Staying Connected to the Community 
Building on the skills our students have developed in preparing for Bar/t Mitzvah,the challenges of wrestling with text.  We often take a traditional Jewish text and value and compare and contrast it with a popular culture movie, song, or book. Our goal is to develop critical thinking rooted in the wisdom of our tradition and inspiration and guidance on how to live ethically and responsibly.
Students in 8th grade continue in our Shivat Ha-Minim (Seven Species) Chavurah system, retaining the name and identity they received in 2nd grade. This communal identity holds the group together post Bar/t Mitzvah. At the conclusion of the school year, 8th grade students will pass their Chavurah name to the rising 2nd graders and the cycle will begin again. Students in 9th grade become an Honorary Chavurah as they have passed their name on to the current 2nd grade class. Often students in 9th grade will serve as madrichim (assistant teachers) for the newly named Chavurah.  This enables both the older and younger students to fully experience the Jewish value of passing on traditions.
Eating dinner together is part of the program.
8th grade meets 6:15 -8:30 on Wednesdays. Parent involvement in dinners is minimal; it includes each family taking responsibility for ensuring that a vegetable side dish and dessert are provided two or three times during the year and that the kitchen is cleaned up after the dinner they have "sponsored."
Tuition:  $1030 for members
Madrichim: Students in 8th grade and above may also be interested in Madrichim, a teen leadership training program. Madrichim learn teaching skills and are given guidance in crafting and implementing creative ways of engaging younger students in Jewish learning and life. For more information, teens should contact Abra Greenspan.
Sun, April 11 2021 29 Nisan 5781