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?"
Hineini 8 and Hineini 9 will be combined into one class in 2018-19.
Jewish Ethics, Values, Traditions and Me: How Judaism Guides My 21st Century Choices
Staying Connected to the Community
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.
Building on the skills our students have developed in preparing for Bar/t Mitzvah, we focus on key Torah portions and Haftarah portions and the challenges of wrestling with the text. 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.
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 responsiblity 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
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