Sinai High

The Sinai High program will provide a quality, dynamic Jewish education for students in Grades 7th to 10th grades. Students will be taught by top-notch educators in an engaging format, and our community comes together to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere which will promote dialogue amongst the students. The program will be divided into three distinct blocks of times starting with the core class.

As teens are finding their own voice, our goal is to provide a variety of unique Jewish experiences within the classroom, in our community, and as individuals so that teens can successfully create their own Jewish narrative.

Core classes, year-long
8th Grade – Classroom 9
American Jewish History

Our course will begin by traveling back in time to when the first Jews came to America. We will look at how the first small groups of Jews grew into a flourishing community, the immigration experience and their challenges and triumphs along the way. We will examine how the different branches of Judaism emerged, and how the movements grew. Our course will also emphasize Jewish contributions to American culture. Students will engage in debates, enjoy films, short stories, and more. We will develop an appreciation of who we are, and the journey that brought us here.

9th/10th Grade- Classroom 10
Torah for Teens

Torah study has been a central aspect of Jewish learning for thousands of years, but how can the stories in the Torah relate to teenagers' everyday lives? What can we learn from the stories we've heard over and over again? Throughout the course of this year, we will tackle the Torah together, and uncover the lessons that are still relevant today! We'll also take a look at some modern retellings of ancient stories in pop culture, and discuss why this influential text is so important to us as Jews.

Elective Options (8th-10th grades only), 10 session electives from September 19th- December 19th , please note that there will be 4-5 choices during the second elective sessions from January to March, and “Choose your own elective” days through April and May.

 

Modern Jewish Culture

This class will be a survey on the different ways that modern Jewish individuals have influenced our culture. We will look at examples from fictional characters, musicians, scholars, authors, and more! Throughout this class we will also consider what issues Jewish people must face in the modern world, and look to our examples for ways to handle these issues, as well as brainstorming some ourselves.


Cooking

Come take a taste of this fun elective designed to enhance your taste buds with Israeli and traditional Jewish delicacies. This elective is designed to let students cook and taste Jewish foods from around the globe. We will follow Judaic Laws & Customs to making each dish. Students will have the chance to design part of this elective by choosing some of the dishes we will create. Possible dishes include traditional holiday meals, Israeli Cuisine, and evolved Judaic recipes from around the world. Get ready to taste some great food and get a little messy!


Dates in Session and Special Programming

Dinners - please arrive at 6:00pm for dinner with school following:
November 14th, January 23rd, March 13th, and May 15th

Mitzvah Circle Trip
Grades 8-10 will be visiting Mitzvah Circle Foundation to volunteer on Tuesday, February 20th. Please arrive by 5:45pm. Transportation will be provided.

September 19th, 26th

October 3rd, 17th, 24th
*in lieu of school on 10/10 we hope to see you at our Simchat Torah celebration on Thursday, October 12th
-no school on 10/31

November 14th, 21st, 28th
-no school on 11/7

December 5th, 12th, 19th

January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

February 6th, 13th, 20th
*in lieu of school on 2/17 we hope to see you at our Community Purim celebration on Wednesday, February 28th

March 6th, 13th, 20th
-no school on 3/27

April 10th, 17th, 24th
-no school on 4/1

May 1st, 8th, 15th (last day)

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Temple Sinai is an affiliated member of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)