Temple Sinai Religious School Hebrew High School (8th-10th Grade) Class Curriculum 2018-19
8th Grade: Comparative Religion through lifecycle evets and is taught by Beth Nelson.
Studying comparative religion is a great way to learn about Judaism. We will study each of the worlds’ major religions and show where Judaism is similar to and different from them. We will use lifecycle events such as birth, coming of age, marriage and funerals as comparisons.
The class will spend time studying the history of the Reform movement, as well as look at some of the differences within the various movements in Judaism.
VISITS: Unitarian Church, Catholic Church, and Mosque here in Sharon. The year will culminate in an overnight trip to NYC. On this trip we will visit the largest Reform temple in NY, the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, Borough Park (Ultra-Orthodox community) and of course some other not to be missed sites!
The 9th/10th grade is a combined class with a two-year curriculum that alternates from the topics below and is taught by Rabbi Meszler.
Year A: “If I am not for Myself…” This curriculum focuses on issues of character, self-esteem, sexuality, and identity. Judaism has long had a history of discussing middot, values of personal conduct. As Hillel said 2000 years ago, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” We hope that our young people will be able to see the synagogue as a safe place of discovery when confronting issues of personal ethics. In addition, we help students make personal and meaningful connections between Israel and their own Jewish identity.
Year B: “Jewish Ethics in the 21st Century” Students study with Rabbi Meszler during their confirmation year. They address the Jewish view of social issues such as abortion, the death penalty, gun violence, war, dating, social media and the environment.
The Confirmation year (10th grade) includes a long weekend in Washington, DC with the Religious Action of Reform Judaism’s L’Taken seminar to learn about social justice and advocacy, including actual lobbying visits on Capitol Hill. Students lead the Confirmation service on Erev Shavuot, the holiday that recalls the giving of the Ten Commands on Mount Sinai.
TRIP: The RAC (Religion Action Center) trip to Washington, DC is the highlight of the Confirmation year. Students meet 400 other teens from across the country to learn together, pray together, sightsee and most importantly lobby their state’s congressman on today’s top issues. It is a rewarding experience for all students!
NEW TRIP (9th-12th Grade): We now offer at trip to learn about Jews and the Civil Rights. This trip takes place over 4 days during February vacation. Students will visit Atlanta, GA, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL. This is a one-of-a-kind trip and is full of learning opportunities as well as fun and friendship!