7th Grade – Comparative Judaisms (and where I fit in)

 

In a camp-style, interactive, and newly designed 7th grade program, our students will explore what it means to be an emerging Jewish adult, a Reform Jew, and an engaged citizen. They will have the chance to share a meal in an Orthodox Jewish family’s home and to learn about what it means to be an Orthodox Jew in Los Angeles today. They will have encounters with Conservative and Reconstructionist Jews, comparing their lives and beliefs to their own. They will explore what it is like to be an LGBT Jew, why people convert to Judaism, and what it is like to be a Jewish person struggling with addiction. They will come to understand what it means to be b’nai mitzvah, young adults in our community, by looking at the history of B’nai Mitzvah, reflecting on prayer, God, Text, and Israel.

Each year our 7th Graders participate in a TIOH 7th Grade Retreat. Please save the date for October 23-25, 2015, at Camp Hess Kramer. This is a definitely a highlight of the program and a great way to start our year together.

8th Grade – Comparative Religions, 613 Mitzvot & Moving Traditions

 

8th Graders will have a chance to visit a mosque and learn what it is like to be a Muslim person living in Los Angeles today. They will visit a number of churches and learn about Christian beliefs. They will compare these religious traditions and the stories they hear from Christians and Muslims to their own beliefs and stories.

To facilitate these comparisons, our 8th Graders will explore the 613 mitzvot (commandments). Each week they will learn about a mitzvah and carefully analyze the commandment as it is written in the Torah. They will also look at how our tradition has interpreted these commandments and how the Reform Movement is still making these mitzvot make sense in today's world.

8th graders will also be one of the first groups at TIOH to participate in the new Moving Traditions Program, a monthly gender separate program that will guide Jewish teens on the pathway to adulthood, through self-discovery, mentorship and positive peer-to-peer relationships, as well as fun bonding activities and delicious food!

9th Grade – Social Justice & Moving Traditions

 

The 9th Grade deals with a variety of discussions and debates on some of the tougher issues that the world faces today. Together, our students will discover how Judaism responds to social, political, and ethical issues. They will learn how to advocate for issues of justice. This learning culminates with our Washington D.C. Trip, which takes place from March 3-7, 2016, during which we attend the Religious Action Center's L'Takein Seminar.

9th graders will also be one of the first groups at TIOH to participate in the new Moving Traditions Program, a monthly gender separate program that will guide Jewish teens on the pathway to adulthood, through self-discovery, mentorship and positive peer-to-peer relationships, as well as fun bonding activities and delicious food!

Confirmation – God, Spirituality & the World Around Us

 

Confirmation is a very special year. It constitutes an individual and group affirmation of commitment to the Jewish people, the beginning of a lifetime of Jewish learning and participation within the Jewish community. At TIOH Confirmation has more of a feel of a scholarly discussion than a formal classroom environment. The 10th Graders in Confirmation meet every week as a group with a clergy member in Rabbi Rosove’s study. Together, they engage in learning on topics that range from God and theology to the relevance of spirituality. The year concludes with the Confirmation Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Students who are confirmed at TIOH become a part of our temple’s history. The picture of each new Confirmation class is hung on our synagogue’s wall, next to the 75 other confirmation classes already displayed.

Senior Seminar (11th & 12th Grade) – Exploring Art & Text

 

Our Juniors and Seniors gather once a month to expand upon the conversations with which they have been involved throughout their time in our Teen Program and at TIOH. Together with our educators, Sasha and Lenette, they will be preparing for the next stages of their lives and will begin to recognize how they can continue living Jewishly as they progress beyond High School. This year will include sophisticated art and text components.