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Hebrew High/Confirmation

8th Grade, Hebrew High and Confirmation

8th Grade: Mon 6:30pm-8:30pm / 9th-12th grades: Tues 6:30pm-8:30pm

At TSTI we believe that learning should be a lifelong pursuit. Our Religious School program begins in Kindergarten and goes straight through 12th grade.

The 8th grade program and 9-12th grade Hebrew High School incorporate many different aspects of Jewish learning. Students are encouraged to question and explore. We delve into more mature discussions about issues that they find relevant and meaningful, gaining an understanding of what these topics mean to them as Jews. Topics include history, politics, diversity, God and Israel, to name a few.

Hebrew High Highlights

  • 8th grade provides a perfect blend of learning and social time. The curriculum focus on relevant Jewish lifestyle topics that affect teens presented through current events, video clips, comedy games, and a variety of multimedia platforms. The students have the opportunity to discuss, share thoughts, and even debate with their peers. There is a focus on community and team building. 

    Shul In (Sat Jan 21-Sun Jan 22, 2017) sleep over at TSTI, bond, explore hidden parts of the building, eat some midnight pizza, and more!

  • 9th grade is an opportunity for students to delve deeper into a variety of topics exploring their Jewish identity and starting to understand what it means to be a member of a larger Jewish community. Each week the 9th grade takes on a different Jewish value and explores how it is exhibited in Jewish texts and in their lives today through the use of current events, social media, and other multimedia platforms. Community building and class bonding are also important aspects of this year. Overnight trip to Philadelphia (Sat Mar 25-Sun Mar 26, 2017)
  • 10th grade Confirmation - Students expanding their Jewish knowledge and identity focusing on the “10 Commandments of Today,” while learning to develop their own personal theology. They also explore Jewish immigrant identity and our modern obligation to take care of the “stranger” in our midst. Students have the opportunity each week to learn with our clergy, culminating with the preparation and leading a beautiful and meaningful service at the end of the year. 

    NYC Trip (Dec 3rd-Dec 4th 2016): The 10th grade class will learn about the City’s Jewish history through food, museums, and more. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the city together, including seeing a show!

  • 11th grade explores a variety of topics, all geared towards developing a deeper appreciation of the wider Jewish community including Israel. This year promises a comfortable environment to get a break from the stress of school. 11th grade includes special programming and relaxed time with the clergy, meeting with a college counselor to help them understand the college process and what it means to be Jewish at college, and dedicated time with an Israeli teen serving as a Rishon to TSTI.

    11th/12th grade trip: Advocacy in DC (Fri Feb 10th-Mon Feb 14th, 2017) sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). An opportunity to meet teens from across the country and explore the sights of our nation's capital. This wonderful program concludes with lobbying for their views with their elected officials on Capitol Hill.

  • 12th grade is the culmination of Hebrew High. Taught by clergy and members of our full-time staff the focus is on identity and preparation for the next chapter and reflects on how their experiences over the years at TSTI has shaped them. There is a variety of special programming including meeting with a Hillel professional to explore being Jewish in college, taking care of themselves and staying safe away from home, and managing post-high school life’s challenges. This year culminates with a special Friday night service led by our graduates.
    11th/12th grade trip: Advocacy in DC (Fri Feb 10th-Mon Feb 14th, 2017) sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). An opportunity to meet teens from across the country and explore the sights of our nation's capital. This wonderful program concludes with lobbying for their views with their elected officials on Capitol Hill.
Some quotes from our 9th-12th grade students:

 - “Coming to Hebrew High is an important part of my week. It gives me a break from the academic and social stress of school.”

- “Hebrew High gives me a chance to be with friends from many different towns.”

- “During Hebrew High I get to really ask questions and to explore what I believe without feeling judged and I know I can change my views at any time."

Here’s what our 8th graders said when they were describing their program to the 7th graders:

- “We always knew we were learning but it never felt like school.”

- “Each week we learned something new that really meant something to us.”

- “Do the 8th grade program. If you don’t you will regret it for the rest of your life.