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7th Grade

7th grade students come to school on Tuesdays 4:15-6:15 for “Becoming a Jewish Adult.”  Everyone is together for the first class and then there’s a short break with snacks.  After, the 7th graders attend their selected second hour course.  Second hour they choose from one of the following:  Ethical Judaism or Visual Arts Studio

Monthly, our students participate in either Rosh Chodesh or Shevat Achim, courses designed to combine exploration of teen issues with Jewish sources and community building taught by our rabbis or youth group advisors. 

So, you’re a Jewish adult…now what? (1st hour class:  Everyone):  You’re learning your prayers, practicing your Torah and writing speeches. But what comes next? What does it actually mean to be a Jewish adult and what responsibility comes along with that? Join us as we explore Jewish identity—what does it look like for others and how do I find and define it for myself? In addition to identity formation, this course includes discussions about modern day anti-Semitism and an in depth look at the Holocaust from a uniquely Jewish perspective.

Private tutoring and other B’nei Mitzvah preparation meetings begin 6-12 months before their B’nei Mitzvah as well. For more details about the B’nei Mitzvah preparation, please click here.  

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Choices for the Year:



7th Grade Ethical Judaism-Tuesdays 4:15 pm-6:15 pm

This course explores Jewish ethics. Topics will include the purpose of prayer as well as the concepts of mitzvot (commandments), kavod (honor) and bushah (insult). We will take an in depth look at tzedakah (righteous deeds) and gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness). This is a discussion-based class where students are often presented with difficult situations and encouraged to formulate an opinion and debate the most ethical solution.


7th Grade Visual Arts Studio-Tuesdays 4:15 pm-6:15 pm

Combine exploring different visual art media and interpreting Jewish themes in this studio setting. Expand your skills with different media and the creative process examining a Jewish theme while creating your own art.


optional additions

6th-12th Grade Selah-Sundays 10:00 am-11:00 am

Selah is a group of 6th–12th graders who sing and/or play musical instruments under the guidance of Cantor David Goldstein and noted song leader and composer, Alan Goodis. Selah creates ensembles to lead worship and become comfortable with song leading. Folk, rock, jazz, and more are part of the program. Selah members:

  • Participate in leading Shabbat and High Holy Day Services 
  • Serve as machoniks, music mentors, to the 3rd & 4th grade Jr. Selah class and the 5th & 6th grade Prayer Jamming Class 
  • Help lead Midweek Hebrew School services

Selah rehearses and leads services at our L’Dor Vador Shabbat Services on Friday nights from 5:15 pm–7:15 pm (please see the calendar for specific dates). 


7th Grade Jr. Machonik-Sundays 9:00 am-11:00 am or Wednesdays 4:15 pm-6:15 pm

If your student likes working with younger students and learns best when teaching something to someone else, they are invited to help Dr. Goodman and the teachers by being a Jr. Machonik on Sundays or Wednesdays. Most of the help needed midweek is with Hebrew in 3rd or 4th grade classes or Individualized Instruction, as a tutor. Let us know when your 7th grader is available.

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