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8th-12th Grade


NSCI welcomes all of our teens to continue their Jewish journey of exploration after b’nei mitzvah. You can choose your path. Look at the exciting opportunities we have open to you for the coming year. Jump into things familiar and new, many or few. Choose what is meaningful to you. Then contact us. Sign up. You can even bring a friend!

  • 8th Grade Social Justice Class on Mondays, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    October 22, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, & April 8

    Privilege. Immigration. Poverty. Gender Issues. Black Lives Matter. Come explore these messy and complicated critical topics and your role in them as a Jewish adult. Study with your peers on Monday evenings as we take on some of the most pressing social justice issues of our day. Learn what Judaism has to say, how to cultivate your own voice, and get engages with the topics shaping our world. Includes dinner.

  • 9th-12th Grade Real Life, Real Voices on Mondays, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    October 22, November 5, December 3, Januay 7, February 4, March 4 & April 8

    Come around the dinner table and chat with some of Rabbi Greene’s favorite people to talk to! Meet business execs, TV personalities, inspiring artists and people who make a difference. Our guests will share their lives, their work and the Jewish values that guide them. You’ll get to dialogue and debate with thoughtful people and get real-life, honest responses. Includes dinner.


  • 6th-12th grade Selah on Sundays, 10:00 am-11:00 am

    Selah leads and inspires our congregation with music on Shabbat and High Holy Days. A group of students who sing and/or play musical instruments, Selah learns and practices with Cantor David Goldstein and noted songleader and composer, Alan Goodis with the goal of leading our congregation in prayer.

  • 7th-8th grade Hebrew Prep for High School on Tuesdays, 4:15 pm-6:15 pm

    Thinking about taking Hebrew in high school? Here’s a great way to prepare! We will learn modern, conversational Hebrew through games, songs, videos, and celebrations. Class is open to any interested student regardless of their level.

  • 8th-12th Grade Song Leading Workshops on Sundays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

    This monthly Song Leading workshop for 8th through 12th graders, led by experienced song leader, Lee Freedman and Isaac Freedman, was developed as a response to the enthusiasm generated by Nashir, the national song leading institute. This workshop is for those who desire to learn more songs and techniques, gain experience and confidence, in order to song lead in the school, at youth group events, as part of Selah, or just to improve their skills. Dates to be announced. The workshop will meet monthly on Sundays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm.

  • 12th Grade Senior Dinner Party

    Seniors! Delve into your Jewish self and soul with our rabbis. Over good food, we will talk about where you are in life and in Judaism, explore topics that are coming up soon, and bring you to conversations on Israel and on Jewish life on a college campus. Each of you will get to craft--with guidance--your statement “I am a Jew…” and, together, we will plan the Celebration of Youth Shabbat experience for the entire congregation.

  • 8th Grade Jr. Machonik on Sundays, 9:00 am-11:00 am

    Gather with your classmates and Rabbi Daniels on September 16, September 28, October 7, November 4 & December 9 from 9:00 am-11:00 am for a special Jr. Machonik Training. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates after summer break, and learn new skills & techniques to help you work in the religious school. During the fall semester, you’ll meet for a large group training from 9:00 am-10:00 am on the dates listed above. During the second hour of those dates and the other Sundays school is in session, you’ll assist teachers in religious school classrooms. After Winter Break, you’ll join the 9th-12th graders full-time including lunch time professional development sessions from 11:00 am-12:00 pm on January 13, February 10 & March 3.

  • 9th -12th Grade Machonik Leadership Training

    Orientation: September 4, 6:15 pm-7:30 pm
    Training Sessions: Sundays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm on October 14, November 4, December 2, January 13, February 10 & March 3

    You can be a teaching assistant or Machonik in our religious school on Sundays or weekdays. Learn about group facilitation, classroom management and effective communication in our Machonik Leadership Training class, taught by Rabbi Daniels. Be a role model for our younger students by working in their classrooms alongside the classroom teachers.

  • 8th Grade Ta’am Yisrael–“A Taste of Israel”

    February 17-25, 2019 or March 24-April 1, 2019

    Join 200 Chicagoland area 8th graders on a trip of a lifetime! Strengthen your connection to Judaism and Israel. Participate in an archeological dig, trek through deserts, swim in the Dead Sea, visit historical sites, explore museums, meet Israelis, and most importantly, make lasting friendships! The trip is well-funded, safe and well-staffed! Join Rabbi Daniels before the trip to learn more and prepare and after you return for a reunion dinner. Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:15 pm & Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:15 pm.

  • 8th-9th Grade Southeast Civil Rights Journey (with parent)

    November 8-11, 2018
    Post-trip reunion: Friday, December 7

    Journey with Rabbi Daniels to America’s Deep South! Visit the Rosa Parks Museum, the Voter Rights Museum, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom Park, & The Civil Rights Institute. Learn about the struggles of African Americans in the 50s-60s, and discover how the Jewish community helped to shape the Civil Rights Movement. Walk away with a deeper appreciation for why we Jews, a people who has known oppression, must fight injustice in our neighborhoods and around the globe. Meet once prior to the trip to prepare for the experience and afterwards to debrief the journey.

  • 8th Grade Youth Group

    All 8th graders are invited for social action, friendship, and fun here at NSCI and beyond. Highlights of the year are: MLK Day of Service, overnight retreat with Jews from around the Chicagoland area. Bring a friend from NSCI or the community!

  • 9th-12th Grade Jeffrey Lasky Memorial Arts Weekend on October 26-28, 2018

    On this annual retreat a professional artist-in-residence leads workshops to teach and empower students to express themselves on a compelling Jewish topic. This year, nationally known singer-songwriter Alan Goodis will encourage our teens to find their voices within the medium of songwriting and appreciate what it takes to create music, as our teens study a Jewish text and relate it to their lives. All are welcome, regardless of your musical experience or ability. Students will share their creations & reflections from the weekend with the synagogue community at our NSCI Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening, November 2.

  • 9th-12th Grade Elaine N. Sherman KARAV Retreat on May 9-12, 2019

    This 40+ year NSCI tradition is a retreat where students choose a topic they want to explore and then work with the rabbis and youth advisor to create a weekend filled with conversations, fun programs, introspection, and meaningful bonding.

  • 9th-12th Grade TYG–Teen Youth Group

    Come together with other teens for stress-free social activities and meaningful volunteer opportunities at NSCI and around the Chicagoland area. TYG is a great place to make friends, strengthen longtime friendships and find your voice as a young leader. Consider becoming part of our dedicated TYG Board, and plan events for others!


$100 maximum per student total for classes at NSCI-whether you sign up for one class or several
$25 Machonik fee for 9th-12th graders who are not taking any other class
Travel: Costs included with information for each trip
Full and partial scholarship is available upon request for all NSCI teen programming.

Wed, September 19 2018 10 Tishrei 5779