Grades 7-12

7th Grade

Students attend HaMakom (The Place), which meets Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM.

  • Judaic Curriculum:  Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim: Viewing the adolescent’s world through a Jewish lens – Our Stories, Lifecycle Rituals and Acts of Loving Kindness, plus a semester of electives.
  • Hebrew Curriculum: B’nai Mitzvah preparation includes prayer review meetings with a teacher/tutor and Torah/Haftarah lessons with the Cantors.
  • Trip: New York City

Youth Group: Jr. Advisors – Assist at Junior Youth Group events for 3rd-6th graders


8th and 9th Grades

Students may attend HaMakom Tuesday night class and/or Mitzvah Corp.
HaMakom: Meets Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM

  • Core Class: Jewish values and ethics from an adolescent perspective and a focus on Israel.
  • Chugim: Jewish cultural experiences through the lens of the arts, sports, and values and an opportunity to continue their Hebrew learning through conversation and modern language.

Mitzvah Corps: Meets monthly on Sundays, 10:45 AM-12:15 PMmitzvah corps

  • A hands-on service-learning program where students explore social justice from a Jewish perspective. Mitzvah Corps participants will have the opportunity to volunteer together at various social service agencies throughout Union County, during and outside of Religious School hours.

Rosh Hodesh: For middle school girls, meets monthly in members’ homes. www.movingtraditions.org/programs/rosh-hodesh-its-a-girl-thing

Trip: Rotating between “Jewish Boston” and “Jewish Philadelphia”

Youth Groups:

    • 8th Graders: Jr. Advisors – Assist Junior Youth Group events for 3rd-6th graders
    • 8th & 9th Graders: TEWTY – Temple Emanu-El of Westfield’s Temple Youth
    • 8th & 9th Graders: NFTY-GER – 5 regional events throughout the year

Madrichim program: Students can apply to serve as role models and teaching assistants once a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the younger grades of our Religious School.


10th Grade

Confirmation – Meets Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM

  • A close examination of the student’s Jewish identity, exploring topics of God, sexuality, justice and spirituality.
  • Social Action projects, including participation in BRIDGES Outreach to deliver bag lunches directly to homeless men, women and children on the streets and in shelters.

Trip: L’Taken Seminar in Washington DC. Students have the opportunity to impact our political process as they share their views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. Click here to view a video about this program.

Youth Groups

Youth Groups: 

    • TEWTY – Temple Emanu-El of Westfield’s Temple Youth
    • NFTY-GER – 5 regional events throughout the year

Madrichim programStudents can apply to serve as role models and teaching assistants once a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the younger grades of our Religious School.”


 

11th and 12th Grades

Students may attend HaMakom Tuesday night class and/or Cafe Torah.

HaMakomMeets Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Students participate in a Post-Confirmation class led by Rabbi Sarah Smiley and can chose between Gesher L’Kesher, a peer mentoring program or our new Torah Lishmah, study for its own sake, program.  There are also opportunities for all the 11th and 12th graders to learn together and during the spring the seniors participate in a special senior seminar program about taking their Judaism to college. All students  choose an elective in the last trimester.

Café Torah: Meets 1-2 times a month at the Westfield Diner with Rabbi Doug Sagal. They discuss hot topics through the lens of Je

wish ethics and values.

Trip: A humanitarian mission to the city of New Orleans where our students participate in serving in homeless centers, food banks and rebuilding projects within the city and outer parishes.

Youth Groups:

    • TEWTY – Temple Emanu-El of Westfield’s Temple Youth
    • NFTY-GER – 5 regional events throughout the year

Madrichim programStudents can apply to serve as role models and teaching assistants once a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the younger grades of our Religious School.