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HOW WE ENGAGE OUR 8th-12th grade students


After 7th grade, students can select from a variety of programs, all of which are a la carte, allowing them to connect with their Judaism in a way that they choose.  

  • 8th Grade: During 8th grade, we will evaluate how different aspects of Jewish rituals, philosophy, theology and values fit into their lives, empowering our teens to make educated Jewish decisions for themselves as they enter adulthood. Examples of topics include, Shabbat and self-care, Kashrut and ethical food choices, Tzedakah and creating a more just world, and more. Each class will allow space for students to bring things they are interested in or challenged by. 
  • 9th and 10th Grade: This class will focus on how we make ethical decisions. Debate is one of the most championed forms of collaboration and progress in our tradition and by using this method we will explore all types of issues. From discussion about how to handle specific situations to how to form principles and values as a community the 9th and 10th students will engage in the kind of critical thinking necessary to being an informed, constructive member of any community.  
  • Madrichim: In our Madrichim program, students in 8th-12th grades have the opportunity to volunteer as assistant teachers and serve as role models for the students in the Jewish Experience Center. Madrichim can choose to volunteer on either Sunday mornings or Tuesday afternoons, subject to availability, and receive a stipend or community service hours for their time. Madrichim will learn how to develop leadership skills and learn how to make a difference in their community.  As madrichim are role models for the younger students with whom they work, they are required to be enrolled in at least one other program (8th or 9th/10th grade class, KITT, Confirmation, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet Achim, Teen Social Action Trip).  (8th-12th grade)
  • Teen Social Action Trip: The Teen Social Action Trip provides our high school students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience supporting communities in need in different parts of our country while learning from individuals and organizations doing crucial work in those areas. Our teens have traveled to Houston, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Phoenix, and more. The trip rotates annually, making sure to address current issues and emergency relief needs. (8th-12th grade)
  • Confirmation: Confirmation is a space where students are expected to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and push the boundaries of what they know Judaism to be and what it can be. Over the course of the sixteen sessions (two years) students will wrestle with contemporary issues, forging relevant connections to their Jewish heritage through values, ethics, and culture. (11th-12th grade)
  • Kehillat Israel Tzedakah Teens: KI Tzedakah Teens is a Jewish teen philanthropy program Over the past 10 years, KITT has donated $343,792 to national and international nonprofits. KI Tzedakah Teens meet monthly to: Form together as a board of a foundation and develop a mission statement; Develop a deeper understanding on how Jewish wisdom can help inform philanthropic decisions;  Learn about important local and international issues facing our world; Research and understand how Jewish and non-Jewish organization are working to address these issues; Send Requests for Proposals to applicable nonprofits, review grant proposals, raise funds, and interview organizations; Make difficult but critical funding decisions; Build a community of Jewish teens who are passionate about changing the world. Click here for a video which explains KITT in more detial.  (9th-12th grade)
  • Teen Youth Group:  Join your friends for events like Trivia Night, sushi making, bowling and more!  This is a great opportunity to get together with your KI community every month for a social and relaxing evening. (9th-12th grade)
Tue, January 18 2022 16 Sh'vat 5782