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Hebrew High (7th– 12th)

About Hebrew High

We love working with our incredible youth and seeing them blossom and grow into young adults. The 7th through 12th-grade years are an important and special time, and our programs provide excellent ways to engage, challenge, and grow leadership skills, friendships, and a sense of community and belonging here at Shir Hadash.

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Our Hebrew High Curriculum

7th & 8th Grades - Kulanu

  • Focus: My Judaism.  
  • Topics: Responsibility, community, integrity, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Students begin to identify how Judaism connects with them today. We place special emphasis on the Reform Jewish value of informed choice, which is the idea that our personal Jewish practices begin with informed decisions derived from a deep understanding of the different practices. 
  • ELECTIVES! Students have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests. In addition to popular electives such as cooking and gardening, students may select among classes on art and music appreciation, Jewish values through sports, youth band, and others.  Electives are offered in 4-5 week sessions. We welcome new elective ideas based on what students are passionate about. Does your student have a suggestion? Send it to Rabbi Schwartz!
  • Leadership Development: Students may participate in the madrichim (teacher’s aide) workshops with Rabbi Schwartz and serve as a madrich or madricha in the classrooms for younger grades.  

9th Grade - Chai School

  • Focus: Sacred Choices, Sacred Voices. 
  • Topics, 1st half of the year: Students learn about sex, body image, drugs, and peer pressure through a Jewish lens and in a developmentally appropriate way.  This first half of the year is taught by Rabbi Schwartz.  
  • Topics, 2nd half of the year: Students study the Holocaust guided by the work of Facing History and Ourselves. We approach the Holocaust in a way that heightens students’ understanding of racism, religious intolerance, and prejudice and grows students' ability to relate history to their own lives and their role and responsibility in a democracy.

10th Grade -Confirmation

  • Focus: Forming Individual Perspectives.
  • Topics: Taught by Rabbi Aron and David Spodick, students meet to explore Jewish issues and formulate their own individual perspectives on ethics and theology. Students work with mentors from our congregational community and create their own confirmation service.
  • Class Trip: The confirmation class takes a trip to Sacramento with confirmands from Temple Emanuel to discover the relationship between Judaism and civic engagement. Confirmation students participate in Jewish experiences at Shir Hadash as well as in the broader Jewish community, including the Jewish Film Festival.

11th & 12th Grades - Jews Around the World

  • Focus: Jews Around the World.
  • Topics: There are many ethnic and religious subgroups within the Jewish community. Jews from different parts of the world have developed distinct cultures and customs.  Students will have the opportunity to have a glimpse of Judaism’s diversity in the world and meet with individuals from these communities.  
  • Class Trip: A highlight of the year is a six-day trip to Costa Rica, where students will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Costa Rican Jewish community and participate in service-learning projects.


See tuition and fee details for the Hebrew High program and optional Hebrew High dinner fee.

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