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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  Grade

Using primary source material such as maps, letters, and supplementary readings, students will study thematic and chronological explorations of events in Jewish history. The focus will be dispersion in the Diaspora through the Jewish experience in America in the 1880’s. Students will consider how their lives compare with the lives of our ancestors, how each generation adapts Judaism to its time and place, and how the decisions of previous generations influence our own lives and decisions.

Students will also have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  Beginning in seventh grade, students may also participate in the madrichim (teacher’s aide) workshops with Rabbi Schwartz and serve as a madrich or madricha in the classroom. 

8th Grade

Using primary source material such as maps, letters, and supplementary readings, students will study thematic and chronological explorations of events in Jewish history. Students will study Jewish history from the turmoil and strife of Russia in the 1880's, to the great migration to the United States, the creation of the modern State of Israel, modern American Jewish life, and life in the Diaspora. Students will consider how their lives compare with the lives of our ancestors, how each generation adapts Judaism to its time and place, and how the decisions of previous generations influence our own lives and decisions.

Students will also have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  They may also participate in the madrichim (teacher’s aide) workshops with Rabbi Schwartz and serve as a madrich or madricha in the classroom. 

9th Grade 

The core focus of our ninth grade curriculum is Sacred Choices.  Students will begin the year exploring issues of sex, body image, drugs, and peer-pressure through a Jewish lens and in a developmentally appropriate way.   Students will investigate sensitive issues and learn about how Jewish responses to these issues have changed over time. Text study passages, overviews of both Traditional and modern Jewish views and attitudes, and listings of related virtues (middot) and commandments (mitzvot) for each topic promote discussion and understanding of Judaism's approach to grappling with some of today's most highly charged subjects.

Students will also have the opportunity to select various electives according to their own interests.  They may also participate in the madrichim (teacher’s aide) workshops with Rabbi Schwartz and serve as a madrich or madricha in the classroom. 

10th Grade -Confirmation

Taught by Rabbi Aron and David Spodick, students in the tenth grade meet to explore Jewish issues and formulate their own individual perspectives on ethics and theology. They work with mentors from our congregational community and create their own Confirmation service. The Confirmation class will take a trip to Sacramento with confirmands from Temple Emanuel to discover the relationship between Judaism and civic engagement. Confirmation students also will participate in Jewish experiences at Shir Hadash as well as in the broader Jewish community, including the Jewish Film Festival.

11th & 12th Grades - Social Action Program

Students will study in-depth the Jewish notions of social justice and learn about crucial social justice issues facing America and the world today in a Jewish context.   A highlight of the year is participation in a specialized field trip allowing students to participate in engaging and collaborate social justice work.

Tuition

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

Tue, May 26 2020 3 Sivan 5780