Seventh Grade – Kitah Zayin - Seventh Graders participate in Mesorah-Choosing Your Commitment: Embracing and Reinterpreting a Living Tradition. In Pirkei Avot 1:2 we find inspiration to reframe and focus our learning. "...Upon three things the world stands: on Torah, on Avodah (prayer) and on Gemilut Chasadim (kindness to others)." Using the lens of these three entryways, students will be offered a broad range of experiences to better prepare for both B'nai Mitzvah and for living a Jewish life. Over the course of the year, each student selects courses from the overarching themes. Courses are designed to be engaging, to be interesting and to encourage exploration of Jewish values in new and creative ways.
Seventh graders also study The Life Cycle: From Mohel to Mortuary. They learn about the Jewish traditions and customs surrounding these rituals and explore the holy in life’s moments. Along with Eighth Graders, students have the opportunity to select and participate in a variety of electives that connect to Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasadim. These may include cooking, improvisation, music and Yoga. T'fillah (prayer) is a regular component of our Wednesday evening program. During this time, Seventh Graders will be able to practice Hebrew skills and prepare to lead a service with one of our clergy. Seventh Graders also participate in a community-building weekend retreat.