Wednesday Evening Classes
Grade 10 students join the entire youth community in the social hall for dinner from 6-6:30 p.m. There is much lively discussion as friends come together and catch up on events from the past week. A hot dinner is served—pizza, Chinese or Italian…and a great time is had by all. From 6:30-8 p.m., 10th grade students study together with our rabbis in preparation for Confirmation.
The Shir Tikva Confirmation Program focuses on applying Jewish values to decisions that students make in their everyday lives. Topics studied range from social justice to modesty to tzedakah and more. Students explore their own personal Jewish identities and reflect on how their identity is expressed through the decisions they make. This year-long journey culminates with a special Friday night Confirmation service where each student participates in the service, leading a particular component. Students have the opportunity to share their personal thoughts in essays that are shared with the community. They work with the rabbis to create a siddur to mark this special occasion.
Grade 10 students are invited to join STIFY, our own Temple Shir Tikva high school youth group, as well as NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth.
STIFTY, our senior youth group, has a board of outstanding teen leaders who oversee and coordinate the various activities for our high school teens. Students take part in social action projects and participate in local social activities. All STIFTY events are listed on the temple master calendar.
NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) is a national youth group that comprises temple youth groups from all over the USA and Canada. STIFTY is part of the northeast region. Members come together at many times during the year for learning, fun, worship, community service and fellowship.
Trip to the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.
Our Grade 10 students take a trip to Washington D.C. each December to participate in the L'taken Seminar for Social Justice—sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. The L’taken Seminar brings together hundreds of Jewish teens to explore public policy and social activism through a Jewish lens. Additional trip activities include touring the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and participating in a Havdalah service at the Jefferson Memorial. Students and educators fly together on a Friday afternoon, arriving in Washington D.C. in time to share Shabbat with hundreds of other Jewish teens from Reform synagogues across the country. They return on Monday afternoon after spending the morning lobbying our local elected officials on Capitol Hill.