Wednesday Evening Classes
Grade 11 & 12 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. Students in Grades 11 & 12 engage in study and dialogue with our teachers and rabbis to help prepare themselves for the next major move in their lives—the transition from high school to college. The focus of these sessions is on the development of Jewish life skills, exploring such questions as:
- How do we live a Jewish life?
- How do we interact in the world as a Jew?
- How do we engage in dialogue on religion and Israel with those who are not Jewish and even those who are Jewish?
Students will complete this course with a sense that they are prepared to lead Jewish lives in a larger context. Graduating seniors are recognized at a special Simchat Shabbat service at the end of the school year. Each student will have the opportunity to share reflections on his or her learning experiences through the years at Temple Shir Tikva.
Grade 11 & 12 students are invited to join both STIFY, our own Temple Shir Tikva high school youth group, as well as NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth.
Our rabbis and educators lead 11th and 12th grade students on a journey to Israel. This trip represents the culmination of our students’ religious school experience at Temple Shir Tikva. It provides an amazing opportunity for our students to explore and experience Israel with peers, teachers, and Rabbi Gold. The trip offers students an opportunity to forge emotional connections to the Jewish state, with home hospitality and one-on-one engagement with Israeli peers.
This trip has two components which complement one another. One is touring the country together and learning about the history, geography, culture and people of Israel. The second is living with an Israeli family and learning from the teens of our sister congregation—Or Hadash in Haifa. Students will experience some “off-the-beaten path” aspects of Israeli life and culture, and participate in hands-on acts of tikkun olam. They will visit Jerusalem and Haifa and will spend one night in the Negev experiencing the life of the Bedouins.