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Rabbi Stuart Gershon Hebrew High School

Our High School program is for our 8th - 12th grade from 11AM - 1PM on Sunday afternoons.

We begin each Sunday with breakfast, bonding, and a brain break.
Then we move into our four core classes, followed by electives.

Here's how we break it down:

We are so excited to welcome you back to Temple Sinai and hope you’re looking forward to a year of growth, challenge, laughter, and exploration! We’ve created a few themes for our core classes this year which will ALSO be reflected in our elective blocks. Our goals for the end of this year are for you to build community, connect Jewishly, and orient yourselves to the broader context of a global Jewish experience.

Grade 8: Situations & Significant Moments in Jewish Life
Grade 9: Forming & Forging Jewish Identity
Grade 10: Connection and Commitment: Finding our Judaism in Relation to the World
Grade 11/12: A Deep Dive into Living Practical Judaism

Alongside these themes, we agreed to return to electives for this year. The electives break down according to our themes. So far, we've explored the following as a group:

  • Wellbeing/Happiness for students in grades 10-12
    (Living Practical Judaism)
    • This elective will look at ways for teens to live their best life through the lens of a new movement known as Positive Judaism. Come learn the difference between wellbeing and happiness and hopefully increase both in yourself!
  • Action & Advocacy
    (Situations & Significant Moments)
    • Rabbi Ross will draw from his experience as a religious lobbyist and his book, All Politics Is Religious, to look at how religion influences the way our government works.
  • Jewish Life Through Cinema
    (Forming & Forging Jewish Identity)
    • Cinema offers a valuable text from which to gain an understanding of the social, political, and cultural realities of Jews. The films that we will choose for this elective will provide an understanding of the Jewish experience film. Selected films may include: Fiddler on the Roof, The Frisco Kid, The Pianist, Waltz With Bashir, Keeping the Faith, Annie Hall, Keeping Up With the Steins, Life Is Beautiful, Ushpizin, Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi, and School Ties.
  • Mizrachi Cooking
    (Connection and Commitment: Finding our Judaism in Relation to the World)
    • Come and cook some yummy authentic Mizrahi food and learn about the different jewish cultures that these tasty dishes originated from.
  • Questioning Authority, for students in grades 10-12 
    (Connection and Commitment: Finding our Judaism in Relation to the World)
    • When questioning authority there are the 3 possible conclusions you can come to:
      • Guidance from authority is valid and should be followed.
      • Guidance from authority is not relevant to this situation.
      • Guidance from authority is valid but different circumstances should be reinterpreted and/or adapted.
    • We will look at different life situations through a Jewish lens and decide...is guidance from authority the way to go?
  • A Little Torah Exploring
    (Forming & Forging Jewish Identity)
    • We'll look at each week's parsha through a lens of today and see what you know, what you don't know and what you might just want to know.
  • Jewish Holidays Through Cinema
    (Living Practical Judaism)
    • Cinema offers a valuable text from which to gain an understanding of the social, political, and cultural realities of Jews. Think that the only way we can explore holidays is through texts, temple or the family table? Think again!
  • Action & Advocacy: LGBTQ+ & Reproductive Rights
    (Situations & Significant Moments)
    • Gay rights and reproductive rights are very much in the news and on people's minds. Rabbi Ross will draw from his experience as a religious lobbyist to provide a religious perspective on these important and timely issues.

 

Tue, February 25 2020 30 Sh'vat 5780