When: Sunday mornings, 10:15—12:15 AM
Where: Beth Chaim Reform Congregation
Who: ALL teens in 8th—10th grades
What: The program begins with donuts and coffee (Parents will sign-up to bring the snack).
8th Grade: Who am I—An introspective look at my connection with my Judaism and the World
Students will begin the year exploring their own personal relationship to God, Torah and Israel through the lens of Reform Judaism. Once they have strengthened and defined their own belief statement, they will explore our relationship with the greater community through the “Walking the Walk” curriculum (an interfaith dialogue). There will be opportunities to visit churches and a mosque in our community.
9th/10th grade: Teen Space –Creating sanctuary in our ever changing world
Life comes at us at a million miles a minute. How can we take some me out of the craziness to center ourselves and reflect? During this class we will establish a sense of sanctuary. Can Judaism and Jewish teachings really can be used as a lens that may help us make be er choices in life? Judaism has a strong wisdom tradition called Mussar, that suggests how each of us can create our own spiritual curriculum. Our conversations will be in influenced by Jewish values, but will focus on real life issues. We will get specific about the challenges of dealing with parents who are trying to get you to clean your room, or issues that arise in academics, sports, or with friends. Come discover how you might use teachings from Judaism's wisdom tradition to bring some order to a busy, and sometimes overwhelming time.
8th grade: Daniel Slipakoff , MSW, Student Rabbi
Dan comes to Beth Chaim with enthusiasm for Judaism and inspiring teens with extensive formal and informal educational experience. He has worked at both Congregation Rodeph Shalom and Keneseth Israel working with the teens through the NIFTY chapters and teaching/ writing curriculum for the High School programs. He has worked at Harlam Day Camp, spent a year of study in Israel and is currently a Rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College.
9th/10th grade: Rabbi Michelle Pearlman
As rabbi of Beth Chaim, Rabbi Pearlman looks forward to developing long-lasting connections with our teens as she brings the “Jewish lens” to our teens’ dialogues as they delve into their personal journey as a Jewish adult.