Chai Learning– Grades 7-12

Monday Madness: The Second* Monday Night of Every Month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm all of our teens will join together for Monday Madness. Dinner will be served (and it will not be pizza) and a fun, social, and interactive programs will be hosted by TEFTY - our Senior Youth Group. Dates for 2016-2017 TBA.

7th Grade Options

Your child has the choice of attending Sunday Morning or Monday Night. The first half of the year we offer a Hebrew Lab for those with Spring B’nai Mitzvah or those who want to boost their Hebrew skills. 7th Learning continues the entire year through May.

* Sunday 9:30-10:30 Hebrew Lab (through December), 10:30-noon – 7th Learning.

* Monday 5:30-6:30 Hebrew Lab (through December), 6:30-8:00 pm - 7th Learning. 

8th to 12th Grade Options

Chai - Monday 7:00-8:00 pm.
Kallot Mitzvah Corp - is a hands-on retreat style experience for learners in grades 8-12. Each lesson is a mix of learning, fun, volunteering & teamwork. This year our focus will be on intensive Tikkun Olam learning and experiences. Sessions may include: field trips, guest speakers, art projects, and text study too. We meet six times throughout the year for four hours at a time.  Learners are asked to attend five times during the year. Dates for the 2017-2018 Year TBA. There will be a variety of Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sessions.   
Independent Study - Please call Rabbi Schlein to make arrangements 216-831-3233 ext 133

Curriculum for Chai Program

7th Grade – TEXTING
Take out your cell phones! Get ready for a scavenger hunt. Help create a meaningful school wide Tzedakah Fair. These are just a few of the exciting elements of our new 7th Grade Core Class. Our students may think they are the first generation to text. Think again! There are many powerful text messages hidden throughout the Torah. Come discover them with us. Each session will have intellectual challenges and hands on activities. Many of the sessions will integrate technology into the learning.

8TH GRADE – Members of the Tribe
Our 8th Grades will spend the semester on a quest for self and communal discovery. We will learn about what it means to be a community and specifically explore our incredible Cleveland Jewish Community.

The Israeli Experience
Students will interact with people, places, culture, and modern dilemmas facing Israel today in an effort to create a relationship with her that explores the Jewish past, present, and future. Our Shinshin, Israeli Year of Service Volunteer, will assist in teaching this course.
Whose Business Is It, Anyway?
Students discuss making ethical decisions in relationships with friends and family, in business dealings medical dilemmas, school violence and abuse. Judaism guides and directs us to make the right decisions.

Teachers: Rabbis Block, Haim, and Klein
Students study with our clergy in preparation for a meaningful ceremony marking this rite of passage into adult, faith-affirming, personal decision making. They explore the Ten Commandments, the text read at Confirmation, on the holiday of Shavuot. Studying together this trimester prepares them for the highlight of their year - their trip to New York City!

11th & 12th Grade Senior Seminar: On Monday nights our oldest students will have an opportunity to explore current events and larger questions of meaning in this fun and intensive seminar with our clergy.


Families today live busy, complicated lives. Our goal is to provide choices and guidance that match our students' schedules and interests. We understand that teens don't all connect to Judaism in the same way, nor do they all learn in the same manner. Our teen program expands the boundaries of time, place, and method of learning by offering choices for when and how students learn. Our CHAI PROGRAM is the expression of an educational Vision that inspires lifelong Jewish learning and living, and creates commitment to Jewish community. Students will choose among five core areas that connect us to Jewish living. Those five categories are: Talmud Torah - Jewish Learning, Gemilut Chasadim - Acts of Lovingkindness, Kehillah - Jewish Community Involvement/Social Interaction, Avodah - Spirituality and Me'aynai Yahadut - Seeing Contemporary Issues through a Jewish Lens.


The year is divided into two parts. The first half we have core classes and second half learners are able to choose their electives. Learners are able to sign up for the program and times that work best for them. Requirements not met during the academic year can be made up over the summer or will be carried over to the following school year and made up through Individualized Learning Projects.


NEW FAMILIES: Link to Registration

Connect with Us


Rabbi Stacy Schlein

Director of Education

(216) 831-3233, x133

Yad L'Yad - Recognizing G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) by our K-6 students

Michael Z.

Michael Z. picked up pencils that had fallen to the ground.

Hannah L.

Hannah L. paid attention and contributed in TPR.

Joe S.

Joe S. helped put away markers.

Alex L.

Alex L. said he was sorry when he bumped into someone.

Ben L.

Ben L. helped in class.

Clair O.

Clair O. was very helpful by carrying her teacher's materials.

Talia C.

Talia C. helped clean up the classroom.

Robbie P.

Robbie P. helped pass out stickers when the teacher was busy.

Amelia K.

Amelia K. apologized to her teacher for being a little out-of-control in class.

Miranda K.

Miranda K. helped during TPR.

Bry S.

Bry S. helped in class.

Maddie W.

Maddie W. helped a younger friend in class.


Jessica was very polite to another student.

Owen B.

Owen B. helped clean up without being asked.

Lyndsey S.

Lyndsey S. helped her classmate with origami.


Elliot offered to erase the board during our game.

Meredith K.

Meredith K. helped during TPR.

Ben L.

Ben L. helped his teacher by carrying her supplies to the classroom.

Charlie Z.

Charlie Z. helped by picking up water bottles

Matt P.

Matt P. opened the door and held it open for a teacher.

Alex S.

Alex S. helped in class.


Samantha helped her classmates pronounce Hebrew words.

Meredith K.

Meredith K. offered to carry her teacher's bag.


Jacob helped clean up without being asked.

Tyler H.

Tyler H. paid full attention during class and in TPR.

Olivia M.

Olivia M. paid attention and helped others in class.

Sam P.

Sam P. graciously helped in the classroom.

Brandon L.

Brandon L. helped the visiting Parade artist.

Taylor S.

Taylor S. was a great friend to someone in need.

Jason N.

Jason N. helped stack chairs after class.

Vivian A.

Vivian A. helped by taking a younger friend to the bathroom.

Ben T.

Ben T. picked up a girl’s hat when it fell.

Jordan K.

Jordan K. helped clean the room.

Evan B.

Evan B. was a good leader during Parade the Temple.

Cayden B.

Cayden B. helped pick up in the class.

Hannah R.

Hannah R. helped in class.

Audrey H.

Audrey H. helped when the madricha dropped the prayer books.

Matt T.

Matt T. eagerly assisted the teacher in class.

Josh R.

Josh R. put away the prayer books without being asked.

Jonah C.

Jonah C. helped create "shalom bayit" by offering to work in any group where the teacher needed him.

Josh A.

Josh A. opened the door.

Sam P.

Sam P. got scissors for the teacher.

Isaac K.

Isaac K. heloed in class.

Matthew T.

Matthew T. helped by picking up the garbage.

Isabel G.

Isabel G. helped put things away after class.

Ryder B.

Ryder B. always waves to Cheri when he passes her.

Charlie R.

Charlie R. worked very hard without distracting the other students in his class.

Logan M.

Logan M. helped in class.

Simon K.

Simon K. helped clean the rooms by picking up papers.

Bella S.

Bella S. offered and gave a glass of water to the person behind her in line at the water cooler.

Caydan B.

Caydan B. helped pick up the prayer books when they fell to the floor.

Cole S.

Cole S. used his napkin to help a friend who spilled some water.

Miranda K.

Miranda K.

Sam B.

Sam B. paid especially good attention in class and wanted to share with others.

Brandon L.

Brandon L. apologized to a friend.

Owen B.

Owen B helped clean up the class.

Teddy B.

Teddy B. helped clean the room.

Camryn K.

Camryn K. told a classmate she was glad his cast was off and hoped he felt better.

Anna L.

Anna L. spent extra time learning her vowels so she could contribute in class.

Jacob L.

Jacob L. offered to help Mrs. Saginor when she had no madrichim in class.

Aliza S.

Aliza S. gave a suggestion to another student who needed help.

Zoey Z.

Zoey Z. saw her teacher needed help, so she carried her teacher's bag.

Clair O.

Clair O. carried her teacher's bag.

Virginia H.

Virginia H. helped by writing on the board.

Justin K.

Justin K. helped in class.

Zoey Z.

Zoey Z. helped in class.

Jenna P.

Jenna P. helped in class.

Maxine G.

Maxine G. paid attention and contributed especially well in class.

Cori A.

Cori A. helped the teacher take attendance.

Gabby L.

Gabby L. helped stack chairs after class.

Trey D.

Trey D. brought money he found on the floor to the office.

Amelia K.

Amelia K. helped by picking papers off the floor after class

Jack B.

Jack B. helped Tyler color his leaf.

Kayla R.

Kayla R. was very eager to learn and contribute in class.

Sabrina F.

Sabrina F. carried books for her teacher

Zoey Z.

Zoey Z. offered to help her teacher move her bags to the classroom.

Brady S.

Brady S. held open the door for the class without being asked.


Ashley helped the Madrich with the prayer books.

Brooke K.

Brooke K helped to organize and clean up.

Charles Z.

Charles Z. showed his willingness to recieve extra help with Hebrew in class.

Jacob F.

Jacob F. spent quite a bit of time straightening up his classroom.


Stella reminded the madricha to turn the page.

Ben L.

Ben L. helped pick up dropped items.

Kelsey C.

Kelsey C. cleaned up without being asked.

Sophia S.

Sophia S. complimented the new haircut of one of her classmates.

Virginia H.

Virginia H. carried her teacher’s bag to class.

Joshua B.

Joshua B. gave 100% effort and attention during class.

Claire O.

Claire O. brought the teacher's Temple bag.

Danielle S.

Danielle S. volunteered to help set up class.

Cole K.

Cole K. put prayer books back in the right bins when they got mixed up.

Nate W.

Nate W. helped carry breakfast food during the retreat.

Carly G.

Carly G. helped to carry the prayer books.

Cole K.

Cole K. helped when the teacher dropped papers.

Robbie P.

Robbie P helped by picking up the trash.

Hannah R.

Hannah R. helped by checking if we had Maccabea.

Josh S.

Josh S. helped Tyler color his leaf.


Carly helped pick up something belonging to another student.

Virginia H.

Virginia H. helped ease her teacher's load by carrying her bag.

Rubin H.

Rubin H. picked up a coin that was dropped.

Jonah S.

Jonah S. showed courage and knowledge in class.


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