7th – 12th Grade Chai Learning and Kallot

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.

9TH GRADE – MAKING JEWISH DECISIONS
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.

10TH GRADE – CONFIRMATION
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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

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.

RETURNING FAMILIES: USE THE PERSONALIZED LINK IN YOUR EMAIL FROM PAYQUIQ

NEW FAMILIES: Link to Registration