Grades 7-8

These are especially critical years for any Jewish student. They are forced to confront the question: What does it mean to be a Jewish adult? Our 7th and 8th grade program offerings allow students to put all of their previous Jewish learning to use in the real world, thus giving them their first view of what it means to live Jewishly as a full participant in the community.

Grade 7

WBTYhelps

Knowing that our seventh grade students are preparing for their B’nei Mitzvah, we have designed a program that uniquely addresses the time constraints, interests, and need for a mitzvah projects. This program is designed for students who are interested in engaging in service learning in order to form deep connections between volunteer work and Jewish tradition. Student select one of seven tracks: Hunger and Homelessness, the Environment, Holocaust, Literacy, Karsh Experience, Kids Helping Kids, the Basketball Track. Once a month (the Basketball Track is weekly), students meet with our partner organization to learn, contribute, and practice what it means to give back and live Jewishly.

Madrichim Training Program

Students are given the opportunity to receive training to be effective assistants in the Religious School classrooms. The curriculum focuses on classroom management skills, providing positive reinforcement, lesson planning, etc. As the year progresses, students will be able to begin their hands-on training in the classrooms, receive feedback and guidance, and hone their skills in order to be ready to work in the Religious School in high school.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

Hosted in welcoming participants’ homes, this program is exclusively for girls. The world they are trying to navigate includes a barrage of cultural mixed messages, images that impact their self-image, social cues that may conflict with their values, and myriad other dilemmas and questions, as well. The Rosh Hodesh program nurtures deep connection among the participants in each group, fosters a safe learning environment, and discusses all of the issues that affect girls most, all through a Jewish lens. Groups may continue together throughout their high school years.

Facing History (Glazer Campus Only)

At the Glazer campus, if ten students are interested in a highly interactive history class unlike any they’ve ever taken, then Facing History is the course for them. At each of its weekly meetings, students experience a 360-degree view of the events in Jewish history that have shaped our culture. They are urged to look at different perspectives, the role of propaganda, why people made the choices they did, and what we learn from our shared history. Each session delves into different aspects and will provide a unique and immersive experience.

Grade 8

WNP: Wednesday Night Program (Irmas Campus Only)

This is the ideal environment for our 8-12 grade students to socialize, relieve some stress midweek, and have programming that is specifically geared to the things that impact their lives the most. For the first half hour, teens have dinner, catch up with one another, play ping-pong and decompress from their days. A rotation of clergy, staff, and guest speakers lead group explorations into various topics of high interest. Students have the ability to examine aspects of day to day life and contemporary issues through a Jewish lens in an open, accepting, inclusive environment. Participants often characterize WNP as a way to unwind from their normal pressures and they look forward to reconnecting with their friends at temple each week.

WBTYhelps

This is for students who are new to this program and students who would like to continue their commitment to volunteerism. This program is designed for students who are interested in engaging in service learning in order to form deep connections between volunteer work and Jewish tradition. Student select one of seven tracks: Hunger and Homelessness, the Environment, Holocaust, Literacy, Karsh Experience, Kids Helping Kids, the Basketball Track. Once a month (the Basketball Track is weekly), students meet with our partner organization to learn, contribute, and practice what it means to give back and live Jewishly.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

Hosted in welcoming participants’ homes, this program is exclusively for girls. For some groups, this may be their second year together, or it may be their first. Regardless, the world girls are trying to navigate includes a barrage of cultural mixed messages, images that impact their self-image, social cues that may conflict with their values, and myriad other dilemmas and questions, as well. The Rosh Hodesh program nurtures deep connection among the participants in each group, fosters a safe learning environment, and discusses all of the issues that affect girls most, all through a Jewish lens. Groups may continue together throughout their high school years.

Madrichim Training Program

Students are given the opportunity to receive training to be effective assistants in the Religious School classrooms. The curriculum focuses on classroom management skills, providing positive reinforcement, lesson planning, etc. As the year progresses, students will be able to begin their hands-on training in the classrooms, receive feedback and guidance, and hone their skills in order to be ready to work in the Religious School in high school. If this is their second year participating in the program, they will be placed in classrooms earlier. Students may earn community service hours for their participation in this program.

Special 8th Grade Programs

Service Learning Trip

FEBRUARY 16-19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GRADES 8-12

Join teens from Kehillat Israel on a service learning trip to San Francisco. Earn 15 hours of community service credit while learning about hunger awareness, food security, and the environment. Participants will have opportunities for hands-on learning, social engagement, and a bit of San Francisco sightseeing. Pending program includes volunteer hours at and visits to:

Urban Adamah, Glide Memorial Church, HaMotzi Food Pantry

SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Temple Emanuel, Congregation Sherith Israel

Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Exploratorium, Embarcadero Farmer’s Market

Cost $850

What They Don't Teach Your Teen

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“What They Don’t Teach Your Teen” is a workshop with four independent sessions (attend however many you want) designed to instruct teenagers (and their parents and loved ones) from the Los Angeles teen community about life safety skills. The goal is to keep teens out of harm’s way and avoid inadvertently causing harm to others—emotionally, physically, and ultimately, perhaps, legally. The workshop is appropriate for Grades 8-12.

The three remaining sessions will cover:

2. Safer Police Interactions and Your Rights

Glazer: Sunday, December 3, 12:30-2pm

Irmas: Wednesday, December 6, 6:30-8pm

3. Digital Safety

Irmas: Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-8pm

Glazer: Sunday, February 25, 12:30-2pm

4. Head on a Swivel: Situational Awareness, Avoiding Violence and Staying Safe

Irmas: Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8pm

Glazer: Sunday, April 29, 12:30-2pm

Past events: Sexual Consent and Teen Dating Violence

Each session lasts 90 minutes (including time for a question-and-answer segment) and is interactive. During the presentations, attendees participate in real-time on the potentially life- and liberty-saving issues and circumstances being covered. The workshop is for parents or teens by themselves, but ideal for parents and their teens to attend together. Los Angeles City Attorney, and What They Don’t Teach series facilitator, Jonathan Cristall provides a prosecutor’s perspective on teaching teens about their rights, privacy, and safety.

Cost: $18 per session

Glazer Campus: 3663 Wilshire Boulevard · Los Angeles, CA · 90010

Irmas Campus: 11661 W. Olympic Boulevard · Los Angeles, CA · 90064