Upper School Curriculum for Grades 8-12
Under the direction of Rav Sam Blumberg, upper school students will discuss and discover what it means for them to be part of the Jewish people in the 21st century. Through conversation, text-based learning, and hands-on study, our students will learn about the Jewish life cycle, social justice, current events, and more through a Jewish lens, making sense of the world with their Jewish peers and with the support of dedicated teachers and clergy.
Grade-specific learning will take place as well. Rav Blumberg will prepare 10th-grade students for Confirmation and 12th-grade students for graduation. During this time, our eighth- and ninth-graders will learn with our BATY (Beth Am Temple Youth group) adviser Sarah Rosenthal. BATY membership is now included for all upper school students in their religious school tuition as well as pizza dinner nights!
We are excited to announce the launch of J-LOFT (Jewish Learning Opportunities for Teens), a collaboration with several synagogues in the Metrowest area to provide opportunities for Jewish teens to learn together. Rav Blumberg will co-teach a course on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (alternating with our TBA class schedule) on Gender, Love, and Relationships. On select Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., the Religious Action Center will offer a track where students can explore topics such as civic engagement, racial equity, and advocacy. More information can be found here.
Participation in J-LOFT is optional but greatly encouraged. Periodically throughout the year, the upper school will join with J-LOFT to celebrate a few holidays with our kickoff event scheduled during Sukkot, on October 5, during our regular hours. If your child is registered in TBA upper school religious school program, there is no additional charge. For temple members whose children are not registered in religious school, there is a fee to join J-LOFT. Please reach out to VP of Education, Jami Stein for more information. There will be an extra registration fee for the RAC program with a pay-what-you-can model. More information will be forthcoming. Please check out the J-LOFT website at https://jlofths.wordpress.com.