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Curriculum: 7th Grade

Response to Modernity

The 7th graders have a schedule that allows them time to meet more students, choose classes of interest to them, and learn from many different teachers. This enhances their peer-to-peer socialization, give them opportunities to be inspired in different ways by their various teachers, and also allow them to move from class to class as they are accustomed to doing in Middle School.

7th grade class resize

The Core Judaics / Homeroom class is comprised of students who represent the diversity of the class as a whole (rather than being based on anyone’s Hebrew learning level). In fact, we encourage parents to use the registration forms to request, if they wish, a student with whom they would like their child to be placed in this class.

The curriculum for this Core Judaics / Homeroom class, “Response to Modernity,” includes units on Comparative Judaism (comparing the different movements within Judaism), the Holocaust (including an introduction to the history of anti-Semitism and the way that the Holocaust pushes us to fight against genocide or racism wherever it appears in our world today), and the history of the modern State of Israel.

For the Sunday morning elective period, students have three elective units throughout the year. For each approximately seven week unit, they choose from among four elective topics. On Tuesday evenings, the 7th and 8th graders together have two or three elective units and choose from among as many as seven elective topics for each unit. (Students who are still preparing for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony brush up on their Hebrew in a B’nai Mitzvah Preparation class.) Students choose among topics as varied as Modern Jewish Music, Israeli Film, and more.

Seventh graders are also encouraged to become involved with jBATY (junior Beth Am Temple Youth).

Schedule for 7th graders:

Sunday morning: Tuesday evening:
9:45 - 10:55 AM: Sunday Electives 5:30 - 6:15 PM: Optional pizza dinner
10:55 - 11:05 AM: Recess and Passing Time 6:15 - 6:45 PM: Services in Sanctuary, led by the rabbis
11:05 AM - 12:15 PM: Core Judaics/Homeroom 6:45 - 7:27 PM: Tuesday Electives (with 8th graders)
7:27 - 7:32 PM: Passing Time
7:32 - 8:15 PM: Core Judaics/Homeroom