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Curriculum: 9th Grade

9thGradeYouthActivist Judaism

In the 9th grade curriculum, “Activist Judaism,” the students address questions such as: “How can we apply our values and ethics to real life modern situations?” and “What are the mitzvot that should guide our lives?”

During a majority of the sessions, the students participate in interactive lessons about social justice and mitzvot. Then, on the rest of the Tuesday evenings, the students go out and work in small groups at local social service agencies. By volunteering in such intensive community service projects, all framed within a Jewish context, students learn about the power of the individual to make a difference in the lives of others and about our responsibilities as Jews to help fix the problems of our world. 

All ninth through twelfth graders are also encouraged to become Madrichim (teacher helpers), and become involved with our outstanding Beth Am Temple Youth group, BATY.

Schedule for 9th graders:

Two out of three Tuesday evenings: One out of three Tuesday evenings:
6:15 – 6:45 PM: Services in Sanctuary, led by the rabbis 6:15 – 6:35 PM: Parents drive students to agencies
6:45 – 8:15 PM: Small group classes or large group programs 6:35 – 7:55 PM: Volunteer work
7:55 – 8:15 PM: Parents drive students back from agencies