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6th-7th Grade Programs


Special Interest Clubs                                                                                         BAJY: Beth Am Junior Youth    

Our 6th-7th grade program builds a unified cohort of learners among our pre-B’nei Mitzvah students and provides them with rich opportunities to engage in study with our clergy and educators as they prepare for Jewish adulthood. Students grow socially and emotionally through community building exercises designed to build relationships and personal identity. Students engage in a critical reading of Torah, explore the meanings of prayers, and learn about Modern Jewish History and the Holocaust. 

Interspersed with our core classes, 6th-7th graders will choose from a variety of immersives, exploring Jewish themes in deep and experiential ways through art, cooking, science, the outdoors; and more! Optional online clubs are also offered for those looking to pursue special interests in improv or gaming. (Info below!)

Students build Hebrew reading skills in 6th-7th grade Hebrew or individual tutoring, and those choosing to celebrate B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Am begin our Beit Midrash program seven months prior to B’nei Mitzvah.  Students will transition from Hebrew to Beit Midrash based on the timeline of their B'nei Mitzvah. Read more on our Youth Hebrew Learning page.

Sundays, 9:00 AM - 12:30 AM:

  • 9:00-10:00 AM: Core Class with Rabbis or Educators
  • 10:00-10:45 AM:  T’filah with Cantor Shpall
  • 10:45-11:15 AM: Hafsakah (Break and community building activities)
  • 11:15-12:30 PM: 6th-7th Grade Hebrew* or Beit Midrash (students transition from Hebrew to Beit Midrash 7 months prior to their B'nei Mitzvah date)

*6th-7th Grade Hebrew also offered on Wednesdays online or as Individual Tutoring

NOTE: 8th graders on the B'nei Mitzvah track should attend Sunday mornings 10:00-12:30 until their B'nei Mitzvah, and also enroll in Wednesday Teen Nights.

Our 6th & 7th Grade Program is foundational to building the 6th and 7th grade cohorts, so the program incorporates a large amount of social-emotional learning as part of each session. Students will check in and get to know one another as they begin to form relationships that will hopefully last throughout their teen years at Beth Am and beyond.

The core class curriculum is designed to help our 6th and 7th grade students become critical thinkers as they engage with big ideas in Jewish education— values, Torah, prayer and history:

  • 6th Grade Semester 1: Jewish American History and Family History 
  • 6th Grade Semester 2  |  7th Grade Semester 1: A Critical Read of Torah (taught by our rabbis)
  • 7th Grade Semester 2: Facing History and Ourselves Holocaust & Human Behavior
  • 6th & 7th Grade Hebrew: Decoding and Prayer Themes
  • Immersives: Holiday and Social Justice Themes through Electives

Online Special Interest Clubs
This year, we're offering some additional online opportunities for fun special interest clubs! See below for club descriptions and times, and click here to register today for our weekly Improv with Merav and/or monthly Gaming with Solving Fun!

  • Improv with Merav - Improv with Merav is a unique Jewish drama experience where spontaneity, community building, and Jewish learning all happen in a fun and engaging manner. The class offers theatre imrpov games and other creative-based expressions to strengthen Jewish identity, introduce Hebrew, explore weekly Torah portions, and cultivate a close-knit kehillah. If you like having fun and being creative, this is the class for you! Weekly on Thursdays online from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Starts September 23. (Only on weeks with programs - see Symbolic Calendar for details).
  • Gaming with Solving Fun - Join us monthly for brain-twisting fun! The 45-minute sessions include puzzles, games, and other collaborative activities focused on creative thinking and community building. If you love playing games, word play, logic puzzles, problem solving, and brainstorming outside-the-box with others, this is for you! Monthly on Wednesdays online from 4:30-5:15 p.m.  (9/22/21, 10/20/21, 12/1/21, 1/26/22, 2/9/22, 3/9/22, 5/4/22).

BAJY: Beth Am Junior Youth
Our middle school youth group is a special community space for 6th-8th graders. Events include social, cultural and social action experiences, as well as opportunities for peer leadership.

Fri, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782