8th Grade and Hebrew High
8th Grade: Mon 6:30pm-8:30pm/9th-12th grades: Tues 6:30pm-8:30pm
At TSTI we believe that learning should be a lifelong pursuit. Our educational programs begin in Kindergarten and continue through 12th grade.
We are tremendously proud of the success of our 8th grade and 9-12th grade Hebrew High programs which typically include over 120 students. These students have made the choice to continue their involvement beyond the “required” age of b’nai mitzvah because they feel connected to their peers, their teachers, and our wider temple community.
Teens help to drive class content, allowing them to delve into mature discussions about issues that they find relevant and meaningful, gaining an understanding of what these topics mean to them as Jews. Class topics include current events, history, politics, diversity, social justice, God, and modern Israel, to name a few.
Some quotes from our 9th-12th grade students:
“Coming to Hebrew High is an important part of my week. It gives me a break from the academic and social stress of school.”
“Hebrew High gives me a chance to be with friends from many different towns.”
“During Hebrew High I get to really ask questions and to explore what I believe without feeling judged and I know I can change my views at any time.”
Here’s what our 8th graders said when they were describing their program to the 7th graders:
“We always knew we were learning but it never felt like school.”
“Each week we learned something new that really meant something to us.”
“Do the 8th grade program. If you don’t you will regret it for the rest of your life.
If you have questions about the 8-12th grade programs, contact Adam Baranker, Youth Engagement Coordinator.