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Grades 8-12

High School, Youth Groups, and Activities

Eighth grade is a pivotal time when students make the decision whether to continue their Jewish education after their bar or bat mitzvahs. We are happy and very proud that the vast majority do. As a congregation, we're committed to keeping Shir Tikvah teens engaged—with each other and with the temple community. There are two necessary components to making this work: very good staff and compelling programming that appeals to different interests and aptitudes.

Our religious school high school program, which meets once a week, is workshop-based, and the topics are inspired by the students themselves, guided by our youth educators. Popular classes have included conversational Hebrew, Jewish yoga, and cooking recipes from the Torah. Pizza, dessert, and a lot of social time are included.

We sponsor two youth group programs: our in-house SHTIKY (Shir Tikvah Youth) and participation in northeast regional NFTY (North America's Reform Jewish Youth Movement). SHTIKY is exuberant and fun, and because students come from many different towns and attend different schools, meeting up at youth group events keeps them connected. NFTY programming provides broader opportunities, combining learning, leadership development, social action, and fellowship. 

Students can also get involved within the Shir Tikvah community: working in the temple office after school or training to become religious school teaching aides. If they have a creative talent, skill, or particular interest, we will find ways for them to express themselves. They sing in the temple choir, read from the Torah at services, compose music, supervise creative activities for children, become official videographers at events. One high school senior joined our last rabbi search committee as a full, voting member, representing her cohort group. All our young adults are valued, respected, and loved members of our community. They are our future.

Sat, August 18 2018 7 Elul 5778