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Seventh and Eighth Grade Programs

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to offer the
following programs for students in seventh and eighth grade...

In Mitzvah Corps students will become empowered to respond to important societal issues such as poor education, senior-citizen care, diversity, hunger, homelessness and climate change. This year-long program is divided into eight units, each focused on a different issue. Each unit includes a learning, action and reflection session.

Learning and reflection sessions are held during Religious School hours, Sunday or Wednesday. (Students may choose to attend either day). Action sessions may meet outside of school hours.

The Eighth Grade Tzedek League (“Pursuit of Justice”) delves deeper into one issue. In addition to direct volunteer work, Tzedek League students will discover other ways to pursue justice for their chosen cause, including organizing fundraisers, inviting outside friends to volunteer and lobbying local government officials on behalf of the issue

Tzedek League meets at least twice monthly, with one learning seminar and one volunteer session each month. There also will be additional sessions in which students will teach Mitzvah Corps, host fundraisers and meet with government officials.

For girls in eighth grade, Rosh Hodesh is a “girls only” group that meets monthly on or near the new moon to munch, talk, do ritual, learn, and feel comfortable, Jewish and good about ourselves. Rosh Hodesh meets once a month on a day and time chosen by the group.

This innovative program for eighth grade guys and led by Rabbi Benjamin Zeidman involves games, movies, sports and looking at what it means to be a Jewish man. eMANu-el meets once a month on a day and time chosen by the group.

Al Ta’amod — Don’t be a bystander…bear witness! Eighth graders from Temple Emanu-El, Temple Israel and Temple Shaaray Tefila will travel together for this exciting and meaningful trip where we will help rebuild the city of New Orleans, hear from Jewish and non-Jewish residents about Hurricane Katrina, and experience the various cultures of New Orleans, including live jazz music and a voodoo tour.

Complete the Religious School registration form (available in Word and PDF formats) and return it to the Department of Lifelong Learning. Participation is available only to students whose families are members of Congregation Emanu-El. The 2014-2015 program fee is $1,125 ($50 discount when registration forms and payments are received by July 31, 2014). Note: There is an additional fee of $925 for the New Orleans trip, which covers costs for airfare, hotel, meals and activities.

QUESTIONS? Contact the Department of Lifelong Learning.

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