7th & 8th Grade
“When I was a Young person, I wanted to change the world. But I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my country. When I found I couldn’t change my country, I began to focus on my town. However, I discovered that I couldn’t change the town, and so as I grew older I tried to change my family. Now as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself. But, I’ve come to recognize that if long ago I had started with myself, then I could have made an impact on my family. And my family and I could have made an impact on our town. And that, in turn could have changed the country and we could all indeed have changed the world.”
- Celebrate teens’ areas of strength and explore their areas of potential growth.
- Explore Judaism as a toolbox which can help us find intentional ways to grow as human beings and to relate to our families, friends, and community.
- Create a community that celebrates our strengths and our weaknesses and that presents each person on a journey of their own spiritual growth.
- Challenge our teens to look at situations through the lens’ of others to develop their ability to respect and connect with different strengths and points of view.
How will we accomplish this?
- Learn: Use a variety of Jewish texts and stories to students learn about different character traits. Students will set goals for their own character development and we will check-in throughout the year. Check out this Periodic Table of Making a Mensch for an overview of these traits. Which do you see in your teen? Which does your teen value in others?
- Apply: We will use our collective goals and existing strengths to team up and address global issues. For example, how might someone with the strength of creativity play a role in this pandemic? How might that be different from someone who wants to grow the trait of bravery?
- Create and Teach: We will use different media to share our learning with the Religious School.
- Where: This program will be virtual, with in person options as the public health situation allows. Due to COVID-19, this program will not involve off-site volunteering. We hope to run this program on a 2 year cycle, so that in 2021-2022 our middle students can have the Mitzvah Corps’ service-learning experience.
- When: Weekly with options on both Sunday mornings (9:30am – 12pm) and Monday afternoons (4-6pm), during the same times that Religious School meets for the younger grades.
- Who: Rabbi Rachel Gross-Prinz will teach 7th/8th grade.
- Cost: $1,775, as with other years of religious school; a $100 discount per student will be issued to any family who registers in full by by June 30, 2020. To pay online by credit card, go to www.emanuelnyc.org/payment.
- How: All 7th and 8th grade families have received pre-filled registration forms by email; additional copies can be requested from or blank copies can be downloaded from www.emanuelnyc.org/rsapply