Machane TBAHigh (Grades 8-12)
TBAHigh is a multi-faceted and all-encompassing approach to Jewish teen engagement for students in grade 8-12. TBAHigh meets on Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm with an optional pizza dinner from 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Our program focuses on Jewish learning, identity and community-building, and it draws on the best practices of successful youth engagement. The structure of TBAHigh is the following:
- About once per month, “Core 1 School-Wide Programs” are offered. These are large-scale programs on topics of Jewish teen interest.
- Once per month, “Core 2 grade-level Programs” are scheduled. These include the following:
8th Grade – Comparative Judaism – students learn about the various major movements in American Judaism (includes speakers and trips on occasion).
9th Grade – Introduction to Comparative Religions – students learn about the connections between Judaism, Christianity and Islam (includes speakers and trips on occasion).
10th Grade – Confirmation Class taught by TBA clergy. During the Confirmation year, students explore their own Jewish identity.
11th Grade – Social Justice – students learn about the idea of social justice and about “doing” social justice and how YOU can make a difference.
12th Grade – Beyond High School – students spend the year focusing on what it means to live Jewishly after high school. Topics covered during this year include Jewish life on campus, friendships, freedom, money management, social justice, and Jewish practice as a young adult. Seniors participate in a special t-shirt quilt project in which they reminisce about their childhood via T-shirts collected through the years. After sharing personal stories about the shirts, they are made into beautiful quilts. Seniors also reflect on their studies at Temple Beth Ami, “why they stayed” (at Machane TBA) and they share the answer to that question with the congregation as part of a culminating spring graduation service. The senior year and the graduation ceremony are very meaningful opportunities for students to solidify their connections to their peers, to the congregation and to Judaism.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students also experience two deeply impactful trips. The trips alternate between a Southern Civil Rights Journey which traces the steps of the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia and Alabama and the “L’Taken” program run by the Religious Action Center during which students have the opportunity to learn about the legislative process and to lobby on Capitol Hill.
12th Grade – Sara Barth
Supervisor – Lori Fein
Curriculum Specialist – Sharon Tash