Teen Programming: 7th through 12th Grade


TEENS: Our 7th graders study together with Rabbi Adam Wright every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Curriculum focuses on the lessons of the Torah and how those lessons affect our everyday lives along with specific areas of study such as the Holocaust, Israel, and Race Relations. Special guests, who are trained in specific fields, join us to add to the experience.

TEEN FOUNDATION 8th & 9th GRADE: Combining elements of teen philanthropy, community service, and leadership development, this cutting-edge youth program was pioneered as a way to engage our 8th & 9th graders in doing important mitzvah work while having fun hanging out together. The Teen Foundation teaches about tzedakah (charity), gemilut chasadim (deeds of kindness), and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through site visits to local not-for-profit agencies (both Jewish and secular) observing the great work of these agencies. They gain experience meeting agency directors to find out the inner workings of these organizations so they can decide to whom they would like to make grants from the money they raise both individually and as a group throughout the year.


Students in 10th grade prepare for their Confirmation which is held in the season of Shavuot in the Spring. Classes are taught by the Rabbi and Cantor, focusing on the student’s Jewish journey, their relationship with God, and lessons of Jewish values along with the meaning of Confirmation in their lives.


These bi-monthly classes, held on Wednesdays (October to May) from 4:30-5:30 PM with Rabbi Adam Wright are designed to create a post-confirmation program for our 11th and 12th-grade students at Temple Emanu-El. The program focuses on leadership, citizenship, and life skills, especially when the students turn 18 and attend university. Students learn about building credit, money management, voting, citizenship, governing, leadership in the 21st century, and immigration. They explore elements to succeed in college: choosing a major and ethical behavior. They also discuss Israel advocacy and Jewish life on campus, ROTC, and civil rights. ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

Questions? Contact our Director of Education, Lynda Gutcheon, at lynda@ourtemple.org or 205.933.8037.