Welcome back to another exciting year at Main Line Reform Temple! As you enter your year of B’nai Mitzvah, your Religious School education gets even more exciting with a new experiential learning adventure!
The 7th grade program is an integral part of Jewish education at MLRT. The lessons are not based on B’nai Mitzvah, but on how we engage with the world around us. Throughout the course of the year, the students will enjoy Chugim (electives), which are experiential educational programs on topics such as Jewish Identity, Israel, American Jewry, Social Justice, and the Holocaust. We will engage with outside Social Justice Organizations as well as guest speakers in order to enhance the educational experience.
Thanks to a generous congregant donation, we will pilot a program called IWitness, through the USC Shoah Foundation. IWitness is an interactive, digitally based Holocaust education program created by Steven Spielberg. Students will be able to explore online Holocaust testimonials, resulting in our own students creating service announcement videos about various topics related to the Holocaust. Accentuating this experience, students will also travel to Ellis Island in New York City (assuming it has reopened) and to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
There are no assigned classrooms in 7th grade because learning groups and teacher pairings vary depending on the weekly program. Some weeks, we will meet as an entire group, while other weeks we will break into smaller groups depending on choice of topic. The goal of the 7th grade program is to enhance the student experience and break away from the normal classroom lecture style of teaching. The 7th Grade students are asked to be active participants in learning, while addressing the needs of teens to socialize with their peers. The 7th grade program meets on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
We have assembled an outstanding 7th grade teaching staff:
Bracha Camron Brachac48@gmail.com
Or Ben-Ari firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross M. Levy RLevy@mlrt.org
Rabbi Lauren Brody-Hyett email@example.com
If you have any questions contact me at SSchwartz@mlrt.org.