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.
Kindergarten/1st Grade Consecration - October 4, 2013
2nd Grade - November 1, 2013
4th Grade - December 6, 2013
3rd Grade - February 7, 2014
5th Grade - March 7, 2014
6th Grade - April 4, 2014
Teacher & Madrichim Appreciation - May 2, 2014
8th & 9th Grade Retreat Program RSVP
Ready for the time of your life? Want to explore the depths of every day situations through a Jewish lens? Join Rabbi Franzel and Ross Levy for a pre-confirmtion year filled with exciting monthly programs, amazing weekends away, and a culminating trip to NYC. Through the various programs and activities planned, we will explore issues of our relationships with friends, family members and the world around us through the lens of middot (Jewish values). We will also strive to create a community of empowered caring teens who engage in meaningful learning experiences that are interactive, spiritual and fun!
Questions, comments concerns about the 8th & 9th Grade Program? Please contact Ross M. Levy at 610-649-7800 x312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PACT (Parent and Child Together) is an interactive program for parents and students. Throughout the year, on specially planned Sundays, parents participate with their children, to learn in greater depth a section of their child’s Judaic curriculum. Parents and children then come together for joint learning and participatory activities. Family Shabbat and/or Havdallah programs are also offered.
September 29, 2013 Kindergarten PACT
October 13, 2013 3rd Grade PACT
November 10, 2013 6th Grade PACT
December 8, 2013 1st Grade PACT
January 26, 2014 2nd Grade PACT
February 9, 2014 5th Grade PACT
March 23, 2014 4th Grade PACT
The Religious School at Main Line Reform Temple is committed to instilling a positive attitude toward being Jewish. It is the goal of our school to help children and their families:
- Appreciate the value of Jewish Education, participation in Jewish learning at home, in school, at the Temple, and in the community.
- Become familiar with the major sources of Jewish beliefs, traditions and practices and their relevancy to contemporary times.
- Have informed sense of the special relationship of God to our people as a whole, and how and why Jews individually believe in God as a sustaining force in our lives.
- Understand the role of Judaism in world history and develop pride in Jewish accomplishment in history.
- Recognize the role of Israel in the development of Judaism, and develop an emotional bond to the people and land of Israel.
- Learn skills to participate in Reform Worship service and find meaning in prayer.
- Learn the Hebrew language.
- Understand and experience fulfillment as human beings and as Jews. Make the Temple a place to feel spiritual and welcome.