Chai School Grades 7-12
Team Tikkun means that we are committed and dedicated to repairing the world. Social action programs and events are infused throughout the Tikkun program including:
Students in Grade 7 spend the first half of the year exploring the Shoah (Holocaust) and Human Rights, and the second half of the year delving into the development and current cultural landscape of Israel. Each week they engage in Tefillah Time where students can become ever more confident and competent prayer learners and leaders.
We are pleased to offer Mitzvah Corps, a program that empowers teens to respond to challenges in our society. The year-long course is divided into several units, each focused on a different cause. Each unit includes learning, action (field trips!), and reflection sessions, leaving our students poised to better understand and address the causes explored.
Our 9th Grade students are venturing on an intergenerational program in partnership with the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Students will explore themes of growing up and growing older, making responsible decisions, and being a Jewish teenager through the vehicles of storytelling and personal narratives, documentary filmmaking, reflective writing and blogging, and rich in-person interactions with Jewish seniors. Regular field trips to Hebrew Home are included in this exciting program designed exclusively for our post-B’nai Mitzvah teens. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!
GRADE 10 - CONFIRMATION
Our Confirmation program is taught primarily by Rabbi Brown and addresses the question, "What does it mean to live a progressive Jewish life in the 21st century?" This class offers tools for personal choices that make Judaism meaningful and relevant in a teenager's daily life. Themes explored include God, Jewish Ethics, Anti-Semitism, and Israel.
GRADES 11 & 12
Scarsdale Synagogue Temple Tremont & Emanu-El's "Upper Classmen and Women" explore culturally current topics that are relevant to their lives. Topics are chosen by the teens themselves based on their interests and passions. Possible themes include Modern Midrash, Sex in the Texts, Israeli short and feature films, Tikkun Olam projects (locally, nationally and internationally), IDF soldier visits, Jews and rock & roll, and Jewish identity explorations through photography and other artistic mediums
INTRODUCING OUR SHINSHINIM
We are honored that Scarsdale Synagogue has been chosen to benefit from inclusion of Israeli Shinshinim this year! A Shinshin is an 18 year old Israeli Emissary sent by the Jewish Agency for Israel to communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture. These bright and talented young adults have chosen to postpone their army service for a year in order to participate in this rewarding program. Amit, one of the two Shinshinim serving Westchester County, will be with our school community every Wednesday during Team Tikkun! WATCH A VIDEO & LEARN MORE
ENGAGE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Beyond our vibrant Team Tikkun, teens will have the opportunity to enjoy many community-wide programs:
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Synagogue membership is required for our Religious School.
Exception: Pre-K program is open to non-members as well. However, if the non-member Pre-K child has an older sibling that is attending Religious School, you will need to be a member of the synagogue to be able to join our Religious School.
Learn more about our ground-breaking pledge commitment model and how you can become a member.
"Education is that which remains, when one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
- Albert Einstein
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