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Monday afternoon in-person OR Tuesday evening online

Our Gesher (“Bridge”) program for middle school students meets together in-person at Temple Beth Sholom on Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 pm OR online on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm. Gesher has several components:

Judaic Studies classes by grade-level 

Grade 6: Torah

Our 6th grade learners focus primarily on learning and developing their Hebrew reading skills. They will expand on this by adding some Torah components to their learning. This will primarily be found in the exploration of Hebrew “roots” that will allow our learners to start deriving meaning of Hebrew vocabulary and phrases. They will also be able to explore many of our prayers in context, looking at where they appear in the Torah text (when applicable) and why they have become part of our worship experience.

Grade 7: Nevi’im (The Prophets) 

The 7th grade will explore the concept of Tikkun Olam (fixing the world) by learning what the Prophets had to say about our responsibilities to the world around us and embedding these teachings in a Jewish context. Learners will be able to connect ancient ideas of the Prophets to current events and discover how Judaism can enrich their understanding of the world today.

Grade 8: Ketuvim (Writings)

Our 8th grade learners will build upon their concepts of Tikkun Olam by examining selections from a wide variety of Jewish texts, including (but not limited to) our megillot (scrolls), the Mishnah, Midrash, Talmud, and modern Jewish thinkers. They will be able to examine the evolution of Jewish ideas about a variety of topics and apply these concepts to modern dilemmas, allowing learners to grapple with their own beliefs as they head into young adulthood guided by Jewish wisdom.

Tracks comprised of mixed grade-levels

For the 2021-2022 school year, our Gesher learners will study modern Jewish history during their Track sessions. This will include sub-units on the settling of Jews in America; the Holocaust; and the founding of the State of Israel. Learners will have the option to study these topics and more through one of these three Tracks:

  • Art
  • Film & Literature
  • Journalism

Learners will explore modern Jewish history using these avenues and will also have opportunities to engage in Project Based Learning using these modalities.

T’filah – In-Person Only

Our Gesher learners use the natural setting in which it occurs to learn prayer. Learners have opportunities to help lead this service alongside the Cantor, and all participants develop the lifelong skill of prayer literacy.While T’filah will not be a component of our online offering, we encourage families enrolled in this modality to take advantage of T’filah opportunities offered through Temple Beth Sholom every Friday at 6:00pm and every Saturday at 10:30am. Shabbat services can be attended in-person or viewed online.


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Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782