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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 4:30-7:00pm (includes dinner!) OR online on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm. Gesher has several components:

Judaic Studies classes by grade-level 

Grade 6: Hebrew Reading and Decoding, grouped by level.

            Grade 7: Prayer OR Modern/Conversational Hebrew (based on level and B’Mitzvah date)

            Grade 8: Challenges and Choices: A Jewish Teen’s Guide to a Balanced Life

Prayer Class: Learners with a B’Mitzvah date in 2024 will spend 7 weeks of their Hebrew learning with Cantor Porat, practicing prayers that they will lead during their B’Mitzvah service and starting the study of Torah cantillation.

Workshops comprised of mixed grade-levels

Film Production: From character development and scriptwriting to directing, shooting, and editing, learners can engage in all aspects of film production and creatively explore a whole new world of Jewish storytelling.

Musical Theater: Learners will work on character development, breath and vocal techniques, improvisational methods, beats and objectives, physical awareness, audition skills, and ensemble building. These elements will be explored through previously mounted Jewish and Jewish-themed works and unique productions created by our learners.

Visual Art: Learners will think critically about Jewish ideas through drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, etc. They will derive inspiration from pieces by Jewish artists and from the natural world around us, developing a critical eye to design and execute unique works.

Tefilah – 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 Tefilah will not be a component of our online offering, we encourage families enrolled in this modality to take advantage of Tefilah 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.



Sat, September 30 2023 15 Tishrei 5784