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4:30 – 7:00 pm | Mondays

*Dinner is provided 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Our jLAB middle school participants will have two 45-minute class sessions: one core grade-level class and one elective track with mixed ages.

Curriculum in the grade-level classes will focus on:

Mitzvot (Grade 6)

Torah (Grade 7)

Hineini – I Am Here (Grade 8)


Hebrew reading and comprehension skills will be reinforced throughout these curricula and integrated into weekly learning sessions.

Track options include:


Science and Technology

Creative Arts

In-between the two class sessions is a 20-minute weekday t'filah experience. This is a learning service, giving our middle school youth a chance to delve deep into the meanings of prayers and gain an overall understanding of the service. These experiences will be largely youth-led with guidance and mentoring from the clergy.

In addition, Grade 6 students participate in Hebrew “Boot Camp” during the fall using the “Let’s Learn Hebrew Side-By-Side” curriculum. Each student will be matched one-on-one with a mentor for 12 weekly one-hour sessions, during which reading and decoding skills will be taught. Scheduling between students and their mentors will occur outside of Monday afternoon class sessions.

To prepare for bar or bat mitzvah, students participate in 20 one-hour sessions with a b’nei mitzvah tutor; this is coordinated through the cantor’s office.

Middle school youth also participate in Jr. BESHTY outings on weekends and/or school holidays including the much anticipated annual NFTY-STR Hatikvah Kallah!

Thu, June 27 2019 24 Sivan 5779