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jLAB: Monday afternoon

Middle school students meet together on Monday afternoons from 4:30-7:00 pm. The day has several components:

Grade-level classes with specific curricular focus  |  4:30-5:15 pm 

Grade 6: Mitzvot Students examine our commandments and explore what is relevant to them and how these laws “fit” in their modern lives. Students will also engage in Hebrew studies to develop and maintain their skills as they approach becoming b’nei mitzvah.

Grade 7: Torah Students explore overriding themes within the Torah as well as specific portions and determine where they see themselves in the stories and texts of our people.

Grade 8: Hineini (I am Here!) Students turn theory into reality by applying Jewish teachings and values to their own lives and exploring opportunities for them to participate in Jewish life as they move into their teenage years. 

T’filah 5:15-5:45 pm Our middle school students use the natural setting in which it occurs to learn prayer. Students have opportunities to help lead this service alongside the Cantor, and all participants develop the lifelong skill of prayer literacy.

Tracks comprised of mixed grade-levels 5:45-6:30 pm | Students can choose from:

Creative Arts 

Students explore Judaism as integrated with the arts. Opportunities include creative writing, culinary arts, dance, theatre, vocal music, and visual arts. Students also have an option to learn song leading skills in a separate sub track as an instrumental or vocal artist.

Science & Technology

Students explore Judaism as integrated with science and technology. Opportunities include robotics, video game design, earth and sky, digital film production, food science, programming and coding, 3D animation, and biology.


Students explore Judaism as integrated with sports and team building. Opportunities include basketball, flag football, gaga, fitness & conditioning, soccer, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and running.

Dinner 6:30-7:00 pm

Students are able to socialize and build community with their peers over a casual meal.

Thu, July 16 2020 24 Tammuz 5780