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8th Grade: Holocaust and Human Behavior: We explore “Facing History and Ourselves” Holocaust curriculum which leads students through an examination of the history of the Holocaust, and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement. By focusing on the choices of individuals who experienced this history—students are given a lens to thoughtfully examine the universal themes and questions about human behavior inherent in a study of the Holocaust.

9th Grade: Modern Israel: We will explore the various aspects of Israel’s history, society and culture and their impact on the founders’ vision for a Jewish state, as well as the challenges that Israel faces today.  Students will be introduced to the many facets of the land, the people, and the cultures of Israel.

10th--Confirmation: More Information Coming Soon!

11 & 12th: Jewish Adulting: In 11th and 12th grades, students participate in classes with our senior Rabbis, Rabbi Alan Freedman and Rabbi Neil Blumofe on Sunday afternoons. In these sessions, students and our clergy discuss issues ranging from sexuality from a Jewish perspective, theology, and preparation for being a Jewish adult on college campuses and beyond.

JTX: Electives

Club Musika - Sundays, 1:35 - 2:35 PM Love playing an instrument or singing? Check out Songleading & Band Club MusikaPractice the intricacies of being a great song leader and teacher, from picking up the energy level of the crowd, to body movement and eye contact. Become more comfortable singing while playing, a valuable skill you can take with you forever. Learn to use your instrument (e.g. flute, keyboard, violin) as part of the song-leading team. Learn the importance of and improve your skills in accompaniment and supporting your fellow musicians as a leading team. Expand your Jewish music repertoire and knowledge.

In order to enroll you must (for instrumentalists) be able to read music on treble or bass clef and have 2 years of experience in school band or 2 years of private lessons. All musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists) interested in participating are asked to send in a video of yourself performing a song of your choosing no later than August 22 to If you are uncomfortable making or unable to make a video, we will hold in-person auditions on Sunday, August 29 from 2-4pm in the Temple Beth Shalom sanctuary. 


  • Students will gather repertoire, tools, and leadership qualities to lead a congregation musically
  • Students will gain confidence and comfort on their chosen instrument and their ability to be a part of a musical team
  • Students will have the opportunity to help arrange music and lead music live at services and community events

Modern Hebrew -, Day and Time TBD  Mah koreh? What's happening? Ready to learn to speak Hebrew? In this class you'll get an introduction to conversational Modern Hebrew. We use games, songs, videos and fun exercises to learn and practice. You can learn a little or a lot, depending on your goals. If you did this class last year, don't worry there's still lots more to learn!

World Jewish History - Day and Time TBD
Learn the big story of the Jewish people, starting from our emergence over 3000 years ago through many twists and turns of history all the way to today. When and how did the Jewish people come about? Did King David exist? Who wrote the Bible? From Masada to Rome to Napoleon to Austin or Tel Aviv today, what's the connection? These are just some of the questions we explore in this class designed to help you understand the Jewish world beyond the synagogue.

More Electives coming soon!

Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782