Class Descriptions and Goals for Monday Night Live — 2020-2021 (5781)

Monday Night Live!

Grades 8th-12th

Mondays 6:15-7:30pm

As part of the brand new Living Judaism: Religious School at Shaaray Tefila, Monday Night Live has been transformed to reflect the experiential “Gates of Learning” Education Program. Eighth - 12th graders will meet weekly on Mondays from 6:15pm - 7:30pm. The entire community will begin the evening together with a pizza dinner and schmoozing. All of Monday Night Live! will be taught by Senior Staff so that you can be assured that our older students have regular contact and connection with the Rabbis and Directors of programming. We can promise that your teen will connect with Judaism in a whole new way!

The Benefits

Unity of Community:

Alternating A-B schedules: During "A" weeks your child will engage in a more traditional grade-specific curriculum. During "B" weeks learners will take part in our "Gates of learning" experience theme connecting them to our greater congregation.


"A" weeks will offer our students foundational Jewish knowledge. "B" weeks will have fun, creative, small and large group community action and project-based learning


The Gate experience will consist of infusing everyday experiences with Jewish values, history and education. For instance, in the "Gate" of Israel learners will experience the rich history of the city of Tzfat through a night of painting. Or while learning about different sects of Judaism, we will cook a Sephardic dish together! Interest and curiosity will be piqued as a result of the variety of "out of the box" experiential learning: Jewish memories and connections will be created through action learning. Students will wonder, "what are we doing this week!"


Dinner time will be spent interacting with other students, faculty and Rabbis, beginning with Ha Motzi and ending with Birkat Hamazon (the blessing after meals) led by Senior Staff.

8th grade

Our 8th graders will come together specifically to make the world a better place! Whether they take part in caring for themselves, the earth or others, the focus is on tikkun olam (repairing the world). The learners will actively participate in social action projects to help those in need. Additionally, areas of discussion and study are relevant and timely issues that impact middle school students with an emphasis on ethical dilemmas and lively debates.

Meets weekly Monday 6:15-7:30pm

9th grade

Our 9th graders, led by a member of our Senior Staff, will focus on “Jewish Identity”, Israel, comparative religion and study different sects of Judaism. They will experience guest speakers with differing perspectives on religious life, customs and social issues in the world. Environmental issues, anti-Semitism, hands-on social action, current events and cooking are part of the 9th grade curriculum. Included in our goals for 9th grade, is the expansion of each student’s horizons as we expose them to different ideas and cultures and educate them within a backdrop of tolerance and acceptance.

Meets weekly Monday 6:15-7:30pm

10th grade

Confirmation is a special year. During class with our Senior Staff members, our students explore a variety of Jewish topics from a more mature perspective. Confirmation class also includes a mandatory 4 day/3 night trip to RAC (Religious Action Center) in Washington, D.C. The end of the year is celebrated by a meaningful service and a special dinner surrounding the Holiday of Shavuot.

Meets weekly Monday 6:15-7:30pm

11th-12th grade

Monday 6:15pm-7:30pm (approx. twice a month). Post Confirmation students, led by our Senior Staff, learn about various critical topics, whether local or global, through a Jewish lens. Many lessons taught are devoted to helping our 11th and 12th graders prepare for their transition into adult life. From speakers to experiential, hands-on learning and in depth discussions it is one of the richest learning experiences we offer our teens.

Madrichim (Teacher’s Assistants)

Students in 8th-12th grade may apply to our Madrichim (guides) program. While they work at the temple, they may work in a classroom, tutor Hebrew, or assist in office work. This is a wonderful opportunity for your teen to become a role model for our younger students, learn leadership skills, and assist in all areas of pedagogy. For students who are in 8th, grade hours are applied to community service. Students who are in grades 9-12 may choose community service hours or a paycheck.

If you have a child attending Monday Night Live! we will provide a fully supervised homework and childcare center for enrolled students in grades 1-7. This convenient program is free of charge and will run between the hours of 6:30-8:00p.m. on Monday evenings

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