The Emanu-El Fellowship (TEF):
Foundations Of A Moral Community

The Emanu-El Fellowship is an innovative program for 8th–12th grade students designed to inspire, embrace, challenge, and unite our next generation of Jewish leaders.

Throughout the five year program, Emanu-El Fellows will explore their Jewish identity, tradition, and history. They will be challenged to focus this perspective upon ethical considerations through group study as well as service learning. The goal of TEF is to produce tomorrow’s Jewish leaders: dedicated and well informed individuals, prepared to encounter a modern, diverse society through a Jewish ethical lens.

Emanu-El Fellows will participate in class discussion, family dialogue, and social justice opportunities. Fellows will have the opportunity to solidify this foundation through several retreats.

We want YOU to be an Emanu-El Fellow!

TEF runs on Sunday afternoons from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, September through May. This includes a social time, lunch, and one hour of core classes. Classes are held 2-3 Sundays a month.

Register HERE for 2014-2015


Grade 8

Tough Questions Jews Ask

Using the book, Tough Questions Jews Ask as a guide, this class will explore contemporary and controversial issues that not only affect our teens, but society as a whole, today. Guided by our ancient texts and traditions, students will look at issues of euthanasia, war, death and dying, messianic beliefs, abortion, and much more and see what Judaism has to say about all of it. This class encourages friendly debate and open and honest conversation.

8th Grade students take the much anticipated Jewish Heritage trip to Los Angeles. This excursion takes them to IKAR or Temple Emanu-El of Beverly Hills for Shabbat Services, the Museum of Tolerance, Beit T’Shuvah, and an evening in Disneyland. The LA Trip allows students to build and expand their peer relationships as well as explore Jewish ethics through a modern framework.

Grade 8 has two Family Education Days, one in the fall and one in the spring.
Sample Syllabus Document


Ninth Grade StudentsGrade 9

The Shoah: Exploring History to Craft Our Future

In many regards, current Holocaust education has gotten away from the core lessons that need to be learned from this rich, and horrific, history. This course will take 9th grade students on a journey from 1919 to 1945, exploring the Weimar Republic, dehumanization, as well as personal stories of resistance and rescue. Once the intricacies and uniqueness of the Holocaust are understood, the future generation can then recognize the patterns of genocide and make efforts in maintaining human rights and compassion for all peoples.

One long weekend in the Spring, grades 9, 10, 11,and 12 will participate in a 2 night, 3-day retreat at Camp Newman. Students will celebrate Shabbat, spend quality time as a Havurah; build new friendships and expand existing ones. Students will enjoy all the wonderful things Camp Newman has to offer along with actually rest on Shabbat and extended in-depth learning sessions with Emanu-El clergy and phenomenal guest teachers that relates directly to their core curricula.

Grade 9 has one Family Education Day where they will hear personal testimony from a Holocaust survivor.


10th Grade StudentsGrade 10

Life Cycle and American Jewry

Grade 10 allows our students to ask, "how does Judaism apply to my every day life?" and "what does it mean to be a part of the people of Yisrael?"  If God is one, why are there so many different Jewish views of what God is?  What does it mean to be an American Jew or a Reform Jew for that matter?  This class will attempt to answer these questions among others as students utilize the tools of Jewish texts, theology, and historical experience.  Often there will be more questions than answers-but that too is part of being a member of Am Yisrael - those who engage with and struggle with and embrace - God, holiness and hope!

 New to our teen travel plans this year is a long weekend in New York exploring our pioneer roots with Rabbi Jonathan Singer. This trip is open to grades 10 and 11.

One long weekend in the Spring, grades 9, 10, 11,and 12 will participate in a 2 night, 3-day retreat at Camp Newmab. Students will celebrate Shabbat, spend quality time as a Havurah; build new friendships and expand existing ones. Students will enjoy all the wonderful things Camp Newman has to offer along with actually rest on Shabbat and extended in-depth learning sessions with Emanu-El clergy and phenomenal guest teachers that relates directly to their core curricula.

Grade 10 has one Family Education Program.


11th Grade StudentsGrade 11

Comparative Religions

11th grade students explore their own religious history as well as the other major religions of the world. This is very experiential year filled with multiple field trips around the city; from the local Islamic Center to a Cathedral to an Orthodox synagogue. Students will engage in deep discussions about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. This journey will prepare them for their Confirmation/Graduation ceremony in 12th grade where they will publically affirm their Jewish religious expression.

 New to our teen travel plans this year is a long weekend in New York exploring our pioneer roots with Rabbi Jonathan Singer. This trip is open to grades 10 and 11.

One long weekend in the Spring, grades 9, 10, 11,and 12 will participate in a 2 night, 3-day retreat at Camp Newmab. Students will celebrate Shabbat, spend quality time as a Havurah; build new friendships and expand existing ones. Students will enjoy all the wonderful things Camp Newman has to offer along with actually rest on Shabbat and extended in-depth learning sessions with Emanu-El clergy and phenomenal guest teachers that relates directly to their core curricula.

Grade 11 has one Family Education Day in the spring.

 


12th Grade StudentsGrade 12

Senior Seminar/ Confirmation & Graduation

The Senior year is divided into two sections. The first semester will prepare our students for life beyond Temple Emanu-El's walls. Guided by a member of our clergy, our graduating Fellows will have the opportunity to explore questions about God, Torah and Israel that they have been wrestling with throughout their Jewish educational experience.  They will look at Jewish life on campus; Hillel, AIPAC, Chabad, etc. The second semester will focus their attention on the Confirmation/Graduation journey and ceremony. The students will study the evolution of Confirmation and its legacy within Reform Judaism and at Temple Emanu-El. Along with the clergy and the director of adolescent education, the class will compile their Confirmation/Graduation ceremony and declare their personal religious expression on the bima in May.

12th Grade students will embark on a journey to the national American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in March. Along with a member of our clergy and many Temple congregants, the teens will join thousands of Jews in Washington D.C. to understand policy making, advocacy and lobbying.

Grade 12 has two Family Education Days, one in the fall and one in the spring.

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