8-12th Grade The Emanu-El Fellowship (TEF): Foundations Of A Moral Community
Your child’s religious school education does NOT end with the B’nei Mitzvah, in fact, it is truly just beginning.We want YOUR TEEN to be an Emanu-El Fellow!
TEF is a five year program where our teens explore their Jewish identity, tradition, and history. They are challenged with contemporary ethical considerations through group study as well as service learning. Students reflect on their Jewish legacy in order to shape their future. 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 participate in debate, hevruta study, family learning, special events and immersive travel opportunities which include LA, NYC and DC!
- At this time, the 8th-11th grade classes will meet on Sundays from 11 am-12 pm on Zoom
- At this time, Grade 12th classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm on Zoom
Tough Questions and Sacred Choices, taught by Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich
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 sexuality, war, death and dying, tattoos, bullying, 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.
9th Grade: Politics and High Drama: Israel through the Lens of the Eurovision Song Contest taught by Ilan Vitemberg, with two sessions on the Shoah (Holocaust) taught by Ariana Estoque
Why did the Israeli government almost fall three times because of a song competition? What are the relationships between Donald Trump, Wonder Woman, China and Israel? Why do Israelis of all origins and walks of life jump into fountains in the main square of Tel Aviv at 3:00 am??!! The Eurovision Song Contest is the most watched live TV event in the world, yet, very few Americans know what it is all about. In Israel, Eurovision is a big deal. Students will get a closer and unique look look into Israel’s DNA and discover what makes this country tick. The tension between the ultra orthodox and secular Jews, between Ashkenazi and Sepharadi Jews, between Arab Israelis and Jews come into play, alongside beautiful moments of unity, as Israel, once a year, chooses the song that represents it in this contest.
Theology and American Jewry, taught by Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Grade 10 allows our students to ask, “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!
Comparative Religions and Social Justice, taught by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris
11th grade students explore their own religious history as well as the other major religions of the world. This is very experiential year is filled with multiple field trips around the city; from the local Islamic Center to Saint Ignatius 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 publicly affirm their Jewish religious expression.
On The Map/Senior Seminar/ Confirmation, taught by Rabbi Ryan Bauer
The Senior year at Emanu-El truly allows our students to explore Jewish life beyond Emanu-El and San Francisco. 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. They will also use the curriculum, On The Map, to explore the complexities of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The final portion of the year, the students will shift their attention to 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 and adult education, the class will compile their Confirmation ceremony and declare their personal religious expression on the bima, tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021.
Questions? Contact Tori Starks, Teen Programs Manager, at [email protected]
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