YFE 6th Grade (2024-2025)

The 6th Grade program focuses on Shabbat and The Prophetic Voice (nevi’im). There are 4 components to the 6th Grade year:

1) Shabbat Exchange – the core of the 6th Grade Curriculum: students and families will come together one Saturday a month to explore the Shabbat Morning Torah Service. It will be an interactive lesson, breaking apart the meaning, origin, and choreography of the Shabbat morning blessings and Torah. This will give the students the foundations they need to lead the service for their B. Mitzvah, as well as have the comfort to enter any synagogue service around the world and know how to pray in community. 

2) Nevi’im – Prophets – the students will deep dive into the stories of our prophets. How did these individuals connect with God and transmit their teachings? How do the lessons of the prophets speak to us today? Each child will explore the prophetic voice they will read for their Haftarah portion.  

3) 2 Family Education Programs + 6th Grade Camp Newman Retreat: this is where the fun really happens. Our program is focused on family education; this is not a single person sport. The families will come for two Wednesday evenings, to learn with a member of the clergy, explore Blessing Writing and making Tzitzit. The 6th grade students will also travel to Camp Newman together to spend Shabbat, play, learn and eat together. Immersive learning is the best learning, and we highlight the camp experience to make it fun and exciting. 

4) B. Mitzvah Preparation: this includes one day a week of Hebrew instruction, as well as the other pieces leading up to their B. Mitzvah – Blessings class, Hebrew Reading Coach, Torah Chanting Coach, Guide Rabbi lessons and Cantor lessons. 

The Shabbat Exchange Program is one Saturday a month from 9:30am – 12:00pm. Bagels and refreshments provided. Led by our rabbi educator and song leader. 

Dates for 2024-2025: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, NO APRIL classes, May 10

6th grade Hebrew options: (Brandeis students need to be tested on their Hebrew proficiency to assess placement. Please contact Ariana Estoque to set up this appointment). 

  • Sundays as of 9/8:                 1 – 2 pm 
  • Mondays as of 9/9:               4:15 – 5:30 pm 
  • Tuesdays Marin as of 9/10: 4-5 pm
  • Thursdays as of 9/12:            5:15 – 6:30 pm

Student-only retreat at Camp Newman: October 25 – 27, 2024

Family Education Programs: Wednesdays 6:30-8pm: November 13 & April 2


Questions about 6th grade? Contact Tori Starks, Teen Programs Manager, at 415-751-2541 x307 or at [email protected].
Questions about Hebrew? Contact Ariana Estoque, Director of Youth and Family Education, [email protected] or at 415-750-7552


For information about our B. Mitzvah program, please click HERE.