8-12th Grade The Emanu-El Fellowship

 

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Your child’s religious school education does NOT end with the B. 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, immersive travel experiences, 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! All of the TEF classes are taught by our clergy or educators.

Schedule: Regular TEF sessions are twice a month on Sunday mornings from 10:30am – 12:00pm. Please check the online TEF calendar for specific dates. Three times during the academic year, we bring the entire 8th – 12th grade together for a Kol Bo Session – this is for our entire teen community to gather, learn and build community. Kol Bo sessions will be from 12:00 – 1:30pm. 

8th Grade: Tough Questions and Sacred Choices

This class will explore contemporary and controversial issues that affect our teens as they navigate modern daily life. 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, open and honest conversation.

8th and 9th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Jewish Legacy Trip to Los Angeles, which takes the students to Beit Teshuvah, the Jewish Mile and the Museum of Tolerance, as well as Disneyland. 

9th Grade: An Exploration of Altruism – Holocaust and Social Justice

Eli Weisel said, ” [we can] never be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” This course will look at historical antisemitism and the lessons to be learned for today. This class will dive into WWII and the Holocaust; the Treaty of Versailles, the Weimar Republic, dehumanization, scapegoating, as well as altruism, defiance and being an upstander. These lessons will then be magnified for how to act in this world today. What does Judaism teach us about the sanctity of life, and creating light from the darkness?

8th and 9th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Jewish Legacy Trip to Los Angeles, which takes the students to Beit Teshuvah, the Jewish Mile and the Museum of Tolerance, as well as Disneyland. 

10th Grade: Theology and American Jewry

10th Grade 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!

10th Grade students have the opportunity to travel to New York City for a Jewish Heritage, which takes the students to the Tenement Museum, The Jewish Museum, The MET, Central Synagogue and Emanu-El New York, Borough Park (orthodox community) as well a Broadway show, Times Square and more. 

11th Grade: Comparative Religions

11th-grade students explore their own religious history as well as the other major religions of the world. Students will first dive into the various denominations of modern Jewish expression – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox. Then, during this very experiential year, they will participate in 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.

11th Grade students have the opportunity to travel to New York City for a Jewish Heritage, which takes the students to the Tenement Museum, The Jewish Museum, The MET, Central Synagogue and Emanu-El New York, Borough Park (orthodox community) as well a Broadway show, Times Square and more. 

12th Grade: On The Map/Senior Seminar/ Confirmation

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 Emanu-El. Along with the clergy and Ariana Estoque, the class will compile their Confirmation ceremony and declare their personal religious expression on the bima.

Questions? Contact Tori Starks, Family & Adolescent Engagement Manager, at [email protected].