"Dor Hahemshekh" (DHH) means "The Next Generation", and that is how we view our post B'nai Mitzvah middle and high school students at Bet Am Shalom - as torch bearers who will carry Jewish tradition into the future. We offer serious learning for our young adults who are ready to grapple with complex philosophical, theological and moral issues.
Traditional texts and subjects are taught in an environment that encourages free expression, respect for varying traditions, and thoughtful discourse.
Dor Hahemshekh meets weekly on Monday nights, starting at 6pm with pizza and concluding at 8pm.
To discover the impact our DHH program has had, read the following words from the DHH students:
Calendar with links for more information about events.
Click here for 2014-2015 school registration
Madrichim Teacher and Supervisor: maypzee [at] gmail [dot] com (May Zamechek)
Learn the skills to work as a grades K-6 teacher's aide, in our Shorashim program, youth group, or on Shabbat mornings as a Junior Congregation Leader. The word madrich means "guide" or "instuctor." Teens can earn Madrichim Certification by attending madrichim classes and workshops, and observing classes.
Contact Education Director eddirector [at] betamshalom [dot] org (Abby Reiken) for more information.
May Zamechek, Instructor
"Facing History and Ourselves"
Students will explore their Jewish identity, decision-making, and leadership skills through the successful and impressive Facing History and Ourselves curriculum. Learning will take place through discussions, text study, and hands-on projects.
Lori Cohen, Instructor
"Jewish Social Justice in America"
Our Kitah Tet will explore Jewish involvement with Social Justice in America, including units on Immigration & the Labor Movement, Jewish charitable organizations, the Civil Rights Movement, and Poverty in the US. The curriculum includes experiential activities, compelling videos, Jewish texts, primary sources, thought-provoking simulations, and speakers. Teens will be empowered and inspired to perform tikkun olam (repairing the world). This course uses materias from the impressive Jewish Women's Archive "Living the Legacy" curriculum.
First period (6:35-7:15pm) "Judaism's Great Debates" & "Israel Inside/Out" with Jack Gruenberg
This course will utilize the resource: Judaism's Great Debates which has students exploring the eternal value conflicts at the heart of some great Jewish debates, while applying those values to contemporary challenges. The course will start with a project on the current issues of immigration in this country in connection with the Bet Am Shalom Tikkun Olam Initiative's focus on immigration this year.
In addition the teens will enrich their understanding of the State of Israel, its challenges and accomplishments, and what Israel means to them.
Second period (7:20-8pm): "My Jewish Beliefs" with Rabbi Les Bronstein
What is the Jewish view of God? Of Torah? Of evil? Of Jewish peoplehood and the purpose of Jewish life? It depends on what century you’re talking about! We will study “theology” (the study of God-belief) in the Bible, in the Rabbinic period, in Maimonides (12th c), in Luria (16th c), in Spinoza (17th c), in Chassidic teaching (18th -19th c), and among the great Jewish thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries (Kaplan, Buber, Heschel, Green, Kushner, Plaskow, and more!). At year’s end, each of us will try to articulate our OWN Jewish beliefs.
First period (6:35-7:15pm): "Midrash and Imagination" with Rabbi Les Bronstein
The rabbi will guide the class through some of the most famous and perplexing literary passages of the Talmud and Midrash. They will tour Shimon bar Yochai’s cave, Akhnai’s stove, Abraham’s father’s idol shop, the mystical orchard (pardes) of no return, and much more.
Second period (7:20-8pm) "Hot Topics and Israel in the Media" with Jack Gruenberg
Teens will think critically about how how to apply Jewish values when responding to current societal challenges and how to be an advocate for Israel. A multi-media Israel curriculum and a variety of Jewish sources will provide questions and insights for the teens to explore together.