"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. Meets weekly on Monday nights, starting at 6pm with pizza and concluding at 8pm.
2013-2014 Calendar with links for more information about events.
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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, observing classes and working as a madrich/a.
Contact Education Director eddirector [at] betamshalom [dot] org (Abby Reiken) for more information.
May Zamechek, Instructor
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, including creative arts workshops.
Daphna Neiger, Instructor
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, thought-provoking simulations and debates, speakers, and hands-on projects. Teens will be empowered with the understanding and advocacy skills to perform tikkun olam (repairing the world).
First period (6:35-7:15pm) "Jewish Ethics & Modernizing Torah Stories" with Jack Gruenberg
Through debates, small group projects involving internet research and creating documents online, the students will explore the role of Responsa in answering ethical questions, then create their own Responsa. The students will also reconstruct Torah stories in a contemporary context with connections to current issues.
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) "Jewish Living on Your Own & Modern Israel" with Jack Gruenberg
Through this course, teens will think critically about challenging decisions they will be making on their own post high school, including how to respond to protests against Israel and how to live Jewishly away from home. A multi-media Israel curriculum and a variety of Jewish sources will provide questions and insights for us to explore together.