Middle School Grades 7-8
Middle School, Grades 7-8
Havurah's Middle School, led by Educator Annah Shapira, emphasizes kehillah and kesher (community and connection). It strives to be fun and help students stay connected with their friends and/or expand their circle of relationships and community. Recognizing that many families are involved with B'nai Mitzvah preparation, the program is not held weekly, but instead in groups of classes throughout the school year. Classes and activities focus more on culture than religion with the intent of exposing students to diverse ways of being Jewish.
Designed for 7th and 8th graders, the Middle School offers students and families a unique blend of programs. In prior years, students have learned about and experienced Jewish cooking, watched and discussed Jewish films, considered Jewish customs and rituals concerning health and body image, and participated in Tikkun Olam projects.
Havurah Middle School meets on 12 Wednesday evenings during the school year, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Each class begins with dinner (6:30 to 7:00 pm), when students socialize together and with Havurah's High School students. Then students have class from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Additional social and other activities (like Tikkun Olam projects) occur on other dates.
All parents participate in facilitating the Middle School program. Some join the High School parents in providing dinner on class nights, while others assist in the classroom or plan social and other activities. At times parents are also asked to drive students to events.
Tentative Calendar for 2016-17
|Type of Event||Date||Time|
|Yom Kippur Program||Oct. 12||10:50 - 11:45 am|
|Challenge Course & Orientation||Sept 24-25||9:00 am Orientation for Parents & Drop Off for Students|
|First Section of Classes||Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 30||6:30 - 8:30 pm|
|Transition Projects||Jan. 8||TBA|
|Second Section of Classes||Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8||6:30 - 8:30 pm|
|Help with Family Purim at Havurah/Purim Party||TBA||Late afternoon and evening|