Chai School (Grades 8-12)

Why Chai?

In Hebrew, Chai means “life”! Using the name Chai School reflects Temple Har Shalom’s commitment to providing a vibrant center of Jewish life and learning for our young Jewish adults. Chai School offers more flexible programming for busy schedules; more choices to help students grow and strengthen their own unique Jewish identities; more opportunities to explore and learn to respond to issues in our community and our world; and more hands-on and memorable experiences to take with them as they enter the world as Jewish adults. Here, our post-b’nai mitzvah aged students socialize, perform community service, and continue to develop Jewish identity together – all while learning and exploring what it means to move through the wider world as Jewish adults, guided by the values and teachings of our tradition. We aim to provide an engaging program with enough flexibility in our offerings that even our busiest students will be able to connect regularly with peers and teachers over the course of the year.

New this year: in addition to core classroom time with grade level peers, students will be able to participate in electives each month, and will complete service learning projects together several times throughout the year. We are also planning a return to day trips at all Chai School grade levels, in addition to the extended weekend L’Taken social justice trip to Washington, D.C. for our tenth through twelfth graders.

One simple registration for Chai School will enable students to participate in any or all of the programs and events offered for their grade level over the course of the year, including Wednesday evening core classes, Tuesday Topics with Clergy, community service projects, special events, trips, and more. Click below to see highlights of this year’s programs!

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10 – Confirmation

Grade 11

Grade 12

 

Chai School is open to Temple Har Shalom members in good standing. Our tuition fees reflect the support needed, but we never want finances to prevent anyone from joining our community.

Should you want any further details about school, programs, or enrollment information, please reach out to our Director of Congregational Education, Lynn Anne Cutler, at lynnannec@templeharshalom.org, Stephanie Canning, Education Administrator, at stephaniec@templeharshalom.org or give us a call at (732) 356-8777.