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7th Grade and Hebrew High

Students Build life-long friendships and choose their own classes as they progress toward Confirmation. Classes are taught by outstanding teachers and rabbis. Choices include Jewish ethics, cooking, drama, conversational Hebrew, comparative religion and many more.


Hebrew High is a program of Jewish learning and social time with your friends. We balance fun and focus, experiential and book learning. The greater the number of students that attend Hebrew High, the greater the variety of classes we can offer, aso get your Jewish friends, Temple Beth El members or not, to join you at Hebrew High! Below you will find everything you need to know about Hebrew High. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Shifra Weiss-Penzias
    Associate Rabbi              
    831-479-3444 ext. 208

    Sarah Clarkson
    Congregational Learning Coordinator
    831-479-3444 ext. 215

     Download the 2019/20 Hebrew High Handbook  here.

The first day of 7th grade and Hebrew High is Wednesday, September. 8th.
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   7th Grade and Hebrew High 6:30‒8:30 PM
       6:30 PM ~ Pizza First
       7:00‒8:15 PM ~ Classes
       8:15‒8:30 PM ~ Kinoos (assembly)

Read about the types of classes you can choose at Hebrew High.

    Read about our excellent staff.

    Students will have transcripts folders here at temple to help them keep track of their progress toward Confirmation.

    • Understand and appreciate the diversity of Jewish religious practice (i.e. Reform, Renewal, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Hassidic, Conservative, etc.)
    • Explore values and choices of adult Jewish life (i.e. dating, sex, marriage, parenting, business ethics, and death);
    • Create a personal Jewish religious practice:
    • Encourage the continued use of Hebrew as a tool of Jewish learning:
    • Learn the tools to create a joyful Jewish life (i.e. Shabbat cooking and song, celebrating Holidays, etc.
    • Foster Jewish Self-Expression through Jewish art, drama, and movement
    • Develop a lasting bond with Jewish contemporaries,
    • Build appreciation for responsibility to our local Jewish community and the greater Jewish world,
    • Deepen the commitment to the state of Israel,
    • Continue a dedication to tzedakkah (righteous giving) and tikkun olam (improving and enhancing the world).
    • Assimilate accumulated learning and apply it in creating the Friday night confirmation service.

Students will choose two courses to take in each of the three quarters, usually one "Core Course" and one "Elective" or "Serious Judaism" Class.

SERIOUS JUDAISM Each student before Confirmation will need to take at least 3 "Serious Judaism" Classes -choices include, Jewish History, Torah Talk, Text Talk, Jewish Mysticism, Introduction to Talmud, Judaism and the Environment, Jewish Practices and Ethics 2.

CORE COURSES Students also need to take 3 out of the 5 "Core" Courses:
1. Diversity in Judaism
2. Ethics 1
3. Torah Talk
4. Love, Sex and Gender - Jewish Views

Confirmation Practicum
10th graders do not take classes in the Spring of their 10th grade year.  Instead, the class prepares for their Confirmation together with Rabbi Paula and Rabbi Shifra.

Wed, April 1 2020 7 Nisan 5780