Grade 7

Wednesday Evening Classes

Grade 7 students join the entire youth community in the social hall for dinner from 6-6:20 p.m. There is much lively discussion as friends come together and catch up on events from the past week. We serve pizza for dinner and a great time is had by all.

Core Courses

From 6:20-7:05 p.m., students are in class with other 7th graders studying the core curriculum.

Digging Deep: Torah Core
Learning Torah is a cornerstone of the Bat/Bar Mitzvah experience. In this course, seventh graders learn how to approach the text of the Torah so that they can study on their own throughout their lives.

Understanding the Shoah: Holocaust Core
Taught by Rhonda Magier Cohen
Using curriculum developed by the US Holocaust Memorial, this course studies the Holocaust through an age-appropriate, Jewish perspective. Students connect to individual person's experiences of the Holocaust while also learning about the Shoah as a whole.


From 7:10-7:55 p.m., students in Grades 6 & 7 study together in an elective class of their choice. The elective choices vary each semester, but here is a sampling of classes that have been offered:

How a Mensch Makes Money!
Today we are living in an environment of unparalleled wealth. In this course experience we will attempt to navigate, with a Jewish compass, the ethical issues associated with money.

Daber Ivrit! Want to speak like an Israeli? Learn conversational Hebrew, Hebrew slang and how Israelis your age speak and live in Israel. We will learn vocabulary to get you through basic conversations, slang so you don't sound like a tourist and current topics so you know what is going on.

Rock ‘n’ Roll and Your Jewish Identity
Since the turn of the century, Jews have made major contributions to American music. Jews have written lyrics and music to some of the greatest and most innovative songs ever recorded. In this course we will explore the history of American music and its connection to the modern history of Jewish people in American society

Torah Yoga
Experience a classical yoga class through the lens of traditional and mystical Judaism. This class will actively engage your body, breath and mind through meditation. This course is based on Jewish spiritual concepts and traditional yoga poses and is suited for all skill sets.

Yalla Wednesdays 

The first Wednesday of every month, students in AISH have special grade level experiences, known as Yalla Wednesdays. Grade 7 will be in their Moving Traditions groups during these times.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is an experiential education program for middle school and high school aged girls that uses Jewish teachings and practices to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers.  You can visit the Moving Traditions website to learn more about the research and programmatic aspects of this transformational program. 

Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood
Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood is an experiential education program for middle school and high school aged guys.  It focuses on the question: “What does it mean to be a mensch? What does it mean to be a man?”  It's a question – and challenge – boys confront every day, yet rarely explore directly.  Every day they encounter a flood of messages from popular culture about manhood and masculinity that are often confusing, contradictory, problematic--and usually totally unexamined.  Shevet Achim aspires to guide boys on their journey to manhood, by providing a fun and meaningful guys-only space for play, reflection, learning and insight.  And it shows boys how Judaism has wisdom to share that is directly relevant to their own real-life questions, challenges, and adventures.  For more information visit

Star Society: TST’s Gender Neutral Group
Star Society is Temple Shir Tikva’s innovative, gender neutral Moving Traditions group based on the curricula of both Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood. Star Society uses Jewish teachings and practices as a gateway to delve into deep questions about life, stereotypes in society, and journeying into young adulthood. This group gives specific attention to how society imposes gender stereotypes on children from a young age, and how those gender roles affect development throughout young adulthood. 

Grades 7 & 8 Shabbat Lock-In

This special Shabbat lock-in is a way for the seventh and eighth graders to learn, have fun, and connect with each other! With programs planned both by staff and by the seventh and eighth graders themselves, this overnight is guaranteed to be fun for all. Grades 7 & 8 students spend the night at Temple Shir Tikva, learning and bonding with each other to make lifelong friends and memories.



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