MA’AYAN PROGRAMMING AND SCHEDULE

TO OUR TEENS: this page and program has been created just for you!  We know how much you have on your plates, so we want to make things as easy as possible for you. Below, you’ll find information on your classes offered, a calendar of the school year and even local teen events!

CBI strives to provide an innovative Jewish involvement for our entering and current high school students. We challenge our teens to incorporate Jewish thought into their everyday life, while furthering their education. Studying our culture shouldn’t be hard or boring! We have enhanced our Ma’ayan classes with rich content and interactive exercise. Each class incorporates personal integrities, viewpoints, faith, history, community service, current events, and textual studies. We provide the forum for you to think deeply about yourselves and build a strong foundation of beliefs and values.

With our Ma’ayan programming, our goal is to give you a place to explore, grow, and participate through critical thinking, challenging activities, text analysis, public speaking, mock debates and driving questions while building your personal convictions and passions.

We encourage you all to discover your own voice by sharing opinions and challenging the ideas presented – maybe even inspiring future leaders!

CLASS SCHEDULE  |  Ma’ayan-grades 8-12 | Thursdays 6:00-8:15pm
6:00-6:15pm     Dinner

6:15-7:10pm     1st Hour  |  Core Class

7:15-8:10pm     2nd Hour  |  Elective Class (chosen by student at the start of each semester)

Classes meet weekly (holidays and breaks excluded) in the Congregation Beth Israel Ballroom.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS  |  Thursdays 6:00-8:15pm

1st hour | core classes | grades 8th–12th
Students attend the core classes below for their grade-level after dinner – 6:15-7:10pm.

7th | B’nai Mitzvah Prep|Students will be in prep the entire time 6-8pm
The rite of passage (Bar and Bat Mitzvah) for coming of age in the Jewish tradition marks a significant step toward Jewish responsibility for fulfilling Mitzvot and continuing the journey to lifelong Jewish learning. Students will be working with Cantor Seth to prepare for their prearranged dates!

 

7th & 8th  | We’ve Got Issues | Contemporary Judaism
Explore Jewish trends and learn what it means to be a modern-day Jew. Can I get a Star of David tattoo? Are Orthodox Jews better Jews? Why should I care about Israel? It’s so far away!

9th | OMG |God in Our World
What happened to the “O” in G-d? Why does God let bad things happen? Is the only place for me to connect with God at synagogue? Explore these questions through music, movies and more.

10th & 11th  | Confirmation & Tikkun Olam
Come hang out with your favorite rabbis, you know you love them! Become part of the Confirmation class and learn more about a variety of Jewish topics and issues. Make a difference in our world and travel to Washington, DC for L’Taken, a social action seminar for Jewish teens in January 2023! The world is a fixer-upper. This is your chance to make it a better place. Social action projects abound, as well as meaningful discussions about how to make a difference in our immediate community.
Please note the additional Confirmation Fee: $160.

 12th | Judaism Beyond High School
You’re in the homestretch! Thinking ahead to next year, what Jewish ideas, choices and rituals are you taking with you?

2nd hour | elective classes | grades 8th–12th | 7:15-8:10pm

Students may choose an elective at the start of each semester

We strive to offer elective classes that will engage our students and create a fun environment for students to explore and identify their Jewish history, values and personal beliefs

 


1st hour | core classes | grades 8th–12th
Students attend the core classes below for their grade-level after dinner – 6:45-7:45pm.

8th | We’ve Got Issues | Contemporary Judaism
Explore Jewish trends and learn what it means to be a modern day Jew. Can I get a Star of David tattoo? Are Orthodox Jews better Jews? Why should I care about Israel? It’s so far away!

9th | OMG |God in Our World
What happened to the “O” in G-d? Why does God let bad things happen? Is the only place for me to connect with God at synagogue? Explore these questions through music, movies and more.

10th | Confirmation
Come hang out with your favorite rabbis, you know you love them! Become part of the 96th Confirmation class and learn more about a variety of Jewish topics and issues. Make a difference in our world and travel to Washington, DC for L’Taken, a social action seminar for Jewish teens in January 2016! Please note the additional Confirmation Fee: $360.

11th | Repairing & Preparing the World | Tikkun Olam
The world is a fixer-upper. This is your chance to make it a better place. Social action projects abound, as well as meaningful discussions about how to make a difference in our immediate community.

 12th | Packing Your Judaism for College
You’re in the homestretch! Thinking ahead to next year, what Jewish ideas, choices and rituals are you taking with you? Graduation Fee: $50


2nd hour | elective classes | grades 8th–12th
Students may choose an elective at the start of each semester – 7:50-8:45pm.  

We strive to offer elective classes that will engage our students and create a fun environment for students to explore and identify their Jewish history, values and personal beliefs.