Grades 8-12

"Dor Hahemshekh" (DHH) means "The Next Generation," and that is how we view our post B'nai Mitzvah middle and high school students at Bet Am Shalom - as torch bearers who will carry Jewish tradition into the future. We offer serious learning for our young adults who are ready to grapple with complex philosophical, theological and moral issues.

Traditional texts and subjects are taught in an environment that encourages free expression, respect for varying traditions, and thoughtful discourse.

Dor Hahemshekh meets weekly on Monday nights, starting at 6pm with pizza dinner and concluding at 8pm.

To discover the impact our DHH program has had, read the following words from the DHH students:

  • Click here for past 10th graders' reflections on their learning at DHH, which they presented at our final program.
  • Click here for past DHH seniors' graduation speeches.

Calendar with links for more information about events.

Teen community programs and social programs, including retreats

Social Action Opportunities

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DHH Programs and Classes

Madrichim Program
Madrichim Teacher and Supervisor: May Zamechek

Learn the skills to work as a grades K-6 teacher's aide, in our Shorashim early childhood program, or with our youth group. The word madrich means "guide" or "instuctor." 

  • Our madrichim continue their Jewish education either in our Dor Hahemshekh program on Monday nights or at other Jewish education programs. They serve as role models for the younger children in their continued Jewish engagement.
  • DHH 8th graders will receive Madrichim training with May Zamechek from September to December 2018. During the class, they will learn teaching and leadership skills for a Jewish setting.  8th graders will also observe classes/programs outside of class time.  8th graders may be asked to volunteer to be teachers' aides if needed.
  • 9th-12th graders who have completed the Madrichim training can work as madrichim and be paid or earn community service hours.  They touch base with May about their experiences as madrichim.  Those with classroom experience also have the opportunity to plan and teach a lesson with guidance from the teacher and May.  

Contact Education Director Abby Reiken for more information.

Kitah Chet/8th Grade:

For 2018-2019: From September to December 8th graders will choose to either participate in the madrichim training program described above or join the 9th grade class.  From January to May the 8th graders will join the 9th grade class.

Kitah Tet/9th Grade (8th & 9th grade from Jan-May):

Lori Cohen, Instructor

"Decision Making in Times of Injustice"
We will explore the following topics from a Jewish perspective: the Labor Movement, Shoah, the Civil Rights Movement, and poverty in the US. The curriculum includes experiential activities, compelling videos, Jewish texts, primary sources, thought-provoking simulations, and speakers. Teens will be empowered and inspired to perform tikkun olam (repairing the world).  This course uses materials from Facing History and Ourselves and the Jewish Women's Archive "Living the Legacy" curriculum.

Kitah Yod, Kitah Yod-Alef, Kitah Yod-Bet (10th-12th Grades):

Sept.-Dec. 2018

Kitah Yod/10th Grade: "My Jewish Beliefs" with Rabbi Les Bronstein
What is the Jewish view of God? Of Torah? Of evil? Of Jewish peoplehood and the purpose of Jewish life? It depends on what century you’re talking about! We will study “theology” (the study of God-belief) in the Bible, in the Rabbinic period, in Maimonides (12th c), in Luria (16th c), in Spinoza (17th c), in Chassidic teaching (18th -19th c), and among the great Jewish thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries (Kaplan, Buber, Heschel, Green, Kushner, Plaskow, and more!). At year’s end, each of us will try to articulate our OWN Jewish beliefs.

Kitah Yod-Alef & Kitah Yod-Bet/11th & 12th Grades: “Living Torah” with Abby Reiken
Through studying texts from the Torah and modern Jewish thinkers, we will explore current issues in Israel and the U.S. through a Jewish lens.  We will consider these questions: What Jewish values influence your actions?  What guidance do we have from Jewish traditions and history to help us navigate how to respond to current issues?

Jan.-May 2019

Kitah Yod--Kitah Yod-Bet/10th-12th Grades: "Living Torah" with Rabbi Les Bronstein and Abby Reiken
Continuation of course described above.

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