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
Teens 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 serve as role models for the younger children in their continued Jewish engagement.
  • DHH 8th graders will receive Madrichim training from September to December 2019 with May Zamechek. 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 the Education Director about their experiences as madrichim.  Those with classroom experience also have the opportunity to plan and teach a lesson with guidance from the teacher.  

Contact Education Director Abby Reiken for more information.

7th and 8th grade Jan.-May 2020

"Decision Making in Times of Injustice"
Teacher: Lori Cohen

Lori Cohen will help the seventh and eighth graders connect with one another, as they explore the following topics from a Jewish perspective: Immigration, 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.


9th-12th grade

Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas and Israel Current Events

Teachers: Rabbi Bronstein, Abby Reiken, Tomer Cohen Galor (Israeli Youth Leader)

From Sept.-Dec. 2019, the class will have two parts: the first part of class with Abby and Tomer and the rest of class with Rabbi Bronstein. From Jan. to May 2020, Rabbi Bronstein will teach the class for the whole time.

Rabbi Bronstein will lead the teens in studying Rabbi Arthur Green’s Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas as a springboard to explore their Jewish identity and Jewish philosophy.  In the spring they will look at other Jewish texts and practices to discover what it means to each of us to be mindful, spiritual, and engaged as helpers in our world.

Abby and Tomer will discuss with the teens current events in Israel from a variety of perspectives to develop a nuanced understanding of and connection to Israel.  The teens will build a connection to Tomer, a young Israeli, and benefit from hearing his experiences living in Israel. We hope our students will become advocates for Israel in constructive ways and be able to speak from the heart about what Israel means to them.



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