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 torchbearers 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.
See the Torah La’am & Family Calendar with links for more information about events.
Click here to register for classes.
Madrichim (Teacher’s Aide) 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 “instructor.”
- Our madrichim serve as role models for the younger children in their continued Jewish engagement.
- DHH 8th graders will receive Madrichim training to 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 January – May
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: Racial Justice, 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 September – May
American and Israeli Current Events from a Jewish Perspective
Teachers: Rabbi Bronstein, Abby Reiken
BAS teens appreciate that during our Monday night classes, we create a safe space for them to process what is happening in current events through a Jewish perspective and explore actions they can take. Our teens are eager to live Jewish values and be a part of making the world a more just place. We will incorporate a variety of ancient and modern Jewish texts, primary source documents, Jewish history, news articles, multi-media, and more. Teens will be engaged in the learning through discussions, debates, simulations, and small group presentations.