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8th & 9th Limmud and HaNefesh Classes  

8th & 9th Limmud and HaNefesh Classes

8th & 9th Limmud and HaNefesh Classes

8th & 9th Grade Limmud (Learning) Classes

On behalf of Temple Isaiah’s teen community, we strive to find a way to best support our teens and help them find a balance between the rigors of everyday life and the need to nourish their souls. Additionally, we are constantly evaluating our programs and class offerings to ensure that we are best meeting the needs of our students (and their families). With that in mind, it has become clear to us that while we need to ensure that we are teaching our students about Jewish culture and history, we must also further address the topics of resilience and emotional well-being. Based upon conversations with our teens, their families, and surveys, we have decided to make some changes to some Tichon Isaiah classes to help us achieve this goal.

Each semester, students will be able to choose their Limmud (Learning) class from a selection of classes. Limmud classes will be offered to 8th and 9th grade students only during thte first hour (6:00 pm -7:00 pm) and will give students an opportunity to learn about Israel, Holocaust, Prayer, and Jewish Identity through a variety of teaching methods (i.e., art, music, discussion, movement, etc.). Students will be required to take at least one class in each of the topic areas during their 8th and 9th grade years. Limmud classes will take place from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings during Tichon Isaiah. 

8th & 9th Grade HaNefesh (The Soul) Classes

Each semester, 8th & 9th grade students will participate in grade-based HaNefesh (The Soul) classes. Our goal in HaNefesh classes will be to create a Jewish learning environment in which our students can build upon their resiliency skills, create a stronger community, and come together to deal with the trials and tribulations of the adolescent years. Please note that HaNefesh is not meant to be a therapeutic initiative, rather we believe that HaNefesh can offer our students a place in which they can address these issues in a safe and caring Jewish environment.

HaNefesh classes will take place from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday evenings during Tichon Isaiah.  Our 8th grade students will continue to study the Jewish Life Cycle and Sacred Choices as our 9th grade students will focus on the teachings of Mussar and Holocaust.  Both of these classes will enable the students to further their Jewish identity and personal connection to the Jewish community.