middle school programS (6th-8th grade)
6th Grade Wednesday Night Hebrew Academy
Our 6th-grade students focus primarily on Hebrew Education. From 6:15-6:40 p.m. students will build community through a guided check-in over dinner. From 6:45-7:00 p.m., students contextualize their Hebrew learning in a unique prayer learning experience. Finally, from 7:00-7:55 p.m., students work in small groups on four different Hebrew levels to finalize the prayers and blessings needed to become B’nai Mitzvah. Students will be assigned leveled Hebrew classes based on an assessment at the beginning of the year. We conclude with an evening prayer together in the Sanctuary. Because Hebrew is an integrated part of this curriculum, students will not have to sign up for an additional 6th-grade Hebrew class. Also in the 6th-grade year, families will begin the formal preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvah. We look forward to welcoming all 6th-grade families for these required B’nai Mitzvah Orientation programs:
·B’nai Mitzvah Orientation, date TBD in January 2020, at Wornick Day School: The Meaning of B’nai Mitzvah
B’nai Mitzvah Parents Only Meeting, date TBD in March/April 2020, at PTBE: “Trusting the Process: Everything you need to know.”
7th grade Mitzvah Corps Passport! (Sundays 1x/month 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)
We’re taking 7th Grade Mitzvah Corps on the road! Our updated Mitzvah Corps Passport curriculum will help make the mitzvot (Jewish Ethical values) come alive as our B’nai Mitzvah students enter the adult world of Jewish responsibility. Through a series of trips, volunteer opportunities, and partnerships with local organizations, our hands-on Mitzvah Corps curriculum focuses on changing the world through active engagement in our local community. The Mitzvah Corps curriculum is a required part of the B’nai Mitzvah Program for all PTBE students (including Day School students). Students will meet monthly at PTBE at 9:45 a.m. and take a bus for off-site outings. They will return to PTBE no later than 12:45pm. A more detailed list of experiences will be available at the beginning of the school year.
B’nai Mitzvah Program: All students becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah at PTBE (including those who attend Jewish Day School) begin service preparation individually between 6-8 months before their service date with our B’nai Mitzvah tutors and Elana Jagoda Kaye. All 7th grade families should save the date for a retreat program in the 7th grade year: October 26th-27th, 2019. For any questions about our B’nai Mitzvah program, please contact our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Anita Siu (ASiu@ptbe.org ). More information can be found on our website in our B’nai Mitz-vah Handbook.
Want a quick refresher of the Hebrew Prayers? Practice along with the recordings here.
Our 6th and 7th grade programs are a required part of becoming a B'nai Mitzvah at PTBE.
8th Grade: Madrichim Fellowship (Sundays 1x/month 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Beginning in 8th grade, students have the chance to become Madrichim in our elementary school programs. Madrichim are our education assistants and teen mentors for our younger students. They help out in classrooms, learn to tutor in Hebrew, and lead creative, unique activities for students based on the talents and skills they bring, from cooking to music to arts and crafts. New this year is an inaugural Fellowship for incoming new Madrichim, which provides hands-on leadership training, classroom skill building for diverse populations, and marketable resume building for future jobs at summer camp and beyond! This education program will not only enhance Madrichim experience in the classroom, but also help our 8th and 9th graders build positive Jewish identity, leadership skills, and marketable skills for future professional opportunities. The once/month workshops will be offered one Sunday per month. Proposed dates for the fellowship meetings are available on the application. Madrichim are paid for their work according to their grade level and experience in the classroom or they may choose to receive volunteer hours.
Additional engagement opportunities for 8th graders: We look forward to offering our 8th graders several fun, engaging opportunities to bond as a class throughout the year, whether or not they participate in the Madrichim fellowship. In partnership with our incoming Youth Educator, our 8th graders will be invited to quarterly social gatherings, holiday celebrations, including Hanukkah and Passover, just for 8th grade, as well as unique social justice opportunities with Rabbi Laura. We appreciate that in an “under construction” year without formal WNP programming, our 8th graders need opportunities to connect and socialize at PTBE, and we are excited to offer these regular cohort gatherings in addition to adding an education component to our Madrichim Fellowship. Please contact Rabbi Laura with questions and stay tuned for calendar updates!