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Grades 8-10 ("Chai School")

Creating Our Judaism

8th-9th grade students study together primarily through discussion-based learning. Through media, social action projects, Jewish texts, and opportunities to meet with community leaders, our 8th-10th graders develop leadership skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. Each student will have input into the topics that the class will study throughout the year. We will offer experiential learning opportunities and some travel to DC if the students are interested. There will be many times when 8th and 9th grades will learn together.

Topics of study have included:

  • Comparative religion through Jewish eyes and how Judaism is both similar and different from other global religious. 
  • Global Judaism through American eyes, with a focus on Israel and the middle east.
  • Jewish communities all around the world, including the FSU (former Soviet Union), India, western Europe, and Australia, exploring the lifestyle, challenges, foods, and educational practices for Jews living in these varied countries.


10th grade reaches the “milestone” of Confirmation. The Rabbi teaches a curriculum that focuses on text study. Students become confirmed in a ceremony at the end of their 10th grade year and they lead a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service together as a class. 

10th Grade is also the year when students can participate in Megan’s Muse, which is a creative arts contest designed to honor the memory of Megan Berman. There is a cash prize for the 1st and 2nd place winners of Megan’s Muse

Madrich Program

Chai School students are also eligible to become madrichim (assistant teachers), in the Religious School. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact us at The application is available online.

2022-2023 Schedule

Chai School meets Sundays, 12:30-2:00 PM. (Download the calendar)


Tue, February 7 2023 16 Shevat 5783