Our students’ high school experience in Jewish thinking and living invites and challenges them to be engaged as Jews in a more intensive, expansive and enriching way than they have yet to experience. Through class analysis and discussion, havruta (peer group) study and individual exploration, students will be asked to openly consider the meaning of our traditions’ teachings and examine the purpose and personal relevance it has to their own lives. From close textual analysis to a discursive treatment of issues and themes, study will be promoted as a personal enterprise of interacting and grappling with our living Judaism as both lore and law. During these years of “questioning”, we encourage our students to discover particular texts and avenues of interest that will speak to their inner Jewish voice. In deeply and critically engaging with our texts and teachings, we seek to have our students appreciate that authentic Jewish living is inextricably linked with and born of our experience in and response to the wider world in which we live. Promoting personal engagement and growth, we hope to kindle within our students a sustained interest in and pursuit of Jewish learning and living beyond their high school years.
Integrated with, and in addition to our formal Judaic Studies curriculum, our students participate in and help plan and organize a wide array of social service and activism programs and projects as well as school-wide celebrations, learning opportunities and activities.