The Academy is dedicated to continuing Jewish education with exciting programs and thought-provoking discussions. Students have the opportunity to explore topics that were not addressed in earlier years, or to take a deeper look at more familiar topics. Our friendly, comfortable learning environment allows students to feel free to share their views on important topics and to learn from others.
We are excited to introduce a new educator for this class. Davi Sherwin comes to us with a great deal of experience working with post-B’nai Mitzvah students. Together with Davi, our students will take a fascinating look at modern Jewish life, Jewish customs and the reasons behind them, and the pre-conceived notions of Judaism they developed in their earlier years. This class will meet at Kol Ami on Sunday mornings, 10:00-11:30 am, on these dates: Sep. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, Mar. 26, Apr. 23, and May 21.
Together with our educator Judy Balber, we will look for a deeper understanding of mitzvot, Jewish ethics, and Jewish identity. We will span the spectrum of Jewish practice through a combination of discussion, activity, and a little text study. Each student completing this class will have a tree planted in Israel in his/her honor.
This class will meet at Kol Ami on Sunday mornings, 10:00-11:30 am, on these dates: Sep. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Apr. 30, and May 21.
Confirmation (Tenth grade)
Rabbi Judd has designed this class to help us understand who we are as Conservative Jews. What are our practices? What do we believe in? Through this lens, students will have the opportunity to suggest topics and explore various areas of interest. As a culminating event, the Confirmation Class will lead a very special Shabbat service on Saturday, May 20. This class will meet on Sunday mornings, twice each month, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, on these dates: Sep. 11, Sep. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Mar. 26, Apr. 9, Apr. 23*, and May 7. *Apr. 23 class will meet 11:00-12:30 and include the group photo.
It is important to note that Confirmation marks the culmination of years of study. Students who wish to be Confirmed must complete the eighth and ninth grade classes of The Academy.
Brunch with the Rabbi (Eleventh and Twelfth Grade)
This informal experience will be led by Rabbi Judd. In this program, in addition to delving into areas of interest chosen by our students, we will explore the issues that face this generation’s high school students and young adults. In preparation for college, we will discuss the politics of Israel and the ways we answer the tough questions our non-Jewish friends ask. This brunch will take place on Sunday, once each month, 10:00-11:00 am, on these dates: Sep. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 23, and May 7.
To register for The Academy program, please fill out the form here.