8th Grade

Shaare Emeth Religious School’s 8th Grade Program

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) in Action

Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to be a part of a hands-on, service-learning experience that meets twice a month on Sunday mornings.

Our year is dedicated to social justice, a core value of Reform Judaism and at the heart of who Shaare Emeth is as a community. For each unit, we focus on specific social justice themes, including poverty and hunger, racial justice, inclusion, and more. After our students gain a strong foundation in the issues, including a study of Jewish texts and values, they move into action to create change about the issues they are studying. We don’t just talk about hunger—we help our local food pantry prep for the winter months. Along with each interactive experience, we reflect and help our students find the lessons for their own lives.

We hope that this experience gives our 8th grade teens a broader perspective on the need to pursue justice and a strong belief that every person can make a difference.

Winter Weather: January 14, 2024

Religious School Canceled

Due to the predicted weather forecast for Sunday, January 14, all Sunday Religious School programming has been canceled. We appreciate your understanding and support. The temple offices and our religious school will reopen on Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.