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CRC teens in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to participate in our unique teen programs. Through these programs, students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Judaism, tikkun olam, and their own personal beliefs and values.
All teen programs meet approximately twice a month at CRC on Sunday mornings from 10am-noon, with some off-site programming. Each teen program has an individual schedule which is provided to registered students and their families.
Build community during your bar/bat mitzvah year. We'll go as a class to participate in tikkun olam (repair of the world) projects throughout our community and study the Jewish texts that support our work. Taught by Rabbi Randy Fleisher.
CRC’s 8th grade program is designed to be stimulating, thought provoking, and exciting for our students. Rabbi Jim Goodman will teach the program the first semester, studying traditional texts with the students and using multimedia in their interpretation. The second half of the year, taught by CRC members Nathan and Linda Cohen, will cover Jewish literacy, Jewish St. Louis, and a unit on the State of Israel. Our goal is to lay important identity groundwork for our students in eighth grade that will help support them through their high school years.
Along with our educational program, 8th graders will be invited to join our regional Junior Youth Group to attend a conclave in Denver, CO from March 9th -11th. The Reform congregations in St. Louis are creating 4 social opportunities this year for our 8th graders to meet, dance and have fun and get ready for the NFTY Youth Group experience.
Our 9th grade students look at what Judaism says about making peace and what gets in the way of peace - how people become diminished, oppressed, and “other.” We look at the roots of discrimination, prejudice and Anti-Semitism, and how these, together with other factors, led to the Holocaust. We also look at how change happens, socially and politically. We'll learn about issues such as poverty and discrimination and how to advocate for specific policy issues.
The highlight of the 9th grade year is our five-day trip to Washington D.C. Students lobby their Senators and Representatives on an issue of their choosing, experience the political process on a national level and learn more about the Jewish perspectives on issues that affect all Americans. We also celebrate Shabbat together and see many of Washington’s sights through a Jewish lens, including the Holocaust Museum, the White House, the Smithsonian, and the major monuments and memorials.
The 9th grade program is taught by Shira Berkowitz, Director of Advocacy and Communications and Jen Bersdale, Executive Director of Missouri Health Care for All with many years history teaching this class.
Confirmation class is an important step to lifelong adult Jewish learning. This program seeks to answer students’ questions and help them experience how Jewish values help to shape their own lives. The class is based on topics important to students.
The highlight of 10th grade is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York, where students learn about the immigrant experience by going to Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum, tour the lower East Side, spend Kabbalat Shabbat at a lively New York Synagogue, and visit the Lubavitch community in Crown Heights.
The year culminates with a confirmation service, where students publicly affirm their Jewish identities, share what they have learned with the congregation, and recommit to a lifetime of learning.
Confirmation class is led by Rabbi Susan Talve.
Post-Confirmation students go on exciting Alternative Spring Break adventure where they engage in the holy work of tikkun olam and continue to strengthen their individual identities and their community relationships. In 2010 and 2011, Alternative Spring Break worked on clean-up and rebuilding in New Orleans.