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Chai Five  - Teen Learning for 8 - 12th Grades

Chai Five is on hiatus for the fall and will return in January 2023. Be on the look out for registration.

At Etz Chaim, our students in 8th - 12th grades have the opportunity to continue their Jewish learning experiences after Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Through our Chai Five - Teen Learning Program, our teens engage in discussions that will continue to strengthen their connection to the synagogue and the rabbi. This is accomplished through a variety of intriguing topics to broaden their Jewish view of themselves, the community and world around them.

For our 8th and 9th graders, Hot Topics and More with a focus on middot (Jewish Values) and mitzvot. The interests of and suggestions from the students will be key to making this a great class.

Our Chai Five program has a Confirmation track for students in the tenth grade. This program focuses on questions the students have that are guided by the book, Tough Questions Jews Ask,  and will culminate with the students leading services during Pesach.

Our students in the 11th and 12th grades join with the USYers during a few "Wacky Wednesdays" throughout the year to discuss leadership, anti-Semitism on college campuses and maintaining a Jewish connection as they leave home and begin the next step in their journey.

Chai Five Calendar for 2022 - 2023

8th & 9th Grades - Hot Topics Plus 
Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Instructor TBD
January 9 & 30
February 6 & 27
March 13 & 27
April 10 & 24
May 1
Confirmation Class (10th Grade)
Mondays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Taught by Rabbi Dan Dorsch
January 9 & 23
February 6 & 20
March 13 Confirmation Rehearsal
March 25 Confirmation Ceremony during services
Senior Seminar for 11th & 12th Grade
Mondays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Taught by Rabbi Dan Dorsch
October 26
December 7
February 8

April 23 - Baccalaureate Ceremony for Graduating Seniors 7:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service information

All classes are in-person

Wed, March 29 2023 7 Nisan 5783