Post B’nai Mitzvah
We believe that “as teachers, we learn and as students, we teach,” and encourage our students to continue their Jewish education after their bar mitzvah. Each year, around 3/4 of our Religious School graduates return to volunteer and serve as madrichim – guides and role models for our younger children. Madrichim also meet to learn and discuss teaching and education, and to reflect on other themes important to Jewish teenagers.
Eighth through twelfth graders can enroll in our High School program. CMI High classes meet either once a month on Sunday afternoons, or for a series of consecutive sessions, 12:00-1:30 pm. The program consists of 6-session modules, focused on topics of interest to Jewish teens. The program is designed to engage high schoolers in Judaism and Jewish learning in an active and meaningful way. Topics have included ethics, modern social issues, food, and the environment.
Confirmation is for our tenth graders, who study with the Rabbis and the Cantor, encouraging students to discuss Jewish ideas and values in the new millennium. Students choose a special theme for their confirmation and prepare a Shavuot service that shares their reflections on their chosen topic. Themes from the past have focused on such topics as: interfaith relations, genocide, housing, bullying, and global warming. Confirmation class includes related travel and field trips and a hands-on social action project decided by the students, like Habitat for Humanity builds.
In addition to classes, we encourage our teens to become active members of our youth groups, which provide them with social as well as educational opportunities. For more information about our youth groups, click here.