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As our children enter grades 6 & 7, they embark on a period of transition from childhood to adolescence that is marked by celebrations and challenges.  At TBA, we seek to support our students and their families as they move through these transitions by offering learning and social opportunities that nurture each child as individuals in a community.

Please feel free to contact me at any time to help during this transitional time.

Heidi Baker

Director of Education

Midrasha... Interpret

Grade 6 & 7: Monday afternoons 4:30-6:15 p.m., optional dinner 6:15 - 7 p.m.

Grade 7: B'nai Mitzvah Student Boot Camp 4 - 4:30 p.m.

Midrasha is a weekly program for grades 6 & 7. Classes focus on uncovering the essential questions and experiences of Jewish life.  Classes are hands-on and include lively discussions, projects, and field trips to enrich the students’ learning. Below is the general focus for each grade:

  • Grade 6:  Focuses on b'nai mitzvah preparation including Boot Camp 1. The students will also explore as part of the process, what makes someone Jewish? Can one person really make a difference? How can prayer be meaningful to me? What is my responsibility to the word as a Jewish person?

  • Grade 7: What am I passionate about? Where do I fit in the world? What are the issues that are important to the Jewish people and what can I do about them? Boot Camp 2 for b'nai mitzvah students takes place from 4 - 4:30 p.m.

Kehillah... Community

Times vary

Throughout the year, grades 6 & 7 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Kehillah programs that focus on informal connections and deepening Jewish identity and community. Programs are facilitated by full time staff and clergy of TBA. These programs may be grade level or mixed grade and students can sign up for each individually. Activities include:

  • Jr. BAYGL: TBA’s grades 6 & 7 youth group includes social events, social action programs, and cultural activities planned by teens.

  • Family Shabbat Services

B'nai Mitzvah... Challenge

Individual service for each child

Our B’nai Mitzvah program is unique to each individual child and includes Torah study, prayer leadership, chanting from the Torah, and a Mitzvah project.  B’nai Mitzvah at TBA are individualized; no two students share a service (unless requested by parents).  Students participate in weekly tutoring and meetings in addition to Midrasha or day school beginning approximately 9 months prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.  Families are supported throughout the process based on their child’s needs and share in this wonderful milestone with our community. 

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