Temple Sinai High School
TSHS: Temple Sinai High School
A Gem in our Educational Neighborhood
Temple Sinai High School is an outstanding program for students in grades 8-12, with formal and informal educational/experiential components. The high school includes the Grade 10 Confirmation, along the way to Grade 12 Graduation. We are so proud of our unique high school program and encourage every student to enter grade 8 and to continue through grade 12. This program is the “gem” in our educational system. We are able to boast that we have the highest percentage of post B’nei Mitzvah teens and grade 8-12 retention, than any Jewish school in our area.
Our students enjoy a core curriculum at each grade level, as well as two semesters of elective courses. In addition, students participate in the Temple Sinai High School Community Service Program. They enjoy a weekly “Snack & Social” period, a time to hang out and enjoy refreshments together between classes. Best of all, our wonderful teens report feeling “more like myself at Temple Sinai than in my secular school.” They develop lifelong relationships and feel comfortable having Temple Sinai as their second home.
Merging Formal and Non-Formal Jewish Education, Trips:
Students enjoy Rabbi Gershon’s College Caravan trip, the grade 10 Confirmation trip to NYC and the Grade 11/12 Jewish Philadelphia trip.
The Madrichim Program
Approximately 35 high school teens elect to volunteer to assist in the religious school classrooms and office on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. These students are role models for younger students. They are “teachers in training,” leading segments of class lessons; tutoring students; facilitating games and special programs. They’re the best!
The Temple Sinai High School Student Council plan social events, social action opportunities, special cultural and religious programs and celebrations. Grade-level representatives and council officers work together to help shape core and elective classes, with student recommendations and feedback for faculty. Our students “own” their program. Rabbi Gershon works closely with our teen leaders as Student Council Advisor.
Participation in URJ NFTY Programs is strongly encouraged for every TSHS student. The programs include regional and national off-site Jewish teen cultural and social events that are transformational and so much fun. In addition to “kallot,” (retreats) NFTY offers outstanding summer opportunities for teens. We help our teens and parents to learn about the summer Israel experience and teen Mitzvah Corps, that offer teens satisfying community service experiences in local and regional locations.
High School Core Curriculum:
Grade Eight 21st Century Teen Issues through the lens of Torah.
Judy Rosen, Instructor
Grade Nine Our Connection to Israel; Israel’s Accomplishments and Contemporary Challenges; Highlights of American Jewish History and Contemporary Issues.
Jack Lorber, Instructor
Grade Ten Confirmation Topics: Jewish Spirituality and the
application of Jewish ethics to contemporary issues.
Rabbi Stuart Gershon, Instructor
Grade Eleven Jewish Identity in the 21st Century; Advocating for myself; Advocating for others through tikkun olam.
Elissa Zylbershlag, Instructor
Grade Twelve “What Do I Believe?,” a comparative religion unit for contemporary teens; Contemporary Relevance of the Great Jewish Philosophers; Jewish and College Bound; Israel Advocacy on Campus; Leadership of the Purim Carnival
Judy Rosen, Instructor
Sample High School Elective Courses:
Jewish Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga
Debate of Contemporary Jewish Issues
Tele-Wisdom: Jewish Values in the Media
Teen Life in Israel
American Teen Issues & Jewish Values
TSHS College Transcript Program
We are pleased to provide a transcript of successfully completed courses for our students to submit along with college applications. We are proud of the coursework our students enjoy.