MIDRASHA : 8th through 12th graders
The Combined Jewish High School
Students in 8th through 12th grades attend Midrasha on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M, with an optional dinner at 6:30 P.M. Midrasha is a joint educational program of B’nai Emunah (our Conservative sister congregation) and Temple Israel which is jointly administered by the Educators of both congregations.
Each week there is a mix of community engagement and small group learning. High School students select a Limmud chavurah (learning group) to join each quarter, which lasts for about six weeks. Students will learn and celebrate together in Limmudim that are focused on a specific topic. Limmudim allow students to explore a topic that they are most interested in on a deeper and more advanced level, Topics range from Israel to Ethics, storytelling to Philanthropy and environmentalism all through a Jewish lens.
Students in eighth grade have a mix of core and elective classes throughout the year. The focus for eighth graders is the value of B’tzelem Elohim, being created in the image of God. In the final quarter of the year, eighth grade students choose their own limmud chavurah.
Students who have successfully completed through 10th grade are eligible for Confirmation. Confirmands are eligible for the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) summer study trip to Israel. They spend an exciting five weeks with other American high school students traveling the length and breadth of Israel while experiencing Israeli culture first hand. This outstanding program is subsidized by Temple Israel and the Tulsa Jewish Federation to assure that every Confirmand will be able to participate.
Midrasha offers several other opportunities as well. Each year, during spring break there is a Midrasha trip (for 9th-12th grades) to explore Jewish communities around the country. High school students are encouraged to participate in this trip. Our teens also have the chance to participate in the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice with both the Operation Understanding Youth Tour and Teen Trialogue, both options promoting interfaith dialogue among Tulsa’s teens. New this year, we will be offering Senior Seminars to help teens prepare for college or life after high school.