Chavayah (Hebrew: ‘experience’) focuses on youth empowerment and offers a self-directed and engaging approach to Jewish learning for our ninth and tenth-grade students, allowing them to continue the development of their Jewish identities through a diverse collection of learning opportunities.
Chavayah features two components: Core Curriculum (monthly lessons on a common theme), and Chuggim (electives that explore a variety of topics through experiential programs).
Chuggim encourage intrinsic motivation for Jewish learning and allows for scheduling flexibility. Past Chuggim have included Sephardic cooking classes, seeing Steppenwolf plays, and compiling a Passover Hagaddah. While all teens attend Core Curriculum sessions, students choose the Chuggim that best match their interests, creating a class schedule that responds to their unique curiosities.
Core sessions focus on one social justice topic for each year, giving students the tools to become more civically engaged. Past themes have included criminal justice, climate justice, immigration, and more. Chavayah students learn not only from synagogue educators but from talented community members across a broad spectrum of subjects such as social justice and Jewish creativity. The Chavayah experience gives students a stronger breadth of knowledge as well as a wider consciousness of how their Jewish values might inform other activities they enjoy.