Our 11th grade program is built around tikkun olam or repairing the world through social justice and action. Using a project based learning method, the students select a social issue about which they care greatly, find an organization serving the issue, and develop and execute a project to create social change. Along the way, they meet with rabbis from our sponsoring synagogues to discuss how their responses to these social issues are aligned with the Jewish faith.
In 2016, our students worked with:
- CWS to raise awareness about refugees in the Triangle and ways to support them. Students raised funds and held a documentary screening and question and answer night.
- Jewish Family Services to help provide for and protect vulnerable families in our community. Students made soup bags to supplement JFS’s food pantry, Hanukkah cookies to brighten the Jewish seniors’ holidays, and centerpieces for JFS’s Chaverim program.
- Exchange Family Center, an organization that works to reduce and prevent child abuse while keeping families together. Students organized and manned a face-painting booth at the Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day.
Over the summer, a committee of students will select the organizations for the 2017-2018 year.
We continue to grow and develop our program for 12th graders. The vision is for an independent study:
What do you want to do? Community service? Text-based learning? College programs? Is there a topic about which you’d like to learn more?
All 12th graders who enroll will meet with Jen over the summer to assess their interests and hopes for the year.