8th Grade – 12th Grade (Tamid)

NVHC will begin our 5781 school year online, including Tamid. Our online program will continue to meet on Sunday mornings. It is our hope that we will be able to meet, at some point, in-person this year. We are working with a group of lay leaders who are advising us on when we will be able to do this in a way that is safe and socially responsible.

Tamid takes place on Tuesday nights on Zoom from 6:15-7:30 pm with an optional dinner/chat time from 5:45-6:15 pm. We consistently rotate between a few different themes and types of programming: Jewish studies, tikkun olam (social justice), social/fun programming, and a “wild card,” one-off experience. This provides students with an opportunity to go more in depth on a variety of topics of interest to them, and have a good amount of time dedicated to each.

For all 8th-12th grade students (excluding Confirmation), Talmud Torah Tuesdays (“Triple T”) are required for attendance. This allows our teen community to have critical mass at least once a month, which creates ruach (spirit), cohesion, relationships, and a venue for communicating upcoming opportunities. While we understand that other obligations compete for the very limited time in a teen’s schedule, we would like for them to show a concerted effort to be engaged with our post-B’nai Mitzvah congregational community by attending as many Tuesdays as possible during the month, but prioritizing that Triple T week. Additionally, we hope that in creating this type of programming there will be an exciting and critical mass of teens present, which is necessary to build a kehilah kedosha, a holy learning community.

Tamid is structured this way to provide a little bit of everything to all of our students, all in an environment that allows kids across grades and interests to learn a lot, be involved in their communities, and have fun!

  • Talmud Torah Tuesday

    Students have the opportunity to build on their core Jewish knowledge through creative Judaics electives. These topics could involve deep dives into Jewish texts, conversations about the natures of prayer or ethics, or how Jews & Judaism have been expressed in history and culture. Some past electives have been: the nature of Reform Judaism, Israeli politics, Jewish philosophers, Jewish roots of superheroes, and the roots of Jewish music. Breaking out into smaller groups allows for deep and wide-ranging discussions across ages and experiences. Students have two different electives each Talmud Torah Tuesday which they select once in the Fall and again in the Spring.

  • Tikkun Olam Tuesday

    For this program, students are involved in discussions and programming about making our world a better place. We discuss the ways we can grow into ethical Jewish adults and participate in mitzvah work that we can do, even if its socially distantly from our own homes. We also work to stay involved on the issues of the day, discussing and debating current events and how they impact our lives, as well as working to educate ourselves on how we can be better allies to those in our communities who are excluded or oppressed.

  • Wild Card Tuesday

    This is our chance throughout the year to try unique and one-of-a-kind programs. Maybe we’ll do a project, or play a game, or complete a challenge. Maybe we’ll react to something going on in the world, or take advantage of a special opportunity to hear from a guest speaker. This is our chance to take risks, try new things, and have fun!

  • Social Tuesdays

    Each of these Tuesdays focus on fun activities & games for our Tamid students. The goal is to build on the community that is formed throughout the year. These programs might include trivia competitions, a variety of games, cooking, and other fun activities.

RAC Social Justice Academy

The Religious Action Center, the lobbying arm of the Reform movement, is offering a brand-new series of online programs this year. Designed for high-school students, this is an incredible opportunity to learn civic engagement and get a taste of political activism. An NVHC cohort will be joining all three of these seminars: Civic Engagement in October; Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in November; and Action & Advocacy in February/March. Each program is made up of two or three sessions that will be held Wednesday nights at 7:00pm. More information and registration details can be found here.

Confirmation 10th -12th Grade

Just as a child takes responsibility for selfhood at the point of Bar or Bat Mitzvah, our teens take responsibility for the Jewish community at the point of Confirmation. They spend the year learning with our clergy what exactly Judaism is, and then talking about what they want the Jewish community to be. The capstone project is a group effort to create a Confirmation ritual (sometimes a service, other times something totally different) that communicates the class’s values and vision for Jewish life in the future.

Teacher’s Assistant (Madrichim) Training

8th Grade Madrichim Training

8th grade students who wish to serve as madrichim in the future can participate in our 8th grade madrichim training program. Beginning in January, 8th grade madrichim-in-training will attend a madrichim training class and then are placed in classes, and will act as madrichim, rotating 3-4 times throughout the semester. This enables our students to immediately put into practice the lessons they are learning, and also allows the students to learn from our faculty and older madrichim.

9th-12th Grade Madrichim

9th-12th grade students wishing to serve as madrichim attend Kehillat Limmud on Sundays, serving in classrooms, in the office, or as a buddy. Madrichim have the option of being paid for their time or taking community service hours. 9th-10th grade students are required to be enrolled in Tamid in order to serve as madrichim. They act as assistants to both teachers and students, helping students to learn Hebrew, guiding their art projects, and providing assistance wherever needed. Madrichim are an integral part of the Kehillat Limmud experience and our school would not run so smoothly without them! These teens are truly leaders in our community!

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