Congregation Or Atid offers a wide variety of engaging and fun activities for our 8th and 9th grade students that will help them learn and grow as young Jewish adults and present them with unique opportunities to help their community and world become a better place.
The Jewish Learning Lab for 8th and 9th graders
There are 3 modules, each with its own focus and unique character:
Module 1: Prozdor at Or Atid
Module 2: STOP Program
Wednesday evenings - 6:45-8:15pm at various locations
"Students Together Opposing Prejudice" (STOP) is a collaborative, award-winning education initiative established in 1991. STOP is an interfaith program with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim participants targeted by junior high students and facilitated by high school students. It involves games, activities, and peer discussion focused on recognizing and responding to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
Module 3: Design Lab Experience
Modeled after the Brandeis Design Lab, this module uses the innovative approach of “design thinking” to understand a local community problem, and then work collaboratively to design and execute a solution. It is a practical, hands-on experience where participants, facilitated by a design thinking expert, will use the design thinking process to develop and execute a solution to a real problem. The program is grounded in Jewish values and often focuses on solving practical problems for the Jewish community. The experience involves creativity, problem solving, communication, art, design, engineering, and teamwork.
Volunteer Programs (In addition to Jewish Learning Lab Programs):
Telem is the teen program, sponsored by the JCRC, which provides teens with hands-on opportunities to make the world better and a little happier for others. Our division of Telem works with adults who have intellectual disabilities. Students drive together to a joint home in Concord, and provide programs, arts and crafts, and other activities that the students themselves create and plan. A special bond between the adults and the students is quickly formed, and most students who participate in Telem do so for the entirety of their high school years. One of our graduating seniors wrote, "For all of us, the visits bring warm smiles and joyous tales. But for me especially, I look forward to Telem each week because I know I am making those women's difficult lives a little bit brighter. Even if all we do is build Jenga towers or decorate Halloween pumpkins, these small, simple acts go a long way." Telem fulfills the social action requirement of all area schools.
Madrichim (student teacher) Program
We are looking for creative and compassionate 8th and 9th grade students to serve as aides in the younger grades of the Jewish Learning Lab. It is a volunteer position, but the rewards are many, from helping younger students learn to forming lasting friendships. If interested, please contact Rabbi Finestone at email@example.com as soon as possible.