In Grades 6-10, our students attend from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM on Sundays from September through May.
‘Second session’ provides an engaging and inspiring opportunity for students to build relationships with their Jewish peers. These peer relationships form a critical support network, based on Jewish values, for our students as they enter into their teen years. Seventh and eighth grade are taught by well-loved teachers that have a special knack for working with this age group, and ninth and tenth grades are taught by Rabbi Sam Rose and Rabbi Steve Folberg, respectively. Our teachers and rabbis become important role-models and mentors for our teens as they begin to look to other adults outside their immediate families for support and guidance.
Sixth/Seventh grade Mitzvot and Middot
This year, we are pleased to pilot a new program for sixth and seventh graders as a combined two-year class. Sixth and seventh graders will have class time focused around the topic of Mitzvot. Through interactive, camp-style learning taught by master middle-school educators, students will explore how they can contribute to the world by doing both ethical and ritual mitzvot. Topics include Gender and Ritual Garb, Leadership Values and the Election, and Cooking for the Interfaith Housing Network. Students will also experience several sessions of electives. This year's electives are: Midrash Manicures, Building the Tabernacle, and Great Debates in Judaism.
Each class, students participate in their own tefila (prayer) service, led by Cantorial Soloist Sarah Avner. In a safe and welcoming atmosphere, students practice their prayer leadership and explore spiritual concepts significant for their developmental stage.
Three times during the year, parents will attend class with their sixth/seventh grader, for special sessions focused on parent-teen communication around important topics such as the Meaning of Torah, and Teens and Stress.
Students have snack and social time, as well as some program time, with our 8-10th graders, enabling them to see the next steps in their Jewish education.
Eighth through Tenth Grade
Teaching Confirmation is one of Rabbi Folberg's favorite parts of being a rabbi. He treasures the time he gets to spend with our students, and our tenth graders get a chance to know their senior Rabbi. Rabbi Folberg loves hearing their questions, discussing Judaism's answers, and, of course, bringing snacks to share. This year, Confirmation will be held on Sundays from 11:30am-1:30pm.
Confirmation will be celebrated Saturday, May 27, 2017. Confirmands are encouraged to invite friends, teachers, relatives, and neighbors to join in this special day, shared with pride by our entire CBI community!
Teen Retreat for Grades 8-10, Nov. 18-20, 2016
This year, we are pleased to offer an awesome Teen Retreat for our 8th-10th graders. The Teen Retreat will take place from Friday November 18- Sunday November 20, at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. This is the same weekend as CBI’s Congregational Retreat, so families are invited to come as well. However, the teens will stay in the Eco-Village separate from their families and the rest of the congregation, and will have their own counselors. The rabbis and professional staff will join with the teens as well for services and programs. The teens will get to engage community building, inspirational tefila (prayer), Jewish study, down-time, and mostly, lots of fun – including trying out Greene’s ropes course. Teens who are participating in the Teen Retreat Planning are developing the theme and the program of this year's retreat.
Teens will meet at CBI at 4 PM on Friday, Nov 18. The bus will depart at 4:30 PM. The teens will return to CBI by 2 PM on Sunday, Nov 20.