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Madrichim Program (8th-12th Grades)

The Madrichim program continues to evolve based on the needs of the Am Yisrael School of Jewish Studies (SJS) community.  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic our teachers have specific needs and our madrichim provide tremendous assistance.  We are tremendously grateful to Aviva Tilles who helped us take the program to new heights of excellence during her two years at the synagogue.  

Madrichim are required to have an initial 1:1 Zoom meeting with our Head of School Mr. Charlie Sherman to go over expectations and find the best ways to utilize the skill sets of our Madrichim.  

Madrichim are expected to attend as many Sunday, Wednesday, Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) and Holiday programming as possible.  Special Zoom check-ins take place at 9:10 a.m. on Sundays, 4:10 p.m. on Wednesdays, at 9:25 a.m. once a month for SFP, PJ Shabbat and on a case-by-case basis for holidays.

Mr. Sherman oversees the Madrichim on their assignments, with the feedback of all classroom and specialist SJS Teachers.  Mr. Allan Arnet and Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.) guide a major component of the Madrichim Program in 2020-2021 (5781) as part of their teaching of the 8th-12th Grade students.  The roles of our Madrichim in our remote learning include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as assistant teachers in our classrooms via Zoom
  • Serving as 1:1 buddies to younger children in our School of Jewish Studies
  • Reading stories to classes and lead discussions related to the stories
  • Serving as 1:1 Hebrew tutors during regular hours and in some cases during "off hours"
  • Offering D'var Torah feedback (either in the writing or delivery part of the process)
  • Assist students of all ages in learning their Torah, Haftorah and Megillah readings
  • Assisting or creating chugim (choice activities) that are offered during SJS hours or at separate times
  • Creating videos that we can use for asynchronous learning
  • Teaching cooking classes via Zoom
  • Teaching Omanut (Art) classes via Zoom
  • Brainstorming Mitzvah projects with Pre-B'nai Mitzvah students
  • Finding top rate websites or apps that can help us in our teaching process
  • Compiling music playlists by topic

Our younger students look up to our teens. While there are specific tasks (and more) listed above, the most important role of our Madrichim is for them to serve as excellent role models.   main roles of our Madrichim at SFP, PJ Shabbat and Holidays is serving as role models in helping to lead prayers and chant from the Torah scroll.

Please click here to access the SJS, Family & Youth Programming calendar for 2020-2021 (5781)

Please click here to access the 8th-12th Grade schedules

Please click here to access 8th-12th grade curricular learning objectives, resources and materials

Revised 8-31-2020  11 Elul 5780

Tue, June 22 2021 12 Tammuz 5781