Siyyum classes meet on Sunday evenings from 6:45-8:45 p.m.
“Siyyum” means “completion,” and it is the name for our 11th-12th grade program. This is not just for teenagers who have finished the Confirmation year; rather, it is open to any 11th grader who would like to continue or resume Jewish learning.
Siyyum classes are taught by Rabbi Michael Pont and Rabbi Donald Weber, with visiting faculty for special programs. They are eager to challenge and engage enthusiastic senior high school students. They will guide our young adults in understanding the Reform Jewish perspective on a variety of different issues that will affect their lives as they gain maturity and independence.
The curriculum, “Packing for College: Where Does Judaism Fit?” covers practical matters such as how to choose a college and, for graduating seniors, how to develop a personal Jewish Action Plan. It deals with questions about Judaism that teens are likely to be asked and suggests ways to advocate for Israel. It also helps parents and their college-bound children forge a new type of relationship based on their shared personal and Jewish expectations. We explore Jewish Values and Ethics using issues that our students will face as they graduate from High School, helping them make Jewish decisions as they come of age in a complex world.
Schedule and Attendance
Sessions are approximately monthly, and students must attend at least four sessions to receive credit towards graduation. Each lesson is self-contained so that the month-long gaps don’t interfere with the course’s continuity.
Building Jewish connections are requires both education and social time. Therefore, each monthly session will include a break for pizza, with time to schmooze with friends and teachers.