Chai Program – Grades 7-12

Monday Madness: The Second* Monday Night of Every Month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm all of our teens will join together for Monday Madness. Dinner will be served (and it will not be pizza) and a fun, social, and interactive programs will be hosted by TEFTY - our Senior Youth Group. Dates for 2016-2017 TBA.

7th Grade Options

Sunday Morning
9:30-10:30 am - 7th Grade Hebrew Lab* First Semester Only. (For Spring B'nai Mitzvah or those who want to boost Hebrew skills.)
10:30 am -12:00 pm. – Jewish Studies

Monday Night
5:30-6:30 p.m. - 7th Grade Hebrew Lab* First Semester Only. (For Spring B'nai Mitzvah or those who want to boost Hebrew skills.) On Monday nights we provide dinner for Students in Hebrew Lab

6:30-8:00 pm - Jewish Studies

8th to 12th Grade Options

Kallot Mitzvah Corp - is a hands-on retreat style experience for learners in grades 8-12. Each lesson is a mix of learning, fun, volunteering & teamwork. This year our focus will be on intensive Tikkun Olam learning and experiences. Sessions may include: field trips, guest speakers, art projects, and text study too. We meet six times throughout the year for four hours at a time.  Learners are asked to attend five times during the year. Dates for the 2016-2017 School Year: October 16, November 20, January 8, February 5, March 19 and April 9. All will be held on Sundays from 12:30-4:30 pm.
Independent Study - Please call Rabbi Schlein to make arrangements 216-831-3233 ext 133

Curriculum for Chai Program

7th Grade – TEXTING
Take out your cell phones! Get ready for a scavenger hunt. Help create a meaningful school wide Tzedakah Fair. These are just a few of the exciting elements of our new 7th Grade Core Class. Our students may think they are the first generation to text. Think again! There are many powerful text messages hidden throughout the Torah. Come discover them with us. Each session will have intellectual challenges and hands on activities. Many of the sessions will integrate technology into the learning.

8TH GRADE – Members of the Tribe
Our 8th Grades will spend the semester on a quest for self and communal discovery. We will learn about what it means to be a community and specifically explore our incredible Cleveland Jewish Community.

The Israeli Experience
Students will interact with people, places, culture, and modern dilemmas facing Israel today in an effort to create a relationship with her that explores the Jewish past, present, and future. Our Shinshin, Israeli Year of Service Volunteer, will assist in teaching this course.
Whose Business Is It, Anyway?
Students discuss making ethical decisions in relationships with friends and family, in business dealings medical dilemmas, school violence and abuse. Judaism guides and directs us to make the right decisions.

Teachers: Rabbis Block, Haim, and Klein
Students study with our clergy in preparation for a meaningful ceremony marking this rite of passage into adult, faith-affirming, personal decision making. They explore the Ten Commandments, the text read at Confirmation, on the holiday of Shavuot. Studying together this trimester prepares them for the highlight of their year - their trip to New York City!
10th Grade Confirmation Trip to New York: TBA

11th & 12th Grade Senior Seminar: On Monday nights our oldest students will have an opportunity to explore current events and larger questions of meaning in this fun and intensive seminar with our clergy.


Families today live busy, complicated lives. Our goal is to provide choices and guidance that match our students' schedules and interests. We understand that teens don't all connect to Judaism in the same way, nor do they all learn in the same manner. Our teen program expands the boundaries of time, place, and method of learning by offering choices for when and how students learn. Our CHAI PROGRAM is the expression of an educational Vision that inspires lifelong Jewish learning and living, and creates commitment to Jewish community. Students will choose among five core areas that connect us to Jewish living. Those five categories are: Talmud Torah - Jewish Learning, Gemilut Chasadim - Acts of Lovingkindness, Kehillah - Jewish Community Involvement/Social Interaction, Avodah - Spirituality and Me'aynai Yahadut - Seeing Contemporary Issues through a Jewish Lens.


The year is divided into two parts. The first half we have core classes and second half learners are able to choose their electives. Learners are able to sign up for the program and times that work best for them. Requirements not met during the academic year can be made up over the summer or will be carried over to the following school year and made up through Individualized Learning Projects.


NEW FAMILIES: Link to our 2016-2017 Registration

Connect with Us


Rabbi Stacy Schlein

Director of Education

(216) 831-3233, x133

Yad L'Yad - Recognizing G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) by our K-6 students

Alex L.

Alex L. said he was sorry when he bumped into someone.

Jenna P.

Jenna P. helped in class.


Jessica was very polite to another student.

Rubin H.

Rubin H. picked up a coin that was dropped.

Talia C.

Talia C. helped clean up the classroom.

Owen B.

Owen B. helped clean up without being asked.

Clair O.

Clair O. was very helpful by carrying her teacher's materials.

Maxine G.

Maxine G. paid attention and contributed especially well in class.

Zoey Z.

Zoey Z. saw her teacher needed help, so she carried her teacher's bag.

Bella S.

Bella S. offered and gave a glass of water to the person behind her in line at the water cooler.

Sam P.

Sam P. graciously helped in the classroom.

Kelsey C.

Kelsey C. cleaned up without being asked.

Miranda K.

Miranda K. helped during TPR.

Evan B.

Evan B. was a good leader during Parade the Temple.

Teddy B.

Teddy B. helped clean the room.

Cayden B.

Cayden B. helped pick up in the class.

Jack B.

Jack B. helped Tyler color his leaf.

Caydan B.

Caydan B. helped pick up the prayer books when they fell to the floor.

Logan M.

Logan M. helped in class.

Miranda K.

Miranda K.

Joe S.

Joe S. helped put away markers.

Charles Z.

Charles Z. showed his willingness to recieve extra help with Hebrew in class.

Matt T.

Matt T. eagerly assisted the teacher in class.

Josh A.

Josh A. opened the door.


Elliot offered to erase the board during our game.

Aliza S.

Aliza S. gave a suggestion to another student who needed help.


Samantha helped her classmates pronounce Hebrew words.

Tyler H.

Tyler H. paid full attention during class and in TPR.

Joshua B.

Joshua B. gave 100% effort and attention during class.

Charlie Z.

Charlie Z. helped by picking up water bottles


Carly helped pick up something belonging to another student.

Virginia H.

Virginia H. carried her teacher’s bag to class.

Clair O.

Clair O. carried her teacher's bag.

Jacob L.

Jacob L. offered to help Mrs. Saginor when she had no madrichim in class.


Ashley helped the Madrich with the prayer books.

Brandon L.

Brandon L. helped the visiting Parade artist.

Taylor S.

Taylor S. was a great friend to someone in need.

Simon K.

Simon K. helped clean the rooms by picking up papers.

Brandon L.

Brandon L. apologized to a friend.

Sam B.

Sam B. paid especially good attention in class and wanted to share with others.

Ben L.

Ben L. helped pick up dropped items.

Isaac K.

Isaac K. heloed in class.


Jacob helped clean up without being asked.

Robbie P.

Robbie P. helped pass out stickers when the teacher was busy.

Brady S.

Brady S. held open the door for the class without being asked.

Jordan K.

Jordan K. helped clean the room.

Ben L.

Ben L. helped his teacher by carrying her supplies to the classroom.

Bry S.

Bry S. helped in class.

Jacob F.

Jacob F. spent quite a bit of time straightening up his classroom.

Josh S.

Josh S. helped Tyler color his leaf.

Hannah R.

Hannah R. helped by checking if we had Maccabea.

Gabby L.

Gabby L. helped stack chairs after class.

Cole S.

Cole S. used his napkin to help a friend who spilled some water.

Kayla R.

Kayla R. was very eager to learn and contribute in class.

Alex S.

Alex S. helped in class.

Michael Z.

Michael Z. picked up pencils that had fallen to the ground.

Jonah C.

Jonah C. helped create "shalom bayit" by offering to work in any group where the teacher needed him.

Amelia K.

Amelia K. helped by picking papers off the floor after class

Matthew T.

Matthew T. helped by picking up the garbage.

Anna L.

Anna L. spent extra time learning her vowels so she could contribute in class.

Jason N.

Jason N. helped stack chairs after class.

Ryder B.

Ryder B. always waves to Cheri when he passes her.

Isabel G.

Isabel G. helped put things away after class.

Sophia S.

Sophia S. complimented the new haircut of one of her classmates.

Hannah R.

Hannah R. helped in class.

Justin K.

Justin K. helped in class.

Virginia H.

Virginia H. helped ease her teacher's load by carrying her bag.

Meredith K.

Meredith K. offered to carry her teacher's bag.

Claire O.

Claire O. brought the teacher's Temple bag.

Olivia M.

Olivia M. paid attention and helped others in class.

Meredith K.

Meredith K. helped during TPR.

Vivian A.

Vivian A. helped by taking a younger friend to the bathroom.

Maddie W.

Maddie W. helped a younger friend in class.

Zoey Z.

Zoey Z. offered to help her teacher move her bags to the classroom.

Matt P.

Matt P. opened the door and held it open for a teacher.

Cole K.

Cole K. helped when the teacher dropped papers.

Ben L.

Ben L. helped in class.

Virginia H.

Virginia H. helped by writing on the board.

Josh R.

Josh R. put away the prayer books without being asked.

Owen B.

Owen B helped clean up the class.

Trey D.

Trey D. brought money he found on the floor to the office.

Nate W.

Nate W. helped carry breakfast food during the retreat.

Carly G.

Carly G. helped to carry the prayer books.

Sam P.

Sam P. got scissors for the teacher.

Ben T.

Ben T. picked up a girl’s hat when it fell.

Cori A.

Cori A. helped the teacher take attendance.

Audrey H.

Audrey H. helped when the madricha dropped the prayer books.

Zoey Z.

Zoey Z. helped in class.

Lyndsey S.

Lyndsey S. helped her classmate with origami.

Robbie P.

Robbie P helped by picking up the trash.

Jonah S.

Jonah S. showed courage and knowledge in class.

Charlie R.

Charlie R. worked very hard without distracting the other students in his class.


Stella reminded the madricha to turn the page.

Camryn K.

Camryn K. told a classmate she was glad his cast was off and hoped he felt better.

Brooke K.

Brooke K helped to organize and clean up.

Sabrina F.

Sabrina F. carried books for her teacher

Hannah L.

Hannah L. paid attention and contributed in TPR.

Cole K.

Cole K. put prayer books back in the right bins when they got mixed up.

Danielle S.

Danielle S. volunteered to help set up class.

Amelia K.

Amelia K. apologized to her teacher for being a little out-of-control in class.


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