In Pirkei Avot we are taught to “Find yourself a teacher and make yourself a friend.” At first glance this may seem a daunting task in our over-programmed world. Here in Oceanside, we have a way to accomplish that goal for our teens in the CENTRAL HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL.
Every Monday evening, from 7:00-9:00 P.M., our eighth through twelfth graders have a chance to study with local Rabbis and educators, in the company of their peers at TempleAvodah. The evening includes a chance to snack and schmooze with friends between classes. Students spend one period in a core curriculum class with others on their grade level and choose exciting electives for the second period.
Our students come to CHHS from all over the greater Oceanside community. Participating synagogues include Oceanside Jewish Center, TempleAvodah,and Bnai Shalom in Rockville Centre. In addition we welcome students with other affiliations from Long Beach, Oceanside, and surrounding communities.
The Central Hebrew High School for post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students is a dynamic program designed to give our teens an opportunity to stay involved in Jewish life. We recognize that there is a common ground for Conservative and Reform Jews that allows us to educate our teens together and to keep them involved in a dialogue on Jewish life.
As a committed Jewish community, we celebrate, commemorate, and engage in gemilut hasadim, acts of loving kindness together. We have special programs to mark holidays and observances and bring exciting guest speakers to address our students.
Please consider enrolling your teen today. For further information, please contact Karen Feit, CHHS principal at 458.8499 or Karenbfeit@aol.com
SAMPLE COURSE OFFERINGS
Here is a taste of what your student may learn at CHHS
Sample Course Offerings:
THIS IS YOUR LIFE, JEWISH STYLE: A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE MAJOR EVENTS OF THE JEWISH LIFE CYCLE
HOW DO I DECIDE? MAKING TOUGH PERSONAL CHOICES WITH JEWISH VALUES AS YOUR GUIDE…HOT TOPICS FOR TODAY’S TEENS.
SEX DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N ROLL…THE LIFE OF A JEWISH TEENAGER IN TODAY’S WORLD…A GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED WITH THE RABBI.
WE CAN’T FORGET, BUT CAN WE FORGIVE?
LOOKING AT THE HOLOCAUST FROM A VALUES PERSPECTIVE
TO SEE THE WORLD THROUGH JEWISH EYES: IT’S “NOT DA MAMA,” IT’S DA RABBI…WATCHING DINOSAURS AND LEARNING JEWISH LIFE LESSONS.
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR KIPPAH? AN INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY IN THE JEWISH WORLD: SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF JEWISH STREAMS: ORTHODOX, CONSERVATIVE, REFORM, RECONSTRUCTIONIST, HASIDIC, AND THEN SOME.
HOW TO GIVE AWAY YOUR MONEY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GREATEST JEWISH THINKERS OF ALL TIME, AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT TZEDAKAH.
DRIVER’S ED: THE RABBI’S WAY: LIFE LESSONS AS YOU GET READY TO HIT THE ROAD FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
MAKING ISRAEL REAL:
How can we make a difference without leaving our homes? How can we get more Jews to study, visit and care about Israel? This course will attempt to respond to these issues. We will consider the challenges in fostering a fervent connection between American Jews and Israel, the people, the state, the language and the land.
IT’S A MITZVAH: MITZVOT IN ACTION
Study Jewish text on acts of chesed and tzedakah (righteousness and compassion), and learn by doing! Weekly social action projects are an integral part of this curriculum.
Many Paths to One God: Exploring The Big Three
Learn about Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Find out how we differ and in what ways we're similar. Each religion's unique contribution to the world is studied. Course will make use of videos, music, comics and other forms of media to enhance class discussion.
THE ART OF LIVING TOGETHER
In this class we will begin to explore the concept of coexistence and how it plays out in our Jewish world. Coexistence is more than a concept and more than a popular idea. It involves changing our lives and changing the way we think. Coexistence is not necessarily learning to live together but perhaps learning to live side by side. Through the use of film, music, our biblical text and current situations we will try to unravel this difficult reality that has turned violence into the language of daily life. A language threatens the existence of human society.
THE BIBLE: RATED R
This class will be a text study class where students will work as a group or in pairs, focusing on stories that students may not have studied in their early years in Religious School. The goal of the class will be to spark students’ interest by exposing them to stories and text that seem to push the envelope, as they develop a deeper understanding of traditional sacred text.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE NEVER EARLY OR LATE: THEY’RE ALWAYS RIGHT ON JEWISH TIME: EXPLORE THE CYCLE OF THE JEWISH CALENDAR COMPLETE WITH HOLIDAYS, FAST DAYS, LEAP YEARS, TORAH READINGS, MONTHS, MOONS, AND SEASONS.
SENIOR SEMINAR PART ONE: THE DAVID PROJECT: THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT AND HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR ISRAEL:
COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE FULL OF ANTI-ZIONISTS AND PEOPLE WITH POLITICAL AGENDAS. LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY, POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY, AND MORALITY OF THE CONFLICT AND PREPARE YOURSELF TO BE A PROUD JEW WHO LOVES ISRAEL ON YOUR COLLEGE CAMPUS.
WE ARE FAMILY: LEARN ABOUT YOUR IMMEDIATE JEWISH FAMILY TREE. DO A LITTLE GENEAOLOGY RESEARCH AND SHARE THE RESULTS WITH ISRAELI STUDENTS DOING THE SAME STUDIES. SEE WHAT ELSE YOU HAVE TO SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER
JEWISH MUSIC: WHAT MAKES MUSIC JEWISH? WHO ARE THE JEWS MAKING MUSIC TODAY?