Yeshivat Noar (8th and 9th grades) is part of our Religious School program and meets from 10a-noon on Sundays. Students are welcome to come anytime between 9a-10a just to hang out. Our Yeshivat Noar classroom is more like a lounge with couches, pillows, and an entire chalkboard wall for students to express themselves creatively. We pride ourselves on engaging our students in open and honest dialogue and in creating a safe space for them to discuss the issues and concerns that affect their lives.
Kabbalat Torah (formerly Confirmation) is taught by Rabbi Gwasdoff and is open to students in the 10th grade who have completed our Religious School program or its equivalent. Kabbalat Torah begins with dinner at 6p on Wednesday evenings. Dinner is followed by a variety of topical discussions. Class ends at 7:30p. Each year our class attends the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Program in Washington, DC, http://rac.org/confprog/ltaken/ studying issues that face our country and the role that they can play in influencing policy in America. Our year concludes with a creative service led by our students.
ACDC (After Confirmation the Discussion Continues) is for 11th ad 12th graders and meets with Rabbi and Karma once a month. Classes vary between cultural enrichment experiences (concerts, plays, films) and student selected topics. ACDC makes an annual trip to Los Angeles to experience Jewish LA. While in LA, we visit Jewish museums, eat Jewish food, and attend Jewish cultural events.
Shirat Noar is our teen choir made up of students in 6th-12th grade. Directed by Lindy Passer and accompanied by Donna Smith and Steve Schermerhorn, Shirat Noar rehearses on Sunday mornings. Shirat Noar participates in our Bar/Bat Mitzvah services and sings at special services and events throughout the year.
Youth Group is open to all high school students in grades 9-12. Your parents do not have to be temple members for you to be a part of Stockton Temple’s Federation of Youth (STFY). STFY is crazy fun and a great way to connect with other cool Jews in Stockton, San Joaquin County and beyond! STFY is a part of the Reform Movement’s National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) http://www.nfty.org.
Mentor & Madrich Programs give our teens the opportunity to assist in our Hebrew and Religious Schools in either a volunteer or paid capacity. Being a Hebrew Mentor or a Religious School Madrich (coach) is a great way to improve leadership skills. It’s also great if you need community service hours or a part-time job. Many of our mentors and madrichim go on to teach in Religious Schools during their college years. The hours are good and the pay is better than fast food!