Eighth Grade Curriculum

Welcome to our eighth grade class at Beit Sefer Shalom! Your child will attend school on Wednesdays, combined with seventh graders, from 4:30-6:30pm. Like all of our classrooms, the eighth grade curriculum is customized for this age group and organized into the core areas of Jewish education listed below.

Eighth graders are also invited to join our Madrichim program. As a Junior Madrich, your child can begin to develop their leadership skills in the Jewish community by serving as a student aide.


Holidays and Symbols

  • Focus on Yom HaAtzma’ut
  • Ritual objects
  • Chanukah and Purim celebrations

Prayer and God

  • God and prayer in the Jewish denominations

Jewish Values

  • Marriage, divorce, Jewish identity, relationships
  • The Jewish family
  • The Prophets and social action


  • Conversational Hebrew (optional)
  • Online Learning Center (OLC)

Jewish Customs and Practices

  • Gemilut Chasadim
  • Your movement of Judaism
  • Comparative Judaism
  • Contemporary issues (optional)
  • Journalism (optional)

Bible and History

  • 1789 to the present
  • The Holocaust
  • Current events


  • Current events

Art and Culture

  • 2018-19: History through the arts

Tolerance and Diversity

  • Holocaust and other genocides