Temple Sinai High School offers students a unique study program designed to be flexible, keep students connected, and deepen their Jewish heritage and identity. It is called the 4 T’s Track System. Students have the opportunity to choose one track or as many tracks as they would like to follow. The tracks include Traditional Learning, Tikkun Olam (Telem or social service projects of their choice), Tefillah (stay connected through services) and TASTY (Teenage Association of Sharon Temple Youth).
Traditional Learning- This is our Tuesday night program that meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with 45 minutes spent in a core class and 45 minutes in electives that change per semester and are the student’s choice. Some past classes have been Sephardic cooking, Jewish playwrights, Is Harry Potter Jewish?, American Sign Language, Current Events, and Israel and the Holocaust, just to name a few.
Tikkun Olam- This track includes our volunteer program Telem. Telem meets on Thursdays twice a month. A bus picks the students up at both the Sharon Middle and High School and transports them to the Westfield Child Care Center. The students spend time discussing a Jewish topic on mitzvot and then volunteer with the children. Some of the volunteer activities include homework help, reading, and playing active games. If Telem does not fit into your schedule then you have the option of designing your own social service track (approved by the Director of Education). Some possible places to volunteer are School on Wheels, Cradles to Crayons, SPCA, Moose Hill Farm, House of Possibilities, Main Spring and Jewish Family Table. (Minimum of 30 hours over the course of the school year.)
Tefillah – This track enables the student to stay connected through prayer services. The student participates in at least one worship service monthly. The Rabbi will work out a plan with the individual student if they choose this track. Some opportunities may include:
*Rosh Hashanah services (Torah reading/recite prayers)
*Reading your Torah portion on the anniversary of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah
*Megillah reading at the Purim Service
*Participate at B’Simcha (monthly family Shabbat)
*Help with the school Sunday morning minyan (30 minute interactive musical service)
TASTY – This track is the high school youth group that meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Lounge. The Temple Sinai group is an active group that plans and participates in local activities as well as at a regional level (NFTY). Please contact Illyse Habbe, our Youth Director, for more information.
If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the Director of Education, Beth Fine-Nelson.
The culmination of the formal religious educational program for young people is the ceremony of confirmation, which is held on Shavuot. Students are confirmed after the successful completion of three years of study in the high school (grades 8-10) and other activities, which are scheduled during the course of the confirmation class year. Please refer to our High School Handbook for more information.