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LMAHH (Lower Merion Area Hebrew High)
LMAHH (LOWER MERION AREA HEBREW HIGH)
MANY VOICES. ONE COMMUNITY
The Lower Merion Area Hebrew High (LMAHH) was created to provide a weekly Jewish learning experience, bringing students from many synagogues (or no synagogue) together under one consolidated program. Joining together to create a positive social atmosphere for all students involved, we are also able to provide our students with a diversity of viewpoints from educators and rabbis across the Main Line and beyond. This program has been developed by the four Conservative synagogues in the area - Adath Israel, Congregation Beth Am Israel, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El and Har Zion Temple - and is open to other interested congregations, as well as teens who are not currently members of a synagogue.
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WHAT DOES LMAHH OFFER?
- The school meets on Sundays and Tuesdays and operates on a semester model. Teens can choose whether to attend on Sundays or Tuesdays (or, if desired, both). We know that our teens have lots of commitments and we want to provide them with maximum flexibility, while ensuring that we have enough students at all times to provide a stimulating social environment.
- The classes offered are generally different on Sundays and Tuesdays to allow those students who want to attend both to be able to do so. However, certain topics, such as Teacher Training, may happen on both days, allowing students who can only attend on one particular day to still have the opportunity to take this course.
LMAHH offers options on Sunday mornings between 9:45 AM and 12:45 PM, allowing parents with children who attend religious school at any of the synagogues to avoid conflicts with pickup and drop-off times of those religious schools. On Sunday mornings, students may choose between attending for two or three hours. Those who choose to attend for two hours arrive at 10:30. Below is a sample schedule of how the day is structured. Each student can choose the class or classes they would like to attend for the semester.
9:45 - 10:25 Classes (Ulpan, Torah, Text, Tefilah, etc)
10:30 - 11:05 Hot Bagels, Hot Chocolate & Hot Topics (Current Events, Jewish Values)
11:10 - 11:55 Experiential Learning (Varies weekly - Options include Meetings by Synagogue, Rosh Hodesh & Shevet Achim groups, Teen Youth Philanthropy, Social Action Activities, Speakers, etc. This time block can be combined with Hot Bagels for programs that require 90 minutes.)
12:00 - 12:45 Classes (Teacher Training, Confirmation, Holocaust, Israel, etc.)
LMAHH also offers options on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Below is a sample schedule for how the evening is structured.
6:30 - 7:00 Dinner and Conversation
7:00 - 8:30 Option A - a 90 minute session on a single topic
Option B - two 45 sessions that run concurrently
OTHER EXPERIENTIAL JEWISH OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to the regular classes, we are developing plans for other opportunities for the teens to spend time with one another and take part in Jewish experiences. These plans include a community wide Shabbaton to take place in the coming year, periodic Shabbat dinner and services (led by and for teens) and Saturday evening social programs. These programs will meet at the various synagogues on a rotating basis.
LEADERSHIP AND LOCATION
This year, LMAHH is being hosted by two congregations. Our Sunday Program meets at Har Zion and our Tuesday Program meets at Beth Am Israel. The Director of LMAHH is Norman Einhorn. He is the current co-principal of the Har Zion High and will oversee both the Sunday and Tuesday programs. Steve Goldberg, the current co-principal of the Har Zion High program, is the Sunday Coordinator. Hazzan Harold Messinger from Beth Am Israel is the Tuesday Coordinator.
EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM
LMAHH offers a diverse and engaging curriculum to our students. While exact details of the curriculum are being developed, the following core themes, topics and ideas will shape our offerings.
- Hot Topics or Current Events- Students will have the opportunity to explore current issues in relationship to Jewish values and texts that have helped guide our people throughout the generations. Emphasis will be on helping students to consider multiple points of view and to develop their own positions on the issues.
- Israel - While many people in the Jewish community shy away from discussing Israel for fear of offending (or being offended by) someone, we believe that a proactive approach to teaching Israel through a pluralistic lens is the best way to deepen a connection between our teens and Israel. They will learn from a variety of viewpoints, with an emphasis on presenting each position in a fair and balanced way. We will focus on teaching History, Culture, Politics, Religion, and Social Diversity in Israel today. We will encourage students to take part in a trip to Israel in 10th grade, sponsored by the program.
- Teacher Training program - We will offer an intensive teacher training for 11th & 12th graders, with juniors taking an intensive course, followed by class placement as assistant teachers in a religious school of the teen’s home synagogue as a senior. In addition to this program, we will offer a more basic level program for younger students
- Text Study - Students will have opportunities to study relevant text from the Torah, Mishnah and Midrash (with both English and Hebrew/Aramaic) on a variety of topics or as an intensive study of a particular book or section.
- Hebrew/Tefillah - Students will have options to study conversational Hebrew, prayerbook Hebrew, and to develop skills such as leading an evening minyan, reading Torah, etc.
- History - Students will have options to study various Jewish time periods with an emphasis on the Holocaust and the History of Zionism. We are also working to develop a course on the Timeline of Jewish History.
- Social Justice - Students will have an opportunity to learn about and develop projects to address particular issues in our society.
- Community programs - We will partner with other organizations in our community, such as Moving Traditions and Jewish Federation, to offer opportunities for our teens to take part in programs such as the Jewish Teen Youth Philanthropy; Shevet Achim/Rosh Hodesh, etc.
Tuition is $950 for all students, regardless of how many days and hours they attend. The tuition for LMAHH is paid through your home congregation. If you have any questions referring to tuition, please contact your home congregation.
For more information, please contact Norman Einhorn at [email protected] or 610-667-5000 ext. 150.