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MASA High School Program

Shearith Israel’s post-B’nai Mitzvah class, MASA, which means “journey” in Hebrew, helps each student develop a personal relationship with the Jewish tradition through interactive learning, student-driven discussions, and timely, relevant topics.  This year we will pilot a curriculum designed to understand how we develop ourselves as a Jewish community. With a focus on Atlanta, students will learn about the different denominations, agencies and organizations that contribute to the make-up of our vibrant Jewish community.


Classes will include sessions/discussions with Rabbi Kaiman, Nancy Gorod, or a guest speaker, and the group will enjoy a class trip in March 2019 to New York to visit such sites as the Lower East Side, Tenement Museum, Ellis Island, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. 

Click here to download the 2018- 2019 MASA High School Program Schedule and click here for the full Program Description. All classes will be held at 3:30pm on Sundays at Shearith Israel, unless otherwise noted.

For a recap (with photos!) of the group's visit to Washington, DC, on March 22 - 24, 2019, click here!  



REGISTER HERE for the MASA High School Program

2018 - 2019 Schedule

  • 8/26 1st day of class: Intro & Overview [Kick-off learning session with Rabbi Kaiman at his home, coinciding with the last Journey to Adulthood (J2A) session, "Life After the Thank You Notes". An introduction to what to expect this year, and a sampling of what the Jewish community has to offer young adults.] Please note: This class meets at 12:15pm!
  • 9/16 Guest speaker from the Islamic Speakers Bureau
  • 9/30 Learning/Discussion - Building a "Sukkat Shalom": creating welcoming peaceful space for others. Do Not Stand Idly By – Lo Ta’amod Al Dam Reicha: How Jewish values help us understand and respond to bullying and delegitamizing “Others”
  • 10/14 Trip to community agency helping our Refugee Family
  • 10/28 Trip to Center for Civil and Human Rights – Discussion and lesson following 
  • 11/4 Hazon et HaKol – Feeding the Hungry Text study and meal preparation/serving for Rebecca’s Tent 4:00
  • 11/18 Kroger Shopping trip to stock the Jewish Family and Career Service Kosher Food Pantry
  • 12/2 TBD 
  • 12/16 Chanukah Lesson – Bringing light to others. At Shearith. Donation of a toy or game
  • 1/13 Lesson with students from Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • 1/27 Holocaust Guest Speaker – Rachel Rothstein, Teacher in Eastern European History
  • 2/10 Inclusion: B’Tzelem Elohim – What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Text Study
  • 2/24 Movie: Praying With Lior at the Synagogue
  • 3/10 Exhibit: Anne Frank in the World at the Anne Frank Museum in Sandy Springs
  • 3/22-24  Trip to Washington, DC 
  • 4/14 Learn with Rabbi Ari and Emily Kaiman– "What is enslaving us today?"
  • 4/28 Yom HaShoah commemoration
  • 5/5 Li’Hiyot Am Hofshi B’Artzenu – To Be a Free People in our own Land – Israel Text Study and Falafel-making
Sun, May 26 2019 21 Iyyar 5779