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Temple Sinai

50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 277-5888

8th Grade Programs

Sinai U Sunday Nights

Sunday evenings 5:30-7:30pm

Sinai U Sunday Nights is our middle school Jewish learning program. Seventh & eighth graders eat dinner together and take elective classes on different Jewish topics. Past classes have included: Social Justice and Judaism; Controversial Stories in the Torah; Jewish Superheroes; Israeli Culture through Music; and Jewish Mindfulness & Yoga. 8th graders take part in a leadership class for the first period, and then pick an elective for second period. You can sign up one semester at a time – or just check it out one week and see if it’s for you! To register email

Tikkun Olam Sundays

Once a month on Sundays, 8:30am-12:30pm

Tikkun Olam Sundays is a service-learning program in which teens volunteer at Jewish Family & Children’s Services Family Table food pantry. A Sinai teacher accompanies the teens both ways on the bus, helps with the tasks at the pantry, and offers a Jewish learning activity during the morning. Teens can sign up by the month. Come earn community service credit! To register email Heidi at and tell her which months you’d like to do!

Madrich Corps Training

Fall Semester: Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 plus occasional Sunday mornings. Spring semester every other Sunday morning

We have made a few exciting changes to the Madrich Corps program for 8th graders. Instead of jumping right into a classroom, 8th graders will take a special leadership development class taught by Youth Advisor, Rose Levenson. In Rose’s class you will gain leadership and teaching skills to prepare you to work in a classroom with confidence and joy.

These leadership classes will take place during Sinai U Sunday Nights in the fall semester (September – December, 5:30-7:30pm). During this time you will join the Sinai U Sunday Night community for dinner, and pick an elective, too! 

You will have the opportunity to help out at special events on Sunday mornings, sub for Madrich Corps members as needed, and shadow an older madrich/a in the spring in a classroom. When you are in 9th grade you will be assigned a classroom as a full member of Madrich Corps. To register email

Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

Once a month, time TBD, in participants’ homes

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing is based on the Jewish tradition of women’s New Moon celebrations. The program builds the self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills, and friendships of adolescent girls. The monthly meetings provide a supportive environment where girls can explore the social and cultural issues they encounter, while having fun. Open to all eighth and ninth graders who identify as female. (See ​Shevet Achim​ for male counterpart.) To register email Heidi at

Shevet Achim (Boys group)

Once a month, time TBD, in participants’ homes

In Shevet Achim​, ​participants spend time in an all-guy space where they can explore what being Jewish means to them. The experience offers them a way to build self-esteem, explore Jewish identity and healthy masculinity, and deepen the bonds of friendship. The group offers adolescent boys a place to decompress from their lives and have discussions about what Judaism has to say about the challenges of their everyday lives. Open to all eighth and ninth graders who identify as male. (See ​Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing​ for a female counterpart). To register email Heidi at

Sheirut Sundays

October 8  Sukkot on the Farm, 
December 3  
JF&CS: Chanukah craft project, likely 
December 25  Making Christmas dinner at the Anna Bissonette House,  
More dates coming!

Sheirut Sundays are one-time opportunities to volunteer at various local organizations with Temple members of all ages. Last year’s activities included helping Ganei Beantown: Boston Jewish Gardens with the fall harvest, delivering food with Family Table, making beautiful centerpieces for the Chanukah party at Hebrew Senior Life, cooking Christmas Dinner at the Anna Bissonnette House for formerly homeless elders, and organizing books for More Than Words, which empowers foster youth to run a business. To register email Sinai U member Guy Berreby at

General Temple Life

All our teens are welcome to contribute to and participate in general life at Temple Sinai. This can include everything from chanting Torah on Shabbat or the High Holidays to helping with monthly Shabbat@Six community dinners and holiday celebrations (such as Second Night Seder, the Purim celebration , the Chanukah party), or attending Adult Learning classes and Tzedek@Sinai social justice actions. To get involved email Rabbi Shoshana at