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Ma'alot Program

Ma'alot meets on Tuesdays Evenings from 6:30-8pm

Click here to view the 2023-24 Ma'alot Calendar.


Our Ma’alot curriculum is a continuation of our educational arc which begins in Pre-K, building on the best practices of the Gan and extends through our life-long learning program.

7th - 9th grade:

During first period, all students in 7th - 9th grade attend their core class. Each grade builds knowledge in an important area of Jewish study, such as rituals & life cycle, Israel, Jewish text, or history.

In second period, students attend a mixed-grade elective of their choosing. Students chose one elective for the Fall Semester and one elective for the Spring Semester.

10th - 12th grade:

Students in 10th-12th grade spend first period in grade-specific classes. The 10th and 11th grade classes focus on Israel education with and includes the opportunity for students to attend the Abe & Minnie Kay Israel Experience during their 10th or 11th grade year. The 12th grade class learns with our Director of Education, Rabbi Kerrith Solomon.

In second period, the 10th-12th grade students join together for a weekly guest speaker seminar, featuring Adas Israel clergy and content experts in the community. 


Meshek @ Adas Israel

Meshek (משק) is an acronym of three Hebrew words: Manhigut (leadership), Sheirut (service), and Kehila (community.) This term (typically used on kibbutzim in Israel) refers to the strength or well-being of a community and its commitment to working together.

Meshek Teen Leadership Program

Apply for the Meshek Teen Leadership Program!

The Meshek Teen Leadership Program invites students in 8th-12th grade to develop their skills as leaders and emerging Jewish educators by serving our youth programs, Shabbat offerings, or in the Religious School.

Program participants will develop leadership capability and new skills as educators by working within the Education Department and attending regular trainings and skill-development workshops. Our Teen Leaders will serve as role models for younger children in a variety of settings, including religious school classrooms, youth events, virtual events, and more. 

Participation in the Meshek Program requires an application and short interview. The interview will help determine placement, along with other factors including teen requests, teacher requests, and classroom needs.

Applications will be available in the early summer. Please reach out to Tessa Rudnick at with any questions.


FAQs: Meshek Teen Leadership Program

Who can apply to the Meshek Teen Leadership Program?

Any student in grades 8th-12th is welcome to apply! Due to health & safety considerations and space limitations, space in the program may be limited.

How do I apply to the Meshek Teen Leadership Program?

Apply to the program here! After your application has been processed, we will reach out to schedule an interview with you.

Will I get paid? What about Community Service credit?

Program participants can choose to either volunteer or receive SSL/Community Service hours for time spent working in the Meshek Teen Leadership Program.

Starting in your second year of the Teen Leadership Program, you can choose to get paid, as long as you are at least 14 years of age and enrolled in 9th grade or above.

I'm not available on Sunday mornings! Can I still be a part of the Meshek Teen Leadership Program?

Yes! Many of the positions available to our Teen Leaders will be on Sunday mornings, but there are also other opportunities to support the Religious School and youth program, including on weekday afternoons and Shabbat.


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