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What is Tichon?

Tichon is the name for Synagogue Emanu-El's Religious School program for high schoolers.  It concludes in 12th grade at confirmation.  This program focuses on understanding Jewish movements and practices,
​​​​​​​tikkun olam, and Jewish culture and values.

Speaking from the Bima for Confirmation

Each year, our graduating Tichon students are given the opportunity to speak to the congregation from the bima on the Shabbat morning of their Confirmation.  In an uncensored 3-5 minute speech, these seniors are asked to describe their Synagogue Emanu-El moments and memories that they will take with them in their Jewish "toolbox" as they move on to college.

Hearing how Emanu-El has shaped our young adults in personal, moving terms is a testament to our synagogue community.

You can see the 2020/5780 class's speeches on our website.

Civil Rights Movement Experience - Tichon 2018-2019

We have implemented a program for high school students that focuses on the relationship between Jewish values and social justice activism.  Students have learned how Jewish values influenced and/or informed the participation of Jewish men and women in the Civil Rights Movement. 

The highlight of this program has been a trip following the "National Civil Rights Trail" through Atlanta, Birmingham, and Selma. We were able to visit many of the historically significant sites and landmarks of the movement as we follow in the footsteps of Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Moreover, we did so on Martin Luther King weekend, enabling students to to honor Dr. King’s legacy by making the holiday a day of community service, or “a day on--not a day off.” 

High school students comprise the largest group of our Religious School population. We remain committed to engaging this important population in a diversity of meaningful programs and experiences that will continue to provide value into their adulthood. Educating the students about social justice through a Jewish prism helps deepen their understanding of how their Jewish values and experiences inform their own attitudes and behaviors. 

Our hope is to strengthen our teens' identities, both American and Jewish, as they learn about Jewish involvement in the issues and history of our country, the United States. 

Following are some of our students' reflections on their trip.

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781