The Lower Merion Area Hebrew High (LMAHH) is a collaborative educational program for teens from Har Zion Temple, Adath Israel, Congregation Beth Am Israel and Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El.
The impetus for the creation of LMAHH is the recognition that during the teen years, perhaps more intensely than any other time of life, friendship groups are the most important factor in determining an individual’s participation in a particular activity. With that in mind, we have worked to create a quality educational and experiential program that brings together as many area Jewish teens as possible under one roof. For our teens – who attend the same schools, participate in the same activities, and go to the same summer camps – dividing up by synagogue often creates an artificial barrier. This program aims to lower this barrier.
The goals of LMAHH are to:
LMAHH will operate as an independent entity directed by Norman Einhorn, who has been the long-time co-principal of the Har Zion High School of Jewish Studies. Steve Goldberg, who has been the co-principal with Norman, will serve as the Sunday Coordinator and Hazzan Harold Messinger of Beth Am Israel will be the Tuesday coordinator. The clergy from each congregation will be closely involved in the planning and curriculum of this new program and will all teach in the program. LMAHH will operate under an Advisory Council with equal representation from each synagogue.
For the 2017-18 school year, LMAHH will meet at Har Zion on Sundays (9:45 am – 12:45 pm, avoiding conflicts with religious school pick-up and drop-off) and at Beth Am Israel on Tuesdays (6:30 – 8:30). Students may choose the times and classes that work best for them. In future years, the locations will rotate among the various congregations.
In addition to the regular classes, LMAHH will also include Jewish social and communal experiences, including a teen Shabbaton, periodic Shabbat dinners and services (led by and for teens) and Saturday evening social programs.
Please use this link to register.
For more information, don’t hesitate to give Norman Einhorn a call at 610-667-5000 ext 150 or email him.