Teen Program

Nesiah, Hebrew for "journey," is Ahavath Achim Synagogue's on-the-move program for 7th – 9th grade students. Nesiah runs on a triennial curriculum, each year exploring a defining era in Jewish history and culminating with a memorable trip. The curriculum is uniquely designed with the needs of day school students and public-school students alike. As students gain a greater understanding of our shared Jewish history, they also learn more about their own identities and their families' stories.

This year's focus is on Holocaust and Human Behavior. We will explore what learning about the choices people made during the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazi Party, and the Holocaust teach us about the power and impact of our choices today. The course is team-taught by Rabbi Rosenthal, Rabbi Blustin, Jackie Nix (Director of Youth and Family Engagement), and Sharon Graetz (Director of Education).

Nesiah students meet twice a month: one Sunday (10 am – 12 pm) in-person and one Wednesday (7:30 – 8:30 pm) online.

2021 – 2022 Dates:

Sunday, September 26
Wednesday, October 13
Sunday, October 24
Wednesday, November 10
Sunday, November 14
Wednesday, December 8
Sunday, December 12
Wednesday, January 12
Sunday, January 23
Wednesday, February 9
Sunday, February 27
Wednesday, Mach 9
Sunday, March 27
Wednesday, April 13
Sunday, April 24

Tuition is $1400, and it includes all expenses, including field trips and the trip to Washington D.C.

Questions? Please contact the Director of Education, Sharon Graetz (; 404.603.5754).