8th Grade

Our 8th graders continue in our Mercaz (Center) program, which meets once a week on Wednesday evenings for dinner, discussion, and projects based on the interests of our students. Each meeting includes:

  • Informal Dinner: Dine and catch up with friends, clergy, and the JLL team.
  • Electives: Designed to provide a relaxed environment centered around the interests of our participants, i.e. cooking, learning about Jews in the News, planning an action project.
  • Hot Topics: Each week our clergy and staff select a topic to discuss as a large or small group. It’s a moment to gather and reflect.

If your child has completed 7th Grade at WRT, we are happy to offer our 8th grade Mercaz (Center) initiative free for our members.

Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm

Civil Rights Trip

This 8th grade trip takes students and their parents to Atlanta to visit important historical sites in the fight for African American civil rights. By the end of the trip, we will have a deeper understanding of why Jews—as a people who have known oppression—must care and act when others are oppressed. Learn more.

JLL Study Nights

Before the end of each quarter, JLL 8th graders can join their friends for study sessions at WRT! We will have snacks, social and quiet rooms, as well as clergy and JLL team members to be your sounding board.


Do you have a special memory of a teenager who made you feel welcome and connected you to Judaism?

This is your chance to be that person for someone else. Our wonderful Madrichim (student leaders) program offers multiple points of entry, from weekly teaching opportunities to monthly mentoring, and dreaming up new ways to share your talents with others. If you have a few hours to share, you could make a difference in our K-6 learners’ lives and the wider WRT community, while building your own leadership skills.  Find full details here and contact Ivy Schwartz at Ivy.Schwartz@wrtemple.org.


Hudson Valley Region BBYO provides exciting opportunities for Jewish teens to connect with one another, make a difference, celebrate their Jewish heritage, and travel the world together. Teens gather every other week to take part in teen-created and teen-led programming.