FREE DOWNLOAD! This mini-unit, developed by the Educational Directors Network of Cleveland in partnership with the JECC, holds a mirror up to our preteens, helping them reflect on the choices that they wish to be making as young adults and as young Jews. It has been designed with classroom learning (three lessons minimally, six maximally) and a retreat which is scheduled after the third session. For some students the retreat is the unit's end, and for others, it is penultimate. The Enduring Understanding for "Count Me In" is from the text found in Ecclesiastes Rabbah - "Every person has three names: one his or her father and mother give, one others call him or her, and one s/he earns for him or herself." The learning builds to the affirmation, "count me in" (hineini in Hebrew!) ... I will be counted as a Jew and as a mensch.
For Middle School students.