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Merit Scholarship

The Beth El High School of Jewish Studies Merit Scholarship Program rewards those students who choose to develop their own base of Jewish knowledge and experience outside the framework of the formal classes offered at the Beth El High School of Jewish Studies. The Merit Scholarship Program is open to all students in grades 9-12 who attend the Beth El High School of Jewish Studies.

Merit Scholarship Application
Applications Due by October 30, 2020

Eadie Tsabari, Director of Congregational Learning
402-492-8550 - Work 
402-612-4834 - Cell
etsabari@bethel-omaha.org

David Finkelstein, School Board Committee Chair
402-708-1656 
djf102370@gmail.com


This incentive program is designed to encourage greater involvement of high school students in their Synagogue and the greater Jewish community. 

Scholarships will be announced at the end of each school year, with payment made upon request for 1) an approved trip to Israel or 2) a Beth El sponsored youth trip or convention high school or 3) upon graduation from public or private high school for continuing education at an accredited institution of higher learning.  The award will be made for completion of all the requirements as follows:

            1st year        $350*
            2nd year       $350*
            3rd year        $400*
            4th year        $500*

*A lesser amount may be awarded if all standards are not met.*

There will be a bonus amount of $400 awarded to anyone completing all 4 years.
Possible total award = $2000

Plus, the Merit Scholarship Program is an outstanding addition to your college applications.


Program Components
Category I:            Consists of 3 required activities
Category II:           A. Activities chosen must total at least 20 hours
                                      B. Choose one activity
Category III:         One project must be selected each year
Chosen activities may not be repeated in consecutive years with the exception of participating in the Bible Quiz.
Category IV:    Meet with Eadie once per semester. (Required)


Category I

1.    Attendance at Synagogue Services
Students must attend at least 15 services at Beth El Synagogue, a minimum of which 10 must be on Shabbat.

Attendance at High Holiday Services
Students must attend both Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur High school discussion groups.  

Attendance at a minimum of 3 other Jewish ritual experiences
Students are required to participate in services in at least 3 other community holiday experiences. For example: Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, Shavuot,

Attendance will be taken by Eadie.

Attendance must be counted as services are accrued.    

The following services qualify for this requirement:
a. Morning Minyan, Mondays & Thursdays at 8:00 am
b. Evening Minyan, Sunday-Thursday at 5:30 pm
c. Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday at 6:00 pm
d. Shabbat Morning at 10:00 am
e. Havdallah Saturday evenings. Please check the website
f.  BESTT Sunday Minyan, Sunday at 10:30 am
g. Holidays at their posted times.

2.    Active membership in USY – Attend 50% of programs.  By May 1, be sure to get certification from the Youth Director to turn in with all requirements.

3.    Attendance at Beth El Synagogue Hebrew High School of Jewish Studies - Attend 70% of classes, including the Yom HaShoah High School program on Wednesday, Apr. 7.


Category II:        
A. Activities chosen must total at least 20 hours
B. Choose one activity

A.  Volunteer work (Complete one or two activities for a total of 20 hours)

Special Projects:
Since we are not going to be in the building for the near future, we will be looking for projects to do outside of the synagogue.  The front office has come up with a few things we can certainly help out with.  Please watch for postings and make sure to volunteer!

Work with BESTT students:
We will be looking for volunteers to work on zoom with our kids in Hebrew.  I will provide you with materials.

Happy Calls: 
It’s hugely important that we stay connected with our BESTT students.  We want to have each of our students paired with a teen as a big brother/big sister.  We will make happy calls to them and just see how they are doing.

Bible Quiz Participants:
Create a quizlett for a section that we will be studying.  
Worth 2 volunteer hours.
 

B.    Participation at Beth El Synagogue (Complete one activity)

1.    Chant Torah 2 times per year

2.    Chat Torah 1 time per year and lead Kiddush 2 times per year


CATEGORY III:
One project must be selected each year.  You cannot do the same project 2 years in a row except for the Bible Quiz.  You must choose a different project each year.

1.    Research paper on Jewish topic of student’s interest (3 typed, double-spaced pages, including at least 3 outside references.)  The work submitted must demonstrate an extended amount of effort, no grammatical errors or typographical errors.

2.    Book report on approved Jewish book (at least 200 pages in length).  The length of the report should be at least two typed pages double-spaced.  (This may not be a previously submitted project for public high school or for Beth El Synagogue High School of Jewish Studies.)  

3.    Prepare and answer a 50-question quiz on one book from Prophets or Writings, citing verse and line.  (The first five Books of Moses are not permitted.)

4.    Prepare and present a D’var Torah for either the adult congregation on Shabbat evening or morning, a USY Shabbat event. (See the guidelines for writing a D’var Torah.)  A D’var Torah presented prior to a regular USY meeting would also qualify.  Rabbi Abraham will act as mentor for a D’var Torah.

5.    Jewish cultural arts project
a.    compose a musical selection
b.    write a poem, short story, essay, etc.
c.    choreograph a dance
d.    draw a painting/picture
e.    create a sculpture
f.    create a video of Jewish interest
g.    other (with advisor’s approval)

6.    Technology submission.  You may develop a computer program of a Jewish nature or one that could be used in the religious school such as a game or quiz. Any project requiring technology for its presentation must be field tested at least one week prior to the presentation to avoid the possibilities of technical failure.

7.    Participate in the B’nai B’rith Bible Quiz and answer 3 questions correctly. Date TBA
2020 Bible quiz will cover: Leviticus chapters 11, 19, 23, 25   Numbers chapters 11-25, 27, 32, 35, 36 and Esther.

All submissions must be turned in electronically and with a hard copy so that the evaluation committee will be able to preview the entries prior to the evaluation meeting.


CATEGORY IV

1.    Meet with Eadie via zoom once/semester.
2.    Complete and submit your project by May 3, 2021.
3.    Complete the following activities:
         3 requirements in Category I
       20 hours from Category IIA
         2 activities from Category IIB
         1 choice from Category III

The BESTT Merit Scholarship Committee reserves the right to change and amend this program as it deems necessary and proper.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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