Midrasha is a supplementary program designed for students in Grades 7-12 to continue their Jewish studies beyond their Bar or Bat Mitzvah in order to meet their unique needs and strengthen their ties to our treasured tradition. Midrasha enables students to develop an understanding of and a commitment to Judaism that grows as they grow. At Talmud Torah, Midrasha students are challenged by intelligent and knowledgeable educators who stimulate students' curiosity to learn and think Jewishly about classical and contemporary issues.
Students in Midrasha attend two evenings per week, Monday and Wednesday from 6:05 – 8:30 pm. They study the Bible, Hebrew, History and choose from a variety of Electives.
Bible Study. The Bible courses are tailored to the various ages and Hebrew levels of the students. Commentaries, analysis of text, different approaches to textual interpretation. Developing students' critical thinking is an important objective in our teachings. Class discussions and active participation are important in students' understanding and appreciation of stories and values, which can speak to their lives today.
Hebrew. We recognize students come to Midrasha with varied levels of Hebrew language background. We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. Students learn four skills: speaking, reading, comprehension and writing. Aspects of Jewish and Israeli culture are also integrated into the curriculum.
Electives. Midrasha offers a wide range of electives on topics of interest to middle and high school students.
College in the Schools.Midrasha participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools (CIS) program. The CIS program allows high school students enrolled in the Midrasha to receive high school and/or college credits for taking CIS Hebrew courses at Talmud Torah of St. Paul. Students must complete the whole year in order to earn credit.