TEEN LIFE + PROGRAMS

CHAVURA | Grade 8

  • Students in Grade 8 who wish to be in our Chavura Program will all attend 1st session on Sunday mornings.

  • Those with an interest in music are encouraged to sign up to be Music TAs—all instruments and singers welcome!

  • Those who do not sign up to be Music TAs will have teacher training with Rabbi Ben from 9:15 – 10:15 am, and then from 10:15 – 11:00 am, on alternating Sundays, they will:

    • Work as teaching assistants with younger children in our new D’rachim (“Pathways”) optional arts enrichment program, for students in Grades 4-6; or

    • Work with Rabbi Ben planning special projects for the Religious School or participating in a tzedakah activity.

  • This program will help our Grade 8 classroom assistants to be better equipped as they move on to be full teaching assistants in our Religious School next year.

  • In addition to the above, all Chavura participants will be expected to attend special teen programs, which will be scheduled over the course of the school year.

  • All Chavura participants are eligible for community service credit for the hours they work. In addition, they will receive an honorarium at the end of the school year.

  • Chavura participants are also encouraged to attend our weekly Tikkun Olam teen life program on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, where we enjoy a pizza & pasta dinner, meaningful discussions and fun activities together.

  • We will have an IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL MEETING for all Chavura participants on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm.

TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM | GRADES 9-12

Our Teaching Assistant (TA) program is a valuable experience within our Religious School. These  dedicated teens assist our teachers in the classrooms, and help to facilitate activities including music and singing, Hebrew tutoring, arts & crafts projects, Bible discussions and history lessons. Both our teens and students benefit tremendously from this wonderful opportunity. 

This program is a special part of our Religious School. TAs assist in our Sunday, Monday, and/or Wednesday school sessions, either for salary or community service credit.

Orientation meeting Wednesday September 5, 6:30 pm.

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TIKKUN OLAM PROGRAM (TK)

GRADES 8-12 (Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
Our teens have dinner, discussion, and a chance to make a difference in the world through this weekly program, which combines social action and socializing. Tikkun Olam is Hebrew for “repairing the world,” and in that spirit our groups take part in activities and events for organizations such as the Habitat for Humanity, Midnight Run, The Sharing Community, and Bicycles Against Poverty. We also have an enormous amount of fun at our annual Shul-in (overnight at the synagogue), our Purim Carnival tzedakah booth, and our Tzedakah Day ower and bake sale, as well as participating in larger community events through NFTY. Pizza, discussion and a chance to make a difference in the world. This tuition-free program combines social action and socializing as well as participation in all NFTY events!

NORTH AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEMPLE YOUTH (NFTY)

Through the Union for Reform Judaism, our BESHTY (Beth Shalom Temple Youth) group includes our Tikkun Olam participants and all teens in our congregation. Our teens are welcome to join in NFTY events throughout the year.

CLASSES FOR TEENS

Hebrew Language for Teens with Rachel Gordon-Bernstein, Sundays 1:00 - 1:50 pm

October 14, 21, 28 | November 4, 18 | December 2, 9, 16 | January 6, 13, 27 | February 3, 10 | March 3, 10, 24, 31

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS HIGH HOLIDAYS

Teen Kayak Tashlich on the Hudson, Tuesday, September 11, 1:30 – 4:30 pm  

Simchat Torah Service – welcoming new students to the Religious School.  We will unfurl the Torah and have a brief Yizkor Memorial Service.  Celebratory light refreshments will be served.  Every new student will receive his/her own Torah!  Sunday, September 30, 6:00 pm

Midnight Run opportunities every other month led by Cantor Robin

Run our Teen Tzedakah Table at the TBS Purim Carnival, Sunday, March 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Graduating Seniors Family Shabbat Dinner & Service, Friday, May 10 at 6:15 pm (for participating 12th Graders and their families—Save the Date!)

Sharing Community collection, led by Grades 8-12 – Sunday, May 19

Run the Flower & Bake Sale to support Habitat for Humanity on Tzedakah Day – Sunday, May 19

Add your name and contact info to our Babysitting List, which will be available to young families in the congregation.