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Teen Programs

The Program

Our community’s 7th-12th graders gather on Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00 PM for dinner, community building activities, and Jewish programming. Our program emphasizes the relationship building and the creation of safe space for our teens to gather, unload, and spend time with familiar faces that care about them. 
Our program covers five main topics throughout the year: 
  • Exploring the Jewish values of tzedakah & chesed (righteous giving & kindness) & sakranut (curiosity)
  • Developing of our teens personal Jewish Identity & understanding of the Jewish world’s diversity 
  • Learning about Israel & Worldwide Jewry
  • Discussing modern antisemitism and the Holocaust
  • Celebrating holidays together and learning the stories they didn’t tell you in religious school
Our amazing program includes cooking a Jewish dish from Ethiopia, competing for the Tzedakah Cup in a Mario Kart tournament, playing dreidel and lighting our menorahs, marking Yom HaShoah, and exploring the ethical dilemma of the trolley problem through The Good Place & the Talmud.

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Club 7/8

Club 7/8 meets every week throughout the school year. Our 7th grade class is taught by Rabbi Alex as he spends time learning with our upcoming BMitzvah students and building meaningful relationships with them. Our 8th graders are taught by a familiar face – Eitan Strauss-Cohn – who tutored them as they prepared for their BMitzvah and helped lead their services. 


BESHTY (Beth Shir Temple Youth, our 9th-12th graders) officially gathers every other Tuesday with its director, Lara Gabrich for meaningful conversation, group bonding, and fun. Our older teens can also partake in the BESHTY board, a group of teen leaders who help plan events and lead programs. On off weeks, our BESHTY teens can join for dinner and hang out in our newly renovated youth lounge. 

Travel in 2023

8th Grade Trip to NYC!

Travel to New York City to explore the city’s rich Jewish heritage with Lori Daitch and Lara Gabrich. Eat your way through the Lower East Side & learn about the Jewish immigrant experience of Eastern European Jewry. Visit the oldest Sephardic & Reform synagogues in New York, 

And while you’re there, visit: Central Park, Times Square, Metropolitan Museum, 911 Memorial and Museum, the Ice Skating Rink in Rockefeller Center, Chinatown, Little Italy, and even see a Broadway show!

 February 16-20, 2023 | Email Lori for details

10th-12th Grade Trip to DC: Lobby and Advocate for Change

Join hundreds of teens from across the country for four days in Washington, DC to network, learn from political experts, and immerse yourself in the issues facing our country today.

After learning about social issues from a Jewish perspective, the seminar concludes by choosing a topic you’re passionate about, crafting a speech, and lobbying your representatitves on Capitol Hill.

January 26-30, 2023 | Email Lori for details