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8th-12th Grade Programs

Teen Nights (8th-12th Grade)
Madrichim (9th-12th Grades)
Beth Am Temple Youth (9th-12th Grades)
Vision for Teen Engagement and Development

8th-12th Grade Teen Nights
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM

Our 8th-12th graders create their own vibrant teen community on Wednesday nights, building relationships and engaging in deep learning opportunities taught by our clergy and educators. This pilot program for the 2020-2021 school year is an element of a new vision for teen education and engagement. Our teen program centers on a major theme for each grade that students focus on throughout the school year, around topics such as identity building and social justice. Learn more about 8th-12th Grade Teen Nights.

Teens also have opportunities to build their leadership skills by serving as madrichim in our youth education programs or serving as peer leaders in our youth group, BATY.

Madrichim (9th-12th Grades): Do you like working with kids? Want to make a little money or need some volunteer hours? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider becoming a Madrich(a). Madrich means "guide" in Hebrew. At Beth Am, we would be lost without our high school madrichim guiding us through all our education programs. The Beth Am Madrichim program empowers teens to find their voice and grow into strong leaders while serving as teacher's assistants in all of Beth Am's Youth Education programs. NEW THIS YEAR: Choose from four exciting tracks from classroom management to supporting students with special needs and more! Learn more and apply here. Contact: Chelsea Mandell, Teen Education Program Director

Beth Am Temple Youth — BATY (9th-12th Grades): BATY is a community for 9th-12th graders, made by high schoolers for high schoolers. It encompasses tikkun olam, the spirit of social action and Judaism; with the purpose of creating a community of love and acceptance while spreading our good intentions to others outside of our community. We will manifest curiosity, adventurousness and enthusiasm through our daily lives. We will stress the importance of how teenagers have the ability to reach out and help change the world. We strive to be accepting toward all others, and always hold an open heart for all friends, new and old, regardless of differences, as we explore opportunities for social justice and equality for all. Contact:
Chelsea Mandell, Teen Education Program Director

Vision for Teen Engagement and Development: Our vision is a teen-centered approach that allows our young people to draw from Jewish wisdom, values, and community to grow into the best versions of themselves. Teens will experience their adolescent years and emerge into adulthood with a stronger sense of self, a greater ownership of their own Jewish and educational experiences, a deeper connection with one another and the larger Jewish community, and a stronger conviction to give back and make the world a better place.

To that end, we are re-imagining our teen experience at Beth Am to ensure that it achieves four essential goals:

  1. Provides rich and relevant Jewish content that both immerses teens in Jewish wisdom and inspires them to look outward.
  2. Empowers teens to be creators and leaders of their own educational experiences.
  3. Connects teens to one another and the adult community at Beth Am, building deep and important relationships with Jewish peers and role models.
  4. Allows for multiple pathways of engagement so teens can pursue their own interests and passions and choose their level of involvement.
Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyar 5781