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Teen Programming

There is more than one way to be Jewish, and we encourage you to get involved in whatever way fits your busy life. We have a diverse range of programs, classes and activities for middle school and high school students, some of which are led by students and some of which are for teens to kick back and enjoy.

Vision
Youth Groups
Israel Experiences

Vision: For our teens, Congregation Beth Am is:

A SanctuaryWe strive to make Beth Am a place where all feel physically and emotionally safe, welcome and included and where our teens can find rest, renewal, fun and joy.

A Place to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships – Building relationships is a fundamental goal of teen engagement. We help teens foster friendships with each other, as well as providing opportunities for mentorship and connections with Beth Am staff and other adults in the congregation.

A Place Where Teens Have a Voice – At Beth Am, teens have a meaningful voice and presence. They participate in the life of the congregation through teen-specific programs and community engagement. Teens play a key role in creating teen programming.

A Place Where Teens Develop Their Jewish Identities – Through Jewish learning and living, we help teens explore what it means to be a Reform Jew, both now and in their adult lives.

Youth Groups: Beth Am Youth Groups offer exciting programs to engage our older youth and teens. A small fee is charged for youth group membership. For scholarship assistance, including youth group membership, retreats, Jewish summer camp and Israel programs, please contact Molly, Youth Advisor.

BAJY (Beth Am Junior Youth) provides 6th-8th graders the opportunity to plan and lead fun, educational Jewish experiences for each other. The BAJY Leadership Council is composed of students who brainstorm ideas for events and then host the events. We meet once a month, and new council members are welcome. Previous events have included rock climbing, cupcake wars, limos and latkes, and trampolining. Contact: Molly, Youth Advisor

BATY (Beth Am Temple Youth) 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, adverturousness 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: Molly, Youth Advisor.

Israel Experiences: One of our teens came back from Israel last summer and said, "I fell in love with my homeland and with Judaism for the first time." We cannot simulate it; there is no replacing experiencing Israel yourself. By traveling to Israel with their peers, teens open their minds and hearts to the experience in a way they can't on a family trip. We hope that all Beth Am teens will be able to go to Israel, ideally the summer after Confirmation on NFTY in Israel.

Summer Opportunities:
NFTY in Israelyes a Beth Am recommended Israel experience
BBYO in Israel
JNF Roots Israel Service Learning Adventure

School Year Opportunities:
URJ Heller High School — yes a Beth Am recommended Israel experience (includes a trip to Eastern Europe)
March of the Living (Poland & Israel)
Shalhevet (Poland & Israel)
Diller Teen Fellows (Israel trip may be in summer, but the program is a school year commitment)
Alexander Muss High School in Israel

18 & Older
Taglit-Birthright Israel — also available for young adults who have already participated on teen trips to Israel

Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780