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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.

Youth Groups
Teen Nights
Israel Experiences

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.

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 Chelsea Mandell, Teen Education Program Director.

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: Chelsea Mandell, Teen Education Program Director

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: Chelsea Mandell, Teen Education Program Director

Teen Nights
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. Check out what's being offered during Session 5, Spring 2021.

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

Sat, May 15 2021 4 Sivan 5781