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Teen Learning Community - Know. Belong. Do.

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Join us for our another year of exciting and innovative teen programming!

At TLC, teens in 8th-12th grade explore their rich Jewish heritage and challenging modern lives through a variety of learning and community building programs. We offer teens flexible scheduling and ownership of their own education, ways to KNOW, BELONG, and DO.

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KNOW: Bet Torah values life-long learning, and provides opportunities for many different types of learning to engage our young adults.

BELONG: Bet Torah is first and foremost a kehilah, a community. Teens have many opportunities to bond with their peers creating youth community through trips and other social activities, to impact the wider intergenerational synagogue community on Shabbat, holidays, and year-round, and to create meaningful relationships with other Jewish teens.

DO: Bet Torah teens improve our community and our world through action and direct service. From helping a child with special needs to serving a warm meal to a person in need, our teens serve as as role models to us all by showing their commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the broken world.

 

KNOW

Bet Torah values life-long learning, and provides opportunities for many different types of learning to engage our young adults.

Spirit and Spirituality: An Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion with Bet Torah Alumnae Helaine Knapp and Sara Weinreb

Sunday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The entrepreneurs who founded ethically-made clothing shop, IMBY, and boutique fitness studio CITYROW, grew up as teens at Bet Torah. This panel discussion will cover these ventures, starting your own company, and where Jewish and business ethics intersect.

Mini-Courses

Sunday morning or weekday evening, bagel meal included, $60 per three-session course

Mini-courses feature choice in subject with dynamic educators on topics, such as politics with Rabbi Brusso, cooking, and photography. This learning is at a level stimulating to young adult minds and creative thinkers.

Photo-Journalistic Inquiry: Delve Deep Into Being a Jewish Teen, with Robin Wald

Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

Farm to Table Food Justice, Featuring Challah Making From Seed to Dough with Eden Village 

Sundays, November 5, 12, 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Identity Politics in America Today: Where Do We As Jews Fit In? with Rabbi Brusso with and Loen Amer

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

My Brother from Another Mother: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, with Robin Wald

Sundays, January 7, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Nosh and Drash

Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m., weekly, starting Tuesday, September 12, $450 for the full year.

Open to teens in 8th-12th grade, Nosh and Drash is a safe space for open, judgement-free dialogue to discuss current events and the world. Dinner is included. 

Drash with the Rabbi: Next Steps

Tuesday, 6:15-7:45 p.m., monthly at Rabbi Brusso’s home, starting Tuesday, September 12, $180 for the full year.

In preparation for the transition from home to college life and beyond, 11th and 12th graders discuss the intersection of their lives and Judaism with Rabbi Brusso. Dinner is included. Participants are also invited to attend Nosh and Drash weekly.  

 

BELONG

Teens have opportunities to build a peer community, and to as well as make an impact on the wider synagogue community.

Moving Traditions - Jewish peer relationship building programs

Sunday evening, monthly, in family’s homes. First gathering on Sunday, September 17, $180 for full year ($250 for non-congregants).

It’s not easy being a teenager. Even outside of school, the pressure is on, and issues like self-esteem, body image, competition, and relationships add to the noise. This is why real friendships and trusted mentors are important, and the values and support of Jewish community can be a positive guiding force. And this is why Bet Torah offers Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, powered by Moving Traditions.

Once a month, in small peer groups with trained adult mentors, teens bond and have open conversations in a safe space. Groups have a positive and lasting impact on teens, empowering them to become strong, confident, and happy young adults.

Shevet Achim

We offer our young men the opportunity to explore conflicting cultural messages with the support of an adult Jewish male mentor, free from the pressures of co-educational space. Teens hang out and tackle topics, such as peer pressure, masculinity, relationships, and Jewish identity.

Rosh Hodesh

We offer our young women the opportunity in a safe, Jewish place to ask questions and voice their concerns about things that matter most in their lives: body image, friendship, competition, stress, and family.

Trans, Nonbinary, Gender Fluid and Gender Questioning National Online Group

For the first time this year, Moving Traditions is offering a national online group for trans, nonbinary, gender fluid and gender questioning Jewish teens in partnership with Keshet. This monthly online group will focus on topics relevant to today’s teens through a Jewish lens, offering a safe space where these teens can find support from peers and a place for themselves, within Judaism.

Better Together

Programs monthly, starting with kickoff luncheon open to all interested participants on Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m

This program encourages meaningful relationships between teens and older adults in our congregation. Teens and seniors are paired together and interact during monthly visits in the home or programs at Bet Torah. The Better Together Program is generously supported by a prominent national foundation.

Shabbat and Holiday Events

Sukkot Spectacular

Tuesday, October 10, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Youth Shabbat

Friday, December 8 - Saturday, December 9

USY and Kadima (Youth Group)

Teens benefit from peer-led social time with other Jewish teens, enjoying baseball games, trips to NYC, ice skating, or fun evening lounge nights at Bet Torah. Click here for fees.

Kickoff Event: Baseball Game

Thursday, August 31, 6:15 - 11:30 p.m. 

 

DO

Bet Torah teens improve our community and our world through leadership, action, and direct service, showing a commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the broken world).

Habitat for Humanity with J-Teen Leadership

Sunday, September 10, $18 fee

Midnight Run

Thursday, November 9

Dinner Prep for the Emergency Shelter Partnership

Tuesday, January 9

Teen Leadership Council

As part of Bet Torah's commitment to a peer-led youth program, the council brings together representatives of all TLC programs to continue to build on our existing strong programming by exploring the ways we other ways to engage our youth.

Madrichim (Teacher Assistants)

Sunday mornings and weekdays, first workshop on Sunday, September 24

Madrichim in 8th-12th grade serve as role models, working with teachers to create a positive environment throughout the Religious School. Regular training and skill-development workshops led by Robin Wald are a key part of this program.

 

CONTACT US

Gina Fass, Director of Education for the Religious School  
[email protected]     
914-666-7595 x102

Loen Amer, Director of Youth Engagement
[email protected]
914-666-7595  x139

New Recordings to Practice With!

Listen to Cantor Randy chant parts of our services! Whether you're preparing for a B'nei Mitzvah, chanting Torah, or need a refresher on service prayers, listen here!