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After B'nai Mitzvah

Beyond B’nai Mitzvah, we offer a deeper-dive into Judaism for young adult learners. We LOVE these years with our teens!

The 8th and 9th Grade Experience, Ma'ayan (the source): With Sara Losch as their guide, 8th and 9th graders discuss topics that are relevant to them and to the Jewish people. They look at the world through a Jewish lens, tackling issues that matter to teens. And how do we know what matters? We ask them! Students want to come each week. They often need each other, to support each other through life's challenges and to cheer each other on. We meet every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 pm, with dinner from 5:30-6 pm.

10th Grade, Confirmation: At the Bat or Bar mitzvah, students share thoughts about their Torah and Haftarah portions and read their essays about being Jewish. In Confirmation, Rabbi Steiner pushes, prods and lovingly supports her students to expand their minds about Judaism and being part of the Jewish people. The year ends with a moving and deeply personal Confirmation ceremony, on Shavuot. Rabbi Steiner meets with her students every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 pm, with dinner from 5:30-6 pm 

11th and 12th Grade, Post-Confirmation: The Jewish conversation broadens, deepens and continues all the way through high school, with students guided by Rabbi Steiner. Post Confirmation students love their very informal dinner and discussion times, meeting one Monday per month, 5:30-7pm.

BarTY, our teen youth group: With over 50 active teens, BarTY is the pride of our community. Our teens are as serious about tikkun olam, the repair of the world, as they are about their social time together. Any Jewish teen can join BarTY - they do not need to be Temple members. For information, contact our BarTY advisor, Billy Bloomberg: wabloomberg@gmail.com

Madrichim, classroom helpers: There is no betterincentive to a younger student than having a teenager as an assistant in the classroom. Our madrichim are in 10th-12th graders who interact with, model for, and help lead our younger children. To be a madrich (male) or madricha (female) leader, the teen must be enrolled in either Confirmation or Post Confirmation.

Day Camp counselors: Thank goodness for youthful energy! Our summer preschool day camp is an active place, with children ages 1.5 to 5 years old in and out of water play, going into the garden and the forest, and running around freely (with LOTS of supervision). Our teenagers are a big part of the success of our Day Camp. For information on becoming a camp counselor (we have very limited space), contact Alice Berdy, School Administrator, at schooloffice@barnerttemple.org.

 

 

 

Fri, August 17 2018 6 Elul 5778