Education & Youth

Teen Program at CBS 5781

8th -12th Grade Program 5781 (2020-2021 Academic Year):

2020-2021 Calendar Coming Soon

Congregation Beth Shalom aims to engage teens and keep them involved in Jewish life through a wide variety of social opportunities, Shabbat and Holiday experiences, formal and informal learning opportunities, and opportunities to work or volunteer with our youth.  We strive to meet the needs of different teens in our community by offering experiences that cater towards all different interests, skills, and learning styles.

We are thrilled to offer the following opportunities. All of the opportunities are available for CBS members and nonmembers.  If you have any questions or comments about our teen program, please get in touch with Rachel Wachtel, CBS Education and Youth Director

Register for the teen programs of your choice

Registration for the 20/21 – 5781 year will be through Shulcloud. Please click here to log in.
Then go to “My Account,” click the “My Enrollments” tile, and enroll for the 20/21 Teen Program.
Click here for a detailed walkthrough of the registration process. If you have trouble registering, please call the CBS office for help.

Our teen program strives to be open and welcoming to all. If you would like to request financial assistance with teen program tuition, please contact Carol Benedick, Executive Director, at (206) 524-0075 ext 2502 BEFORE filling out the registration form.

Shabbat and Holidays
Youth Minyan: Post B’nai Mitzvah teens participate in this no adults allowed service that is led by teens, gives them the opportunity to practice their synagogue skills, pray with their peers, and socialize over a delicious meal. Youth Minyan meets 6-8 times per year. No sign up required, just mark your calendar for the 2020-2021 dates: 9/12, 10/24, 11/21, 12/5, 1/23, 2/27, 4/24 (Shabbaton), 5/22 (Graduation Shabbat)

Teen Holiday Experiences: Approximately 4 times each year teens will be invited to participate in a Jewish Holiday experience along with one of the Rabbis or Educators at Congregation Beth Shalom. Some examples may include: a Hannukah Party, dinner in the sukkah, Havdallah on the beach, and more.

Community Involvement

Ozerim Program: 8th-12th graders work in our preK-5th grade religious school as special needs aides, teaching assistants, Hebrew tutors, and more.  To read all about the program and the opportunities available for the upcoming school year, read details about the program here. The application is now available here!

B’nai Mitzvah Tutoring: The best way to learn is to teach. 8th-12th graders are invited to work as B’nai Mitzvah tutors. This provides them with a good source of income and aids them in developing skills of patience, discipline, schedule keeping, and professionalism. Typically tutors work one-on-one with learners, this year we are working to set up an option for teens to tutor as a group and build confidence and skills so that they feel more comfortable tutoring one-on-one in the future.  Teens must complete the tutor training process (it is now part of Tuesday teen learning) before they may begin tutoring.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities: On one Sunday of each month CBS offers a volunteer opportunity just for teens! This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers and give back. Some of the organizations we have worked with in past years include: Mary’s Place, Alley Cat Acres, JFS, Operation Sack Lunch, Sunrise Senior Living, and PAWS.

Learning Opportunities for Teens:

Tuesday Learning: Each Tuesday teens are invited to come to CBS from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The program starts with a delicious dinner just for teens and is followed by 1 hour of class time. A variety of 6 week courses are offered including high level text study, Israeli television shows, and more.

Due to the unpredictable nature of our current situation, classes and dates are subject to change.  Families will be notified of any changes to sessions they have signed up for.

Session A: 9/8-10/27


Option 1: B’nai Mitzvah Tutor Training with Shira Orzech

Option 2: “What does it mean to be Jewish and Political in America?” with Yuval Berenstein

Session B: 11/3-12/15


Option 1: “Contemporary Israeli Culture and How it Meets American Culture” with Jasmine (CBS Shinshinit)

Option 2: “Biblical Stories I never learned in Hebrew or Jewish Day School” with Rabbi Borodin    

Session C: 1/5-2/9


An Introduction to Sephardic culture and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) with Rabbi Lauren Kurland
Session D: 2/23-4/6“Contemporary Issues and Ancient Jewish Text” with Beth Huppin
Session E: 4/20-5/25


Option 1: “What Makes a Decent Person” with Rabbi Rose

Option 2: “Ethnic, Cultural, and Historical Diversity in Israel with a Focus on the Ethiopian-Jewish Community” with Liel (CBS Shinshinit) 


Mostly Social:

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USY: USY provides our teens with a way to stay in touch with their Jewish friends and have a supportive social group. The USYers elect a board of their peers who are responsible for planning monthly social events throughout the school year.  USY also provides opportunities for teens to participate in summer programs, Israel trips, shabbatonim, and more.

Teen Program Pricing 2020-2021

We have created the teen program with a flexible structure. You may register and pay for individual opportunities if you wish. You may also choose to register for the Teen Program Bundle, which includes all Tuesday Evening Learning, USY, and Sunday volunteering at a discounted price.

Teen Program Bundle$950
All Tuesday Evening Learning$825
Individual Tuesday Learnings$190
Sunday Volunteering$60


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