Education & Youth

Teen Program at CBS 5780

8th -12th Grade Program 5780 (2019-2020 Academic Year):

2019-2020 teen calendar

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 will be through Chaverweb. Please click here to log on.

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 remaining 2019-2020 dates: 9/14, 10/26, 11/16, 1/11, 2/22, 3/28, and 5/16 (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 deadline for the ozerim program has passed. If you are interested in joining the program or working as a sub, please let Rachel know.

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 the 2nd 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.

Session A: 9/10-11/5


Option 1: B’nai Mitzvah Tutor Training with Shira Orzech
Are you interested in becoming a b’nai mitzvah tutor? This tutor training course is the first step of the process! We will discuss differentiated learning and explore tutoring strategies while reviewing our service leading skills and deepening our understanding of Torah and Haftarah trope. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from current peer tutors and ask questions about the tutoring process. We will also study the hilchot shaliach tzibur (laws pertaining to prayer leaders) and consider what it means to be role models for our b’nai mitzvah students.Option 2: Israeli TV Shows with Mor Amram (CBS Shinshinit)We will watch together selected TV shows from Israel.  Find out what is the massage of each program, what each show represents in the Israeli society, how the TV affects Israel.  Moreover we will talk a little bit about the Israeli slang, that developed sometimes from things that were said in certain TV shows in Israel.
Session B: 11/12-12/17


Contemporary Issues and Ancient Texts with Beth Huppin
Examine Jewish texts that can help guide us in discussing and understanding the complexities of contemporary issues.  Bring your questions!sues.
Session C: 1/7-2/11


Bibliodrama with Rabbi Lauren Kurland
Have you ever read a passage of Torah and wondered what was *really* going on behind the words on the page? How did Abraham feel when he and Isaac walked up the mountain? What was Sarah thinking when she demanded that Hagar be sent away? In this class, we will use the techniques of bibliodrama, pioneered by Peter Pitzele, to do a close reading of selected texts and imagine what the characters were feeling, wondering, and hoping. No acting experience required, just the desire to get inside the text and see it from a different perspective. Note that this is not an improv class but rather a way of doing midrash (biblical interpretation) and it is expected all participants will treat the text and the process with kavod (respect).
Session D: 2/25-3/31*Now War, Peace, and Ethics with Abaye Singer (CBS Shinshin)

Learn about how Jewish values and ethics take part in wars that the Jews fought throughout history.

Session E: 4/7-5/19


Option 1: What Makes a Decent Person with Rabbi Rose

The rabbis imagine that the basic minimum of human decency is to adhere to the seven Noahide laws, given by God after the flood. But they disagree on what those seven laws actually are, and only a few of them are made explicit in the Noah story in the Torah! Together, we will dive into rabbinic texts exploring these laws and question their perspective. What motivates the rabbis to include or exclude traits from this list? What would we include on our own list of basic human ethics?

Option 2:Jewish Apocalypse Survival Guide with Adam Rozen-Wheeler

By examining Jewish holy texts, this class will help us learn what, according to the Torah, will happen in the future. We will also discuss how to prepare for future events and see how ancient prophecies can still be relevant in ou


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 2019-2020

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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