Teen Program

Image from the February, 2011 BJ Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic. Photo: Emily Walsh

BJ teens from different schools across the city come together through their interest in leadership, community service, and Jewish values. In addition to the variety of existing programs we offer we encourage teens to initiate their own ideas. 

Our youth leaders are great role models committed to strengthening teens’ interest in Judaism and social action/social justice. Our programs stimulate and challenge our teens, providing pathways to live consciously and to be involved with the Jewish community and the greater world.

Join us on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30PM for teen programming, including Knights of Service, Moving Traditions, and courses on topics chosen by the Teen Executive Board.

 

Hitoreri

Hitoreri, our monthly teen only Kabbalat Shabbat & dinner, is a BJ teen tradition. Teens participate in a mindfulness-style Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by one of the BJ rabbis, where we leave behind the hectic energy of the school week and transition into the peacefulness of Shabbat. This is followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner and plenty of down time for the teens to catch up and hang out.

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Ozrim

Ozrim (Hebrew for helpers) serve as classroom aides at Kadima@BJ and as services leader’s aides at weekly Shabbat Family services. This hands-on experience working with students in an educational setting is a great way to give back to your BJ community. Community service hours are awarded to participating Ozrim, and returning Ozrim can elect to be paid. Ozrim form important relationships with their students, and are invaluable to our community. 

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Moving Traditions

Moving Traditions: Rosh Hodesh and Shevet

Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

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(K)Nights of Service

Throughout the year, BJ teens take part in a number of service opportunities chosen by the Teen Executive Board. Previous days of service have included work with Met Council, Riverside Park Conservancy, Midnight Run, Habitat for Humanity, and more.

Please contact Laura for more information.

 

Youth Engagement at BJ

BJ offers age-appropriate experiential programming for kids of all ages. Through fun and informal activities, BJ youth socialize, partake in social action, and strengthen ties to our synagogue and their Jewish community. All BJ youth are welcome to attend all activities. 

More information coming soon.

 

Gesher—College Engagement

Through Gesher, our college engagement program, BJ teens’ connection to BJ stays strong. Our youth leaders are committed to ensuring that teens’ connection to BJ remains, while also helping to facilitate their connection to Jewish life on their college campuses. 

Click here for more information and to sign up.

 

Upcoming Teen Events

Midnight Run Drive

Various Dates | During Community House Open Hours | Community House 2nd Floor

Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless on the streets of New York City.

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Teen Social—Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway

Sunday, November 17 | 12:30PM | Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street (Meet in the Middle Room)

BJ teens, join us for an outing to see the Broadway show Ain’t Too Proud. We will meet at BJ at 12:30PM for lunch and a pre-play program.

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Moving Traditions

Wednesday, November 20 | 6:00-7:30PM | Community House 4th Floor

Rosh Hodesh (Sisterhood) and Shevet (Brotherhood), are small, single-gender, single-grade groups, led by Moving Traditions-trained adult mentors. Find your own Jewish community in a safe, relaxed space filled with activities, discussion, exploration, and fun. Our research-based and field-tested curriculum applies Jewish wisdom and values to teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

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Hitoreri

Friday, December 6 | 6:15-9:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel & Middle Room

Hitoreri, our monthly, teen-only Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner, is a BJ teen tradition. Teens participate in a mindfulness-style Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by one of the BJ rabbis, where we leave behind the hectic energy of the school week and transition into the peacefulness of Shabbat. This is followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner and plenty of downtime for teens to catch up and hang out. Hitoreri is open to teens in grades 8-12. 

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Spiritual Self-care Wednesdays

Wednesday, December 11 | 6:00-7:30PM | Sanders-Gardner Teen Lounge

Dive into mental health, Mussar, and mindfulness to explore how you handle your everyday stress and worries. Join BJ spiritual leaders, including Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Cantor David Mintz, and Rabbi Shuli Passow, for a time to decompress with your community. This series is only open to 10th-12th graders. 

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Teen Giving Circle

Wednesday, January 8 | 6:00-7:30PM | Community House Room 408

A giving circle is formed when people come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy. Join Laura, Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement , for a chance to give back toward the issues you truly care about. Through exploration, deliberation and celebration of values, you have the power to give real money to programs and organizations that are helping the world. All money donated to this cause will be matched by BJ. This program is open to 8th and 9th graders only. 

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Teen Domestic Trip: Immigration in America

Thursday, January 16-Monday, January 20 | Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ

For 8th and 9th Graders in the BJ Community
It’s all over the news today: refugees and immigration. There are people struggling, and we are all eager to help—but how can we? Is there anything we can do?

In the past, on the years we haven’t gone on a Civil Rights Journey, we have taken 8th and 9th graders to New Orleans to talk about natural disasters and learn about food deserts, but this January, we will be digging deeper into the topics of immigration and refugees by traveling to Arizona and exploring Phoenix, Tucson, and visiting Nogales.

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