Teen Program

Image from the February, 2011 BJ Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic. Photo: Emily WalshBJ teens from all over the city and different schools come together through their interest in leadership, community service, and Jewish values. There are a variety of activities to meet the interests of most teens, and they are welcome to initiate their own ideas. Dozens of teens make lifelong friends here.

Our youth leaders are great role models who really relate to teens. They are committed to strengthening teens’ interest in Judaism and Social Action/Social Justice, but they are also fun to be with. Our successful programs  stimulate and challenge our teens, provide pathways to live consciously and to be involved with the Jewish community and the greater world.

 

Upcoming Teen Events

Fall Teen Retreat

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ

Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for a meaningful Shabbat away from the city. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends old and new while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Participate in team-building and leadership development, along with plenty of other activities, including a low ropes course and cookout by the bonfire! Teens will not have to worry about missing school; we will leave after school lets out on Friday.

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Fall Teen Retreat 2018

The BJ teens at the Community Garden in Gedera, Israel. Photo: Alex Chemodanov

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Rd, West Milford, NJ

Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for this relaxing and meaningful getaway. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends—old and new—while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Teens will engage in Shabbat in an intentional and joyful way through team-building, leadership development, and plenty of fun activities, including a ropes course! Transportation will be provided. All meals are included.

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Moving Traditions 2018-2019

Sundays (Monthly*), September 30, 2018-April 28, 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location TBD

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 supporting teens in the issues they care about most, such as relationships, gender roles, healthy sexuality, social media, pressure, and stress.

Dates: September 30, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, April 7, April 28

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7th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

Friday, February 8-Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

This 7th grade trip focuses on our Jewish past, present, and future. Through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, intensive reflection, a Shabbat experience, the Newseum, and more, we will explore what it means to live a full Jewish life in light of our modern history and current events. This formative trip also serves as a community-building experience for our B’nai Mitzvah class.

If you are enrolled in Kadima@BJ, please select the prepaid option when registering. All 7th graders are invited to join us for this experience—the cost for those who have not prepaid is $450.

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Apply to Become an Ozer(et)

Accepting Applications: July 12-September 15

Applications to work as an ozer or ozeret (assistant teacher) in Kadima@BJ and/or for our monthly youth group programming are now open for all members in 8th-12th grade! Ozrim will assist Kadima@BJ teachers and Youth Group staff by supporting them, engaging with students, enhancing the classroom atmosphere at Kadima@BJ and the event atmosphere at youth group programs!

Kadima@BJ begins on Tuesday, October 9 or Thursday, October 11.

There will be a mandatory Ozrim orientation session on Sunday, September 16, from 10:00AM-5:00PM at Camp Ramah Nyack. Meals will be provided.

 

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