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

Ritual Lab: Preparing for an Emptier Nest

Tuesdays, April 17 and 24, and May 1 and 8 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Middle Room

Continuing with our series of Ritual Labsin which we explore and co-create rituals to mark some of life’s most meaningful transitionsour next cohort will delve into the experience of parents whose children are leaving the home and beginning adulthood. Whether it’s your oldest, youngest, intermediate or only child leaving the home, this is a transition with profound impact on family systems. Join Rabbi Michael Boino and Cantor David Mintz for an opportunity to explore the wisdom of our tradition, broaden our understanding of Jewish ritual, and together, co-create a new ritual to mark this transition.

In this type of setting, creating a safe space and building a committed cohort is crucial. For these reasons, the Ritual Lab will not be drop-in. If this experience sounds right for you, we invite you to contact Kristen to become a part of this exciting cohort!

Teen Shabbat

Saturday, April 21 | 9:30AM | BJ Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to take part in this special annual tradition as we give our rabbis a break and the BJ teens lead us in a Shabbat morning service from beginning to end! The teens have been working hard to prepare a very special Shabbat morning service\ complete with torah, tefillot, and divrei torah. We can’t wait to see the sanctuary full of friendly faces and that unique BJ Shabbat spirit!

Teens: if you are not yet signed up to participate and would like to, email Michelle.