Community, Caring, & Belonging
Learning, Growth, & Families
Social Justice & Activism
Teens from different schools across the city come together through their interest in leadership, service learning, and Jewish values.
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.
All-New BJ Teens Bundle
The new BJ Teens Bundle is a one-time annual fee for all the pieces of the BJ Teens program, including Moving Traditions, cohort-based learning, Hitoreri dinners, special swag, and our annual Teen Retreat, to be held in May 2021.
What if you don’t want to participate in everything, only a few of the offerings?
- Events will still be offered individually, but pricing won’t be discounted
- Participants engaging in the Teen Program Bundle will have the first opportunity to register for included, and additional, programs.
Programs that will remain free for BJ Members:
- Sunday virtual/in-person teen hangouts
- Hitoreri services
- All student-led services
- Volunteer opportunities run by the BJ Teen Executive Board
- Teen holiday programs
Future programs: We understand that this year’s program will look drastically different. We hope to add our immersive experiences back to the BJ Teen Program for the 2021–2022 school year. When we resume programs in person, pricing will change to include food and trips.
Our teen community is grounded in participation, immersion, volunteering, and activism. Join us on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30PM for teen programming, topics chosen by the Teen Executive Board. In addition, Moving Traditions offers groups for teens to explore gender, sexuality, mental health, and relationships.
Want more information about getting involved in teen programming? Email Laura Schultze, Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement.
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.
Throughout the year, 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.
Ozrim (helpers) serve as classroom aides at Kadima@BJ and as service leader 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.
Interested in being an Ozer? Email Laura.