Youth Programs

Talmud Torah

We offer Talmud Torah classes (for Hebrew language, Jewish rituals, values, and tradition) for kids from K-7th grade.  See the main Talmud Torah page for more info.  

Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing

This multi-year, monthly celebration based on the ancient Jewish tradition of honoring the new moon fosters girls’ self-esteem, leadership skills & Jewish identity. The program was designed by Moving Traditions.  You can learn about it here, but in short, it’s a safe (uniquely Jewish) environment for girls to articulate questions & concerns, be real with their peers, and have fun!

For 2016-17 we will have two active groups, a 6th/7th grade group led by Sharma Rapoport and an 8th-10th grade group led by Gretchen Lieberman.  Contact Talmud Torah AT tbieugene DOT org for more information.

Our dates for 2016-17 are:

  • Taste of Rosh Hodesh, opening event: September 18th
  • October 30th (Heshvan)
  • December 4th (Kislev)
  • January 8th (Tevet)
  • January 29th (Shevat)
  • February 26th (Adar)
  • April 2nd (Nisan)
  • April 23rd (Iyyar)
  • May 21st (Sivan)

Both groups will meet from 6-8:15 in the evening.  Sharma’s group will meet at TBI.  Gretchen’s group may meet off-site (TBD).

Here’s a short video about Rosh Hodesh.  

Teen Leadership Program

Please register for the year (or for the first meeting) at the bottom of this page.  

We are thrilled to launch a new teen program at TBI this year. Rabbi Jacob Siegel will be meeting twice a month with teens for Jewish learning and leadership development. Together with Jacob, the teens will get to decide which values or current events topics they would like to explore through the lens of Jewish text and tradition. Examples include: Israel, gender roles, money, racial issues, the environment, etc. They will also be invited to participate in training for roles as madrichim (or life leaders in general) by learning about conflict resolution, teamwork, the character building tradition of Mussar in Judaism, and other useful skills for working with people.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: The teens will meet from 12:30-2:00 on the following Sundays throughout the year. Meetings will include a light lunch:

  • September 11 and 25
  • October 9 and 23
  • November 6 and 20
  • December 11
  • January 8 and 22
  • February 12 and 26
  • March 5 and 19
  • April 9 and 23
  • May 7 and 21
  • June 4

INCENTIVES: While we are confident that the program itself and the opportunity for teen community at TBI will be enticing enough to our youth, we also want to offer them an additional incentive. Teens who regularly participate in the leadership training portion of the program all year long will be paid at an increased rate if they work as madrichim for Talmud Torah the following year.  

LAUNCH: Rabbi Jacob invites parents to meet with him on September 11th from 11-12 to learn more about the program. The teens will meet with him for the first time from 12:30-2. There will be lunch for everyone (parents and teens) in between the two sessions at noon.

FUNDING & COSTS: Thanks to the generous donations of a few supporters who recognize the importance of quality teen program we have raised a significant portion of the funds necessary to make this program free for our teens.  However, we are still looking for a few more donors. If you feel strongly about the need for a good youth program, please consider making a donation.  You can donate online or submit a check to TBI with “teen program” in the memo line.

REGISTRATION: In order to effectively prepare for the event on September 11th, please express your intention to come on September 11th and/or your teen’s intention to participate in the year-long program as soon as possible. You can do so here (make sure to fill out the full form, scrolling to the bottom and click submit):