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.  

Enrichment Days… see here

Camp Chaverim… see here

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 2017-18 we will have two active groups, a 7th/8th grade group led by Sharma Rapoport and an 9th-11th grade group led by Gretchen Lieberman.  Contact us for more information.

Our dates for 2017-18 are:

  • Taste of Rosh Hodesh, opening event: September 18th
  • October 22th (Heshvan)
  • November 19 (Kislev)
  • December 10th for 7th-8th graders, December 17th for 9th-11th (Tevet)
  • January 21st (Shevat)
  • February 11th (Adar)
  • March 11th for 7th-8th graders, March 18th for 9th-11th (Nisan)
  • April 15th (Iyyar)
  • May 13th (Sivan)
  • June 10th (Tamuz)

Both groups will meet from 6-8 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: It’s A Girl Thing 

Teen Leadership Program

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

Our new Teen Leadership Program will be entering  the second year at TBI this fall. Rabbi Jacob Siegel meets with the teens approximately twice a month for Jewish learning and leadership development. Together with  Rabbi 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:

  • Sun, Sept 17th
  • Sun, Oct 1st, 12:30-5:30pm (ropes course)
  • Sun, Oct 15th
  • Sun, Oct 29th
  • Sun, Nov 5th
  • Sun, Nov 19th
  • Sun, Dec 10th
  • Sun, Jan 7th
  • Sun, Jan 21st
  • Sun, Feb 4th
  • Sun, Feb 25th
  • Sun, March 4th
  • Sun, March 18th
  • Sun, April 8th
  • Sun, April 22nd
  • Sun, May 6th
  • Sun, May 13th
  • Sun, Jun 3rd
  • Sun, June 10th

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.  

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 for the first two years. 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. If your teen is able to participate, please consider a contribution of $180-$360 for the year.  This would allow us to potentially use the original donation in perpetuity.

For more opportunities for Jewish teens and young adults outside of TBI, check out this page.