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New Teen Engagement & Education Program Set to Launch

06/20/2017 03:44:25 PM


We are excited to launch a new engagement and educational program next year open to all of our 8th to 12th graders.  As the Department of Youth and Family Engagement, we believe that formal education is one way to be engaged, though it is not the only way.  We also believe that we need to connect teens to Judaism in a way that is authentic to each of them as individuals and as whole people.

With this in mind, we are happy to present an options-based model to our teen population, creating a menu of options for Jewish learning and engagement for ALL of our Beth El teens, including niche-specific opportunities and social engagement as well.  In this way, we will be able to address the varied interests and schedules of our teens in a way that allows us to reach each of them personally.

We will have four- and eight-session educational opportunities that will occur once per week throughout different parts of the year.  There will be a variety of topics that teens will have a chance to look at through a Jewish lens, such as poverty in New York, Israel, Holocaust education, Hebrew of varying levels, pedagogy, and more.  Additionally, there will be Shabbat and social programming multiple times throughout the month in order to engage our teen community in a more holistic way. Teens are urged to sign up for what works for them based on their interests and schedules, and Bekkah will continue to meet with teens individually in order to build relationships and help them navigate these opportunities.  Our department can also connect teens with outside Jewish engagement and education opportunities through JTeen Leadership, USY, Gratz College, Mosaic, BBYO and more.

Stay tuned for more details about the learning and engagement opportunities for teens through the Department of Youth and Family Engagement!

- Bekkah Gold

Questions? Contact Bekkah Gold: rgold@bethelnr.org914-235-2700, ext. 221.

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