For a less formal Jewish educational experience TBK has Youth Groups for students in Grades Four through Twelve. Youth professionals and Rabbis work with our youth in creating an exciting array of programs. TBK has three active youth groups: one for Grades four through six; one for grades seven and eight; and one for high school youth.
If you have any questions about Youth Programs at Temple B'rith Kodesh please feel free to call 244-7060 x227.
Youth Groups at TBK
Youth Group members Ian Faerman, Rachel Faerman, Emma Hammes, Noah Hammes, Jordan Iserson, Mollie Miller, Hannah Rosen, Julia Scott, Eric Shapiro, Eliana Stern, Emma Tabin & Jillian Webster along with Jack Kosoff, Rabbi Levy & Suzie Lyon performed their last mitzvah of 5774 – setting up the High Holy Day machzorim in the sanctuary.
L'Taken for Reform Jewish Teens
L'Taken - Working To Repair Our World
At TBK we pride ourselves on acting upon the Jewish imperative to repair the world, or Tikkun Olam. Over the weekend of March 21, 2014, twelve of our high school students traveled to Washington DC for an intensive Social Justice Seminar for Jewish teens called L'Taken, run by the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center. After learning about a variety of issues from contemporary and Jewish perspectives, our students set out for Capitol Hill to lobby their representatives on issues like poverty, immigration and bullying. We are very proud of our next generation of change makers, and look forward to involving future TBK High School students in L'Taken.
Camp & Israel Scholarships
Application Deadline Friday December 12, 2014
TBK is pleased to offer merit based scholarships for students attending a Jewish camp in the summer of 2015 or for students attending a program in Israel either in the summer of 2015 or during the 2015 - 2016 school year.
Merit-based camp scholarships are for students who will be entering fourth through tenth grade in the 2014 - 2015 school year. All TBK students are encouraged to apply; priority will be given to youth who are new to a Jewish camping experience.
If you have questions, please contact either of the rabbis. For both camp and Israel scholarship applications, contact Heather Chesterton in the Clergy Study at 244-7060 ext. 227 or rabbistudy[at]tbk.org.
Applications are due no later than Friday December 12, 2014.
Reform Jewish Teens Making a Difference
February 27-March 2, 2015
We are thrilled to announce that over the weekend of February 27- March 2, 2015 TBK will again be taking a group of our teens to Washington DC to participate in L'Taken, the Religious Action Center's renowned social justice program for Jewish high school students. Together with other high school students from Reform congregations across the country, we will focus on putting Jewish values into practice in our world. Students will hear from experts both inside and outside the Jewish community who will cover different issue areas in a variety of interactive formats.
If you're in our Confirmation program, or an 11-12th grader, you'll be hearing from us about signing up! We look forward to bringing you to Washington where together, we will make a difference in the world. For more information about L'Taken, contact Rabbi Levy at 244-7060 ext. 227 or rabbilevy[at]tbk.org.
Teen Travel in Israel
Are you a teen interested in traveling to Israel? Temple B’rith Kodesh can help!
NFTY (the North American Federation of Temple Youth) offers a range of summer or semester programs for 9-12th graders planning a trip to Israel. At TBK, we believe experiencing Israel is an essential part of lifelong involvement with Judaism. Believe it or not, it’s not too early to start planning for the travel experience of a lifetime!
Confirmation Class 2015/5775
On Shavuot we celebrated the confirmation of our 10th graders, as they announced to our congregation their intention to live as adults in the Jewish tradition. The confirmation families baked and helped provide luncheon for anyone in the congregation who wished to join the celebration. Mazel Tov to the students and their families.
Confirmation Service was… Confirming!
by Jerry Zakalik
On Sunday May 24, the Temple B’rith Kodesh congregation came together to celebrate Shavuot and the Confirmation of our 10th grade temple youth. To this Past President, the event confirmed the wonderful changes taking place at our spiritual home.
These beautiful teens truly celebrated and included each other in their thoughts and prayers. They spoke from their hearts with meaningful words. The rabbis captured the moment with touching individual comments to each confirmand. Afterwards we joined as a temple family for a delicious and lovely brunch. The atmosphere was warm, joyous and uplifting.
We are taught the significance of each of the Hebrew letters that form a word. I am seeing new meaning in the ‘B’rit ‘ in B’rith Kodesh.
Beytבּ stands for 2; our two wonderful rabbis connecting relationships. Bereshit stands for a new beginning of joy, inclusiveness, and accessibility. The letter beyt בּ is open to the future that is so promising.
The letter resh ר is taking on reform, renewal, renaissance; a refreshing rebirth of the spirit of our congregation.
The tav ת is transformation; together we create the Temple we want for ourselves, our children, and our entire Temple family.
Come to an event, join the rest, and you may make connections you don’t even know you are looking for.
Youth & Family
URJ Youth and College Programs
Our family of programs for ages 8 to 26 include NFTY teen programming, URJ Camps, Israel travel experiences and social justice programming at the Religious Action Center.
It's never too early to start thinking about next summer at Camp or in Israel!
Ready to start planning the best Jewish summer experience for your child? The URJ Camps and Israel Programs are already planning for the summer of 2015! With high-caliber facilities, engaging programming, and a thoughtful and caring staff, we've been a vital part of the lives of tens of thousands of children for nearly six decades. Learn about session dates, program offerings, and request more information at our website.
Youth Groups Are Worth the Fight
Yes, your child has been playing on the same soccer team since the second grade. Yes, school, homework and grades are important. Yes, sports, drama and clubs look good on college applications. So where does youth group or camp fit into this equation?