Kesher Limud (8th -12th grade)
Kesher ("connection") is a coordinated effort to increase Jewish experiences for our post B'nai Mitzvah teens by incorporating Torah (learning), Avodah (worship) and Gemilut Chasidim (community service) into CBI teen programming. We aim to create a connection between educational, social, and philanthropic opportunities for our teens and further increase their connection to their Judaism and our temple community.
Kesher Limud takes place one Sunday per month from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Teens will explore how Judaism is similar to and different from other religions and why members of other faiths believe what they believe. Our sessions will include guest speakers, text study and visits to local houses of worship.
Shul-ins take place three times during the year and are open to all teens enrolled in any teen program. For those not enrolled, there is a fee (see registration form for details). Teens will participate in engaging programs while spending time with Jewish friends enjoying food and fun!
Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing
The participants in our "girls only" groups engage in creative ritual, games, arts & crafts, and drama to explore issues such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress and become comfortable with themselves and their Jewish identity. Leslie Oberst, a long-time B'nai Israel teacher and mother of three, leads our group.
We offer a group for 6th grade girls and a group for 7th grade girls and older. Both groups meet one Sunday a month, following religious school.
Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood (7th-9th grade)
This program for boys strengthens their connection to Judaism through a male lens. They meet one Sunday afternoon a month, and take part in interactive, physical activities that help them gain clarity about themselves and their Jewish identity, instilling a foundation of belonging to the Jewish community that will last a lifetime.
Madrichim: Leaders, Guides and Role Models (8th-12th grade)
One of the ways that our post-B'nai Mitzvah teens can demonstrate their commitment to Judaism and to their community is through service. We offer our teens the opportunity to help teachers lead the day-to-day activities of our Religious School and Hebrew school, ensuring they gain valuable leadership and job skill experience in the process. Madrichim can earn community service hours or credit toward Jewish camp, Israel trips or NFTY events. Click here to print an application.