Welcome to  Grades 8 - 12

 

It is our goal at TBA that every teen continues to be involved in Jewish life after Bar/Bat Mitzvah in some way. Our community is a place where teens and their families should feel safe and valued at all times. We believe that being involved in Jewish life is not just another activity in your schedule, but it is a part of your identity.  With this in mind, we have several paths for teens to take in order to continue to develop their Jewish identity and connection with the community.  For some teens, just one of these programs may stand out; for others, there may be several that interest them.  If you find that you or your teen were hoping for another option that is not offered, please do not hesitate to reach out and share your ideas.  We look forward to connecting with you individually about what may be the best fit for involvement.

Heidi Baker

Director of Education

Myriam Rofrano

Assistant Director of Education K - 12

Haderech... The Way

Sundays, 12:30 p.m

Haderech is focused on interest based groups such as Madrichim (teen assistant) training, Rosh Hodesh (girls group), and Shevet (boys group). These groups meet periodically through the year approximately 5-7 times. 

Midrasha... Interpret

Mondays 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Midrasha is a weekly program on Monday evenings that is intended to frame the start of the week in a stress free atmosphere that encourages community building and personal growth.  We understand that students cannot attend every week for the entire time and are flexible with the schedule and the attendance. Midrasha focuses on personal identity, current events, and ethical dilemmas through a Jewish lens. Classes are generally discussion style with student input into topics and modes of learning in the class. 

Kehillah... Community

Days and Times Vary

In a typical year, our teens have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Kehillah programs that focus on informal connections and deepening Jewish identity and community. Programs are facilitated by full-time staff and clergy of TBA. These programs may be grade level or mixed grade and students can sign up for each individually. Activities include: 

  • Grade 8 Trip to Washington DC  

  • Grade 9 Trip to NYC  

  • Grade 10 Trip to Israel 

  • Grades 11 & 12 Trip 

  • BAYGL events: TBA's teen youth group includes social events, social action programs, and cultural activities planned by a teen board. 

  • NFTY-Northeast regional youth group: Events with other teens across the northeast that include social programs, social action projects, educational activities, leadership development, and community building.  

  • MidraSHIR teen choir: Opportunity to sing at Newbridge, lead the Teen Shabbat, and sing at the Bamel Music Shabbat    

Temple Beth Avodah, a member of the reform movement, is led by Rabbi Keith Stern.  Learn more about our soulful services, including Jazz Shabbat, Early Learning Center's Jewish preschool, truly unique Religious School experience, vibrant Men's and Women's groups, meaningful adult learning and so much more! All are welcome here.TBA’s doors are open to all. We welcome participation of people of all races, ethnic identities, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, ages, and religious backgrounds.

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