Teen Programs - Hevreh
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Teen Experience at Hevreh

At Hevreh, B’Nai Mitzvah is just the beginning.

 

Many teens at Hevreh continue to grow as role models in Hevreh’s Religious School while participating in the madrichim program, designed to cultivate Jewish leadership and help our faculty teach in an environment set up for success.

 

By being a member of HoTY, teens have the opportunity to spend time in unique, teen-only, Jewish spaces and can build trust and comfort with their peers.

 

For more information on how teens can be involved with Hevreh, contact Jodie Friedman, teen experience coordinator.

B’Nai Tzedek Youth Awards

The Berkshire B’nai Tzedek Youth Foundation, a program of Hevreh and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, is a teen leadership board made up of Jewish teens that develop annual charitable funding priorities and participate in a grant making process. The Berkshire B’nai Tzedek Youth Foundation is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for grants of up to $3,000 for projects that support the following priority areas:
-working to stop climate change
-sustainability
-caring for the environment and for animals

Mark Your Calendars

PURIMSHPIEL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Sundays, 9:00am-10:30am

Jan 5

Jan 12

Jan 19

Jan 26

Feb 2

Feb 9

Feb 23

March 1

March 8

PURIMSHPIEL

 

Monday, March 9 | 6:00pm

Purim Carnival

 

Sunday, March 15 | 12:00pm

Madrikhim

MADRIKH/A: FROM THE HEBREW WORD “TO GUIDE” OR “TO LEAD”

 

Hevreh’s Madrikhim Program is built for teens who have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah and are looking to continue their Jewish journey as leaders in the Religious and Hebrew School. Our madrikhim are students in 8-12 grade enrolled in either the Pre-Confirmation or Confirmation class. Our madrikhim not only serve as role models and guides to our younger students, but we in turn guide them in developing their teaching and leadership skills while strengthening their Jewish identity.

 

For more information about this program, contact Jodie Friedman.

 

Hevreh Temple Youth – HoTY

Open to all Jewish teenagers who have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah, HoTY brings out the best from our teens through worship, educational programs, social gatherings, service opportunities, and peer leadership.

 

HoTY is a temple youth group (TYG) affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth –Northeast Region (NFTYNE). We are proud to support our teens in building relationships with their Jewish peers in the Berkshires, New England, across the country, and around the world.

Continuing Education

POST-B’NAI MITZVAH

 

After becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our 8th grade Pre-Confirmation seminar promotes critical thinking and gets middle schoolers ready for the transition to high school. Our 9-12 grade Confirmation seminar further delves into conversation surrounding the intersection between Judaism and being a teenager, and promotes collaboration with near-peer groups.

POST-B’NAI MITZVAH

 

After becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our 8th grade Pre-Confirmation seminar promotes critical thinking and gets middle schoolers ready for the transition to high school. Our 9-12 grade Confirmation seminar further delves into conversation surrounding the intersection between Judaism and being a teenager, and promotes collaboration with near-peer groups.

Highlights of our five-year post-B’Nai Mitzvah teen curriculum include:

 

  • Pre-Confirmation B’Nai Tzedek Youth Awards Grant Giving Program
  • Pre-Confirmation trip to Israel
  • Confirmation class creating and putting on the annual Purimshpiel
  • Pre-Confirmation partnering with the 7th grade B’Nai Mitzvah class to put on the annual Purim Carnival
  • Confirmation trip (four year rotation) to Prague, a Jewish heritage trip in the south, Amsterdam, and a L’Taken Seminar run by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)

To learn more about Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation, contact Rabbi Gordon or Rabbi Hirsch.