Temple Israel’s Teen Education Program engages teens as participants in Jewish educational experiences that are relevant to their day-to-day lives. Students learn to advocate for themselves and their needs and develop as leaders who have ownership and agency over their education and what their Judaism means to them.
A Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston. In partnership with our Jewish neighbors, we connect teens with a diversity of voices to strengthen them as learners, as thinkers, and as young American Jews.
Every year, a cohort of teens serve as student teachers. The goal of the Madrichim Program is to help our teens develop as leaders and teachers, and to provide our Religious School students with excellent role models. Teens apply to the program in the spring and are offered positions over the summer. Each student receives a small volunteer stipend each semester.
Throughout the year, Madrichim focus on developing skills in small group facilitation, classroom management, and experiential lesson-planning. In addition to hands on learning in the classroom, Madrichim will also receive targeted support and training on differentiated instruction in a series of six development meetings led by experts in the field.
Teens also have the opportunity to work as library assistants in the Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center on Sundays, with our librarian, Ann Abrams. Library assistants learn the basics of working in a library, such as shelving, checking items in and out, assisting library users with research questions, as well as other projects that may come up. The application process and stipend are the same as mentioned above.
RYFTI - Reform Youth Federation of Temple Israel
RYFTI teens join together for fun, informal, Jewish experiences. RYFTI holds monthly activities that range from scavenger hunts in Harvard Square to apple picking. Along with the monthly activities, there are two weekend Kallot held each year: Fall Kallah (November) and Clergy Weekend (May). These weekend getaways are a time for the teens to bond, have fun, and engage in excellent peer-led learning. RYFTI is led by a teen board, elected by their peers each Spring. RYFTI is an affiliate of NFTY- North East.
Temple Israel of Boston 10th graders spend a year together building community and grappling with the questions that help them define their personal relationship to Judaism. At the end of the year, Confirmation students lead our congregation in a Shavuot morning service.
Over Selichot, the Confirmation students come together for 24 hours to sleep over at TI, spend the day out in Boston, eat great food, share a special Shabbat, and work to envision their year together.
Monday evenings, September through May, students meet with our clergy team to explore questions of God, Torah, and Israel in order to find their voice within the Jewish community.
Every year, Temple Israel Confirmation students join hundreds of other Jewish teens in Washington, D.C. at the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar for a weekend of civic engagement. L’Taken is hosted by the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism, our movement’s center of legislative advocacy in the nation’s capital.
While there, teens share in Shabbat, visit the sites of D.C., experience havdalah at the Jefferson Memorial, and have a night out in Georgetown. Students also learn about the ways our Movement is working for justice on Capitol Hill, and choose an issue to support. To end the trip, students meet in the offices of their federal Senators and Representative, to advocate on their chosen issues.