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The Tent

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. Our program is open to all interested teens, grades 8 through 12.

[vc_cta h2=”The Tent Wins New CJP/Jim Joseph Teen Engagement Grant” h4=”Cambridge-to-Boston Bus and More Coming This Fall to The Tent”]We are honored to share the exciting news that The Tent has been awarded one of the first grants in CJP’s new Teen Engagement Grant process, supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation. The premise of our grant proposal was that The Tent is a strong, vibrant, successful program that has considerable room to grow. We know that we can grow in a way that would enrich the lives of our current students and the lives of many other Jewish teens in Greater Boston, by offering an even greater diversity of elective classes, including a wider spectrum of Jewish perspectives, and more. We proposed funding that would increase awareness of and access to The Tent.

Cambridge Tent Bus

Thanks to this grant, there will now be a bus for Tent students one-way from Cambridge to Temple Israel every Monday we’re in session. We hope this bus will be helpful to current Tent families, and we hope that it will encourage residents of cities like Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden, Arlington, and Belmont to join us in The Tent. We are working hard to finalize details on the bus.

If your family is interested in your teen(s) riding this bus in the 2017-18/5778 school year, please contact Mike Fishbein now at

In addition to the Cambridge bus, the grant will support financial aid for independent families and will fund several hours of marketing consultation. This grant will give exciting support to The Tent as we aspire to be “the Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston.” We thank CJP and the Jim Joseph Foundation for their partnership. We look forward to the work and to the bright future of The Tent.[/vc_cta]

"This taught me to be an active member of the Jewish community, and provided me with value sources for social justice work."

Tent Participant,

"Our tight-knit teen community coupled with our Jewish values and traditions, which transcend one historical moment or problem, gives u the strength to make a difference."

Tent Participant,

School Hours

We meet (almost) every Monday, September – May

Dinner: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m., 1st Class: 6:40 – 7:30 p.m., 2nd Class: 7:40 – 8:30 p.m

Course Offerings

8th NYC Statue of LibertyAll 8th graders begin their journey with Our Whole Lives (OWL), an innovative approach to Jewish social/emotional values-based learning. During their semester together, students and staff spend a weekend in New York City to bond as a cohort and explore the history of American Judaism. OWL was awarded the Association of Reform Jewish Educator’s (ARJE) Yad b’Yad Award for Innovative Approaches to Youth and/or Teen Mental Health in 2016.

RAC 5776 Group Sen Markey's OfficeOffered once a year, the course “TIKKUN: To Take on the World” teaches about civic engagement and legislative advocacy through a Jewish lens, helps teens identify social issues of their own concern, and brings them to the MA State House to lobby their own state legislators on those issues. TIKKUN won the 2015 Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism’s Fain Social Action Award.

DSC_0061The Tent is a partner site for Boston-Haifa Connection, facilitated by CJP. Beginning in 5777, we will offer a Boston-Haifa Connection elective, which will share curriculum and communicate throughout the year with a sibling class at Kiryat Haim High School in Haifa. The course will culminate with a 10-day trip to Israel, and a 10-day visit to Boston for their sibling classmates from Kiryat Haim.

Ice Staking 5776 FriendsClass offerings are based on themes and issues suggested by students.  Students select two electives per semester.  Classes are all multi-grade, and designed to accommodate a wide range of educational modalities with differentiated instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The Tent is an inclusive community. Our students and staff represent a great variety of backgrounds and affiliations, and our exploration of Jewish tradition, continuity, and identity are relevant and accessible to all our students, and are not specifically representative of any formal Jewish movement of organization.

Every dinner includes vegetarian options; whenever meat is served, kosher meat is offered. Menus do not mix meat and dairy.

If you belong to a partner congregation, you will register with your synagogue. If your congregation is not a partner, or you are unaffiliated, you can register directly with us by contacting Mike Fishbein.

Course catalogues are published for each semester, and students have the opportunity to “sample” classes before selecting their electives.

Connect with Us

Mike Fishbein

Assistant Director of Education – Engagement

617-566-3960 x126

The Tent is hosted by Temple Israel of Boston in collaboration with Temple Beth Zion and Kehillat Israel of Brookline.