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.
A Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston
"This taught me to be an active member of the Jewish community, and provided me with value sources for social justice work."
"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."
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
All 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.
Offered 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.
The 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.
Class 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.