Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

The Tent

A Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston

The Tent connects 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.

We meet (almost) every Monday, October – May.

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

Connect with Us

Brigid Goggin

Assistant Director of Education – Operations

617-566-3960 x125

bgoggin@tisrael.org

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Cambridge Bus Information

There is no additional cost for this pilot year of The Tent’s Cambridge Bus. This new transportation program is supported by The Tent’s CJP/Jim Joseph Foundation Teen Engagement Grant. This program is intended to help families from Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, Belmont, and surrounding areas overcome logistical hurdles like afterschool schedules and rush hour traffic that might otherwise prevent Tent enrollment for those families’ teens.

Doherty’s Garage, Inc. provides a full-size yellow school bus.

  • Running Mondays on The Tent 5778 calendar
  • Departing at 5:05 p.m. from 1600 Block of Cambridge St, Cambridge MA 02138, near Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.
  • Arriving approx. 5:35 p.m. at Temple Israel of Boston, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston MA 02215.

Please note that the Cambridge Bus is one-way. Families are responsible for transportation home from The Tent.

The bus will arrive at the pick-up location at 4:45 p.m. and will depart promptly at 5:05 p.m. The bus will be staffed by the driver, an employee of Doherty’s Garage. The driver will not take attendance. Students must be on time for the bus in order to ride – the bus will not wait for late students. In the event that bus service is canceled or delayed, Doherty’s will notify Tent staff, and Tent staff will alert all riders and parents by text, call, and/or email.

When the bus arrives, students should board quickly and be seated. On the bus, students should be considerate of the driver and of one another; students should listen to any instructions from the driver and they should remain seated on the bus until it arrives at The Tent. Inappropriate or dangerous behavior on the bus or when boarding or exiting the bus may result in loss of bus privileges. Neither the Tent in particular, nor Temple Israel of Boston in general, will provide supervision for the bus ride. Participation in the program may be revoked for any reason, including but not limited to, violation of this paragraph.

Our vendor’s school bus liability insurance provides comprehensive coverage of any issues that might arise except terrorism; this covers any passenger injury resulting from an accident.

By permitting my child(ren) to use The Tent’s Cambridge Bus, and as indicated by my submission of and agreement to the online Cambridge Bus registration form, I do hereby consent to my child(ren)’s participation in The Tent’s Cambridge Bus program and do forever release, acquit, discharge, and covenant to hold harmless the Tent and Temple Israel of Boston, as well as their officers, agents, and/or employees, from any and all actions, causes of action, and claims on account of or in any way growing out of, directly or indirectly, all known and unknown personal injuries, property damage, harm, and/or other loss or damage, which I have as the parent of my child(ren) and also all claims or rights of action for personal injuries, property damage, harm, and/or other loss or damage which my child(ren) has or hereafter may acquire, either before or after reaching majority, resulting from participation in The Tent’s Cambridge Bus program. I empower the staff of The Tent to act for me in accordance with their best judgment in case of an emergency or after unsuccessful attempts to reach either the parent(s) or guardian. My child does not have any conditions that may be aggravated by participating in this transportation program, except as noted on The Tent registration form. I understand that my child(ren)’s use of The Tent’s Cambridge Bus is contingent upon acceptance of the terms of this agreement, and is consideration therefor.

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.

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.

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.