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

Beyond TI

There are so many wonderful offerings in the wider world of Jewish youth engagement, and we are happy to help connect you to them. We love and support Jewish Summer Camping, and we encourage you to explore Israel Travel experiences.

TI students from kindergarten through 12th grade attend more than a dozen different Jewish summer camps, most of which are right here in New England. As a URJ institution, we have a special relationship with URJ Camps Eisner and Crane Lake – amazing Jewish overnight camps located in the Berkshires – and with the new URJ Six Points Sci-Tech camp, located at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA. Our most-attended overnight camps are URJ Eisner, URJ Crane Lake, Camp Micah, and JCC Camp Kingswood, though our top-attended camp overall is the JCC Grossman day camp, where we sent 30 campers in the summer of 2014!

Is your child enrolled in a summer camp? We want to know! Email

Camps to Consider

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K-7 Camp Scholarships

Thanks to funds established by generous TI donors, Temple Israel is able grant scholarships to our families toward Jewish summer camp tuition. The Foundation for Jewish Camp, in partnership with CJP, offers significant resources for first-time campers at Jewish overnight summer camps through their “One Happy Camper” program.

Through this program, first-time campers can receive a $700 grant for an introductory session or a $1000 grant for a full session. In addition, please keep in mind that many camps and travel programs offer their own scholarships.

Israel Travel for Teens

In addition to TI’s annual trips to Israel, led by our clergy for adults or for families, we strongly encourage our teens to participate in one of the many excellent Israel travel programs offered each year. We especially encourage our teens to consider a trip with NFTY-in-Israel, not only because the trips offer amazing experiences, but because they connect our teens to other Reform youth from across North America, with whom they can form life-long bonds.

To help with the cost of Israel travel programs, Temple Israel has join many other congregations in partnering with CJP through the Myra and Robert Craft Passport to Israel Program. Passport to Israel is a unique savings program designed such that your family, TI, and CJP will all contribute to the cost of your teen’s experience in Israel.

Jewish Teen Engagement

other great opportunities

There are a number of opportunities available to our teens from across the world of Jewish teen engagement, including awards, contests, special programs, and summer experiences:

Israel Travel Programs Comparison Guide

We are delighted to share this excellent Israel travel programs comparison guide, compiled by Ahava Rosenthal of Temple Emanuel in Newton. The guide is organized by category, and each entry includes a scholarship section.

High School in Israel
Israel and Europe
Leadership Traning
Science and Technology
Travel Plus
Beyond High School, page 1 (Gap Years and Internships)
Beyond High School, page 2 (Gap Years and Internships)

Scholarships, Contents, Awards

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards: Up to fifteen selected teens, five from California and ten from other communities across the country, are acknowledged annually for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education.

The Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest: $1,800 1st Prize.

Post High School Gap Year & Internships

MachonKaplan: Summer Internship with the Religious Action Center: For undergrads interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C.; offered by the RAC, Reform Judaism’s office in Washington.

Netzer Year: URJ Gap Year in Israel: Volunteer in local communities. Live and work on a kibbutz. Learn Hebrew. Travel the country. Meet Israelis. Make a difference.

Tivnu: Building Justice – Social Justice Gap Year in the USA: Work on concrete projects, fight for social justice, and create community in Portland, Oregon.

Fellowships, Seminars, Institutes During the Year

Brandeis High School Programs – Design Lab Fellowship: Create an authentic solution to a local Jewish organization’s problem and build it using Design Thinking.

The Keshet/Hazon LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton: Join us for a weekend of fun, community, and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens.

Summer Programs

NFTY in Israel: Four different summer experiences in Israel for teens, developed and run by the Reform Movement’s youth group organization.

URJ Mitzvah Corps: Hands-on Social Justice Service Programs for Teens: Spend part of your summer, or an entire summer, on one or more of our social justice and service experiences, now in eight different locations in the USA, Israel, and South America.

Nesiya – Inspiring Journeys in Israel: Summer Israel travel program with an emphasis on diverse cohorts.

Specialty Camps: New summer experiences based on interest, including the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech camp.

BBYO Passport: Pluralistic Jewish teen travel programs to 18 different countries, including Israel.

BIMA & GENESIS, Brandeis HS Programs: Summer programs at Brandeis University – intensive experiences in the arts (BIMA) or in a variety of interest areas (GENESIS) with an international group in a Jewish setting.

Artsbridge Institute: Artsbridge, Inc. is a Boston based nonprofit organization that uses art and dialogue to develop constructive partnerships between American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth.

Tivnu: Building Justice: Work on concrete projects, fight for social justice, and create community in Portland, Oregon. Summer program for HS students from this gap-year organization.

JustCity Leadership Institute: Two-week summer NYC Jewish social justice program.

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Roberta Axeloons

Education Program Manager