Teen Programming: Grades 8-12
Jewish engagement doesn’t end after B’nei Mitzvah and we have so many opportunities for teens to stay involved! Whether you are looking for something on a regular basis or less frequently, academically-focused or more socially-oriented, something that pays or a program geared toward giving back, there is something for everyone.
Schedule & Logistics
- Mandatory parent information session with the Mirons
- Thursday, November 14, 7-9 p.m. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Irmas Campus (11661 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles)
- Friday, November 15, 6 p.m. | Drop off at AJU in Bel Air
- Sunday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. AJU in Bel Air | Mandatory parent debrief followed by closing program
- Sunday, November 17, 3:30 p.m., Retreat ends
- Cost: $265 for Wilshire Boulevard Temple members, $315 for non-members
“You should go on the retreat because it’s really fun. You might think you’ll feel uncomfortable during the retreat but everyone said what they wanted to say. You really learn a lot and the Mirons put the info out perfectly.”“[The retreat] is so informative and helpful. I learned more in one day at camp than I did in a year of sex ed in school!
“The retreat was really fun. In the beginning I didn’t think I would like it but then after being here for the whole weekend and meeting new friends, it was really worth it and I’m glad I came.”“You learn stuff that you didn’t think you were going to learn and it’s actually going to come in handy later in life.”
“It’s information you need to know and it’s better than parents telling you this stuff!”
Amy and Dr. Charles Miron, a Baltimore-based husband and wife team, are sexuality and relationship educators and certified sex therapists who have been working in the field of sexuality for more than three decades. They are the co-authors of How To Talk With Teens About Love, Relationships, and S-E-X: A Guide for Parents. The Mirons team-teach college courses along with facilitating sexuality education retreats and workshops for parents and teens. Always respectful of diverse family values, their relaxed and entertaining style quickly puts both parents and teens at ease in this difficult area. The Mirons have appeared on numerous television and radio programs and their friendly faces have been found on the pages of many publications.
Whether they go willingly or grudgingly, by the end of the first night, each and every teen participant reports that the experience was not at all what they anticipated and already had a profoundly positive and significant impact on their thinking.
Madrichim (Grades 9-12 only)
“Madrich” (m) or “Madricha” (f) means “Leader/Guide”. Madrichim (the plural form) play active roles in our Religious School by working as teaching assistants in the classroom, and in other school capacities.
Participating in the Madrichim program is not just a way to help younger students; it’s also an opportunity for teens to develop communication and leadership skills, increase self-confidence, express Jewish values, and learn practical skills.
Applications for the 2019/20 school year are live:
Beit MidrashWednesdays at the Irmas Campus from 6-8 p.m. (formally known as WNP: Wednesday Night Program) Sundays at the Glazer Campus from 10 a.m - Noon (this program will not meet on the first Sunday of every month due to Rosh Hodesh and Shevet programming)
Beit Midrash is a unique, creative way for 8th-12th grade students to engage in Jewish content that speaks directly to issues impacting their lives. Taught by Wilshire Boulevard Temple's clergy and educators, teens will have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues through a Jewish lens, in an open, accepting and inclusive environment.
Teens will spend the first half hour hanging out with friends. On Wednesday nights, students can bring their own dinner or opt-in to a paid dinner program. This chance to unwind and connect with old and new friends helps transition participants from the stress of the day or week to a session of fun and challenging activities.
Every week focuses on a different topic, selected in response to surveys and conversations with participating teens. The topics are active, fun, challenging and will feel relevant and engaging-without feeling like you’re in school! Stay tuned for more information about our faculty and curriculum.
Optional Dinner Add-On
Rosh Hodesh and Shevet (Grade 8 only)
Wilshire Boulevard Temple has partnered with Moving Traditions to bring our 8th graders two incredible programs: Rosh Hodesh and Shevet. These programs will meet on the first Sunday of every month, from 10 AM - Noon, at the Glazer Campus in Koreatown.
Rosh Hodesh uses Jewish teachings and practices to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. Through discussion, arts & crafts, creative ritual, games, and drama, the girls and their leaders draw on Jewish values and a gender lens to explore the issues the girls care about most, such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress.
Teen boys who participate in Shevet groups enjoy spending time in a “guy space,” where they can explore what masculinity and being Jewish means to them. The boys report that the experience offers them a more “honest,” “relevant,” and “cool” way to participate in the Jewish community. Shevet helps students “decompress” from their stressful lives and that they balance clowning and horseplay with deep discussions of what Judaism has to say about the ethical challenges of their every day lives.