WBTY Grades 9-12
Wilshire Boulevard Temple Youth Reimagined
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
- Thursday, November 1, 7-9 p.m. Irmas Campus (westside) MANDATORY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION WITH THE MIRONS
- Friday, November 2, 6 p.m. Irmas Campus (westside) Retreat begins with dinner and programming. Buses to Camp Hess Kramer load promptly at 9 p.m.
- Friday night-Sunday afternoon Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu Retreat programming and camp experience •
- Sunday, November 4, 3 p.m. Camp Hess Kramer MANDATORY PARENT DEBRIEF FOLLOWED BY CLOSING PROGRAM Retreat concludes no later than 5 p.m. • Parents drive teens home (no buses returning to WBT)
- Cost: $250 for Wilshire Boulevard Temple members, $300 for non-members
- Early bird $50 discount by registering before September 15.
“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!”
About the Mirons
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.
“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 2018/19 school year are now closed. For more information, email Emily Weisberg, Director of Teen Programs.
WNP: Wednesday Night ProgramWeekly at the Irmas Campus from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday Night Program is a unique, creative way for 8-12 grade students to engage in Jewish content that speaks directly to issues impacting their lives. 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 of the evening hanging out with friends. They can bring their own dinner or opt-in to a paid dinner program. Whether it’s playing ping pong, shooting hoops in the gym, or just decompressing from a difficult day at school, this chance to unwind helps transition participants from the stress of the day to an evening 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!
This year, our sessions are broken down as follows (sessions are subject to change):
October 3: WORDS
“To speak much is one thing; to speak to the point, another.” How we carefully choose our words from talk to text to Torah
October 10: DECEPTION
Truth and our health
October 17: JEW…ISH?
Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “Oh, me? I’m ‘Jew-ish?’ Let’s talk.
October 24: BALLOT
Before the ballot box: a non-partisan exploration of everything we need to know before casting our vote!
November 7: STRESS! A WBTY Youth Group Board run-program on stress and mindfulness.
November 14: FUNNY
Jews and Comedy: the sustainable commodity that has seen our people through generations of strife
November 28: JUSTICE
Rabbi Susan Goldberg joins us to discuss Judaism and Social Justice
December 5: LATKES
Cooking is all about people. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat. Happy Chanukah!
December 12: HATRED
Exploring the history of anti-semitism
January 9: GOOD TROUBLE
Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
January 16: JINGLES
Ads, ice cream trucks, video games, radio: Music is the universal language
January 23: MOVEMENT
Breaking Boundaries: Creating a sacred space
January 30: ATHLETES
Exploring the power of athletes who refused to “just shut up and play.”
February 6: BARS
When the punishment doesn’t fit the crime
February 13: ST. VALENTINE
Left Swipe, Right Swipe, Don’t Swipe, J Swipe: Love in the 21st Century
February 20: TO BE ANNOUNCED
February 27: LETHAL
Eye for an Eye: a Jewish perspective on the purpose and impact of the death penalty
March 6: ERASED
Nachson: Forgotten heroes who took the first step
March 13: LYRICS
Childish Gambino; and Other Modern Poets
March 20: MASKS
What are the masks we wear? What do we show the world?
March 27: P.E.
Bring your sneakers… it’s a Wilshire Boulevard Temple WNP Celebration of March Madness
April 3: TO BE ANNOUNCED
April 10: SMOKE
A Jewish response to drug use
May 1: HOME
These Four Walls: Home and homelessness in Los Angeles
May 8: CONFLICT
Joined by speakers from organizations across the spectrum, and our Israeli Shinshinim, Noam and Tai, we’ll begin a conversation about Israel and the issues with which it struggles.
May 15: Parent and 7th Grade Program
May 22: WBTY BOARD-RUN PROGRAM
May 29: ENDINGS
Tying up loose ends
Confirmation: Living Jewish Values
“Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena” – “You are not expected to complete the task, but neither are you free to avoid it.” (Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:21)
Over the course of the eight sessions, students will explore contemporary issues, making authentic and relevant connections to Jewish text, ethics and values that align with the issues explored. By the end of the year, participants will have cultivated deeper connections to Jewish values such as tzedakah (the pursuit of justice), b’tzelem elohim (all people are made in the image of God) and chesed (compassion), exploring ways in which they can actively apply them to their everyday lives. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with our clergy in conversation as they examine these Jewish values.
The program culminates with the Confirmation ceremony at the end of the year. Half of the eight classes take place at the Irmas Campus, and the other half at the Glazer campus from 12:30-2:30 one Sunday a month.
Beit Midrash: Exploring the Jewish Soul
This year, Beit Midrash will focus on cultivating a deeper personal relationship to ritual, spirituality, and the “big questions” in life. Incorporating the weekly Torah portion and ancient and modern Jewish texts, our sessions will start by studying what Judaism and our own beliefs say about the soul. Then, we will expand out to connect these Jewish ideas to social justice, family and personal relationships, God concepts, mysticism, and more.
This class meets from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Glazer campus every Sunday morning that Religious School is in session.