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.
Students become paid classroom assistants during WBT Religious School. They may choose to come on Sunday mornings at either campus or Wednesday evenings at the Irmas Campus only. Participants will receive responsibilities from the teacher with whom they will be working as well as constructive feedback in order to continue to grow and refine their skills. This is a weekly commitment during the academic school year.
WNP: Wednesday Night Program
This is the ideal environment for our 8-12 grade students to socialize, relieve some stress midweek, and have programming that is specifically geared to the things that impact their lives the most. For the first half hour, teens have dinner, catch up with one another, play ping-pong and decompress from their days. A rotation of clergy, staff, and guest speakers lead group explorations into various topics of high interest. Students have the ability to examine aspects of day to day life, contemporary issues, and social justice through a Jewish lens in an open, accepting, inclusive environment. Participants often characterize WNP as a way to unwind from their normal pressures and they look forward to reconnecting with their friends at temple each week.
“What They Don’t Teach Your Teen” is a workshop with four independent sessions (attend however many you want) designed to instruct teenagers (and their parents and loved ones) from the Los Angeles teen community about life safety skills. The goal is to keep teens out of harm’s way and avoid inadvertently causing harm to others—emotionally, physically, and ultimately, perhaps, legally. The workshop is appropriate for Grades 8-12.
The three remaining sessions will cover:
Safer Police Interactions and Your Rights
Irmas: Wednesday, January 10, 6:30-8pm
Irmas: Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-8pm
Head on a Swivel: Situational Awareness, Avoiding Violence and Staying Safe
Irmas: Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8pm
Past events: Sexual Consent and Teen Dating Violence
Each session lasts 90 minutes (including time for a question-and-answer segment) and is interactive. During the presentations, attendees participate in real-time on the potentially life- and liberty-saving issues and circumstances being covered. The workshop is for parents or teens by themselves, but ideal for parents and their teens to attend together. Los Angeles City Attorney, and What They Don’t Teach series facilitator, Jonathan Cristall provides a prosecutor’s perspective on teaching teens about their rights, privacy, and safety.
Cost: $18 per session
Irmas Campus: 11661 W. Olympic Boulevard · Los Angeles, CA · 90064
Save the Weekend:
November 2-4, 2018
“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 greatest gift you can give your teen at the very moment they need it the most! This revolutionary retreat is exactly what every parent dreams of for their child. Using Jewish philosophy as a backdrop, frank, open, and honest discussions about relationship dynamics, sex, emotional and physical safety, and the complexity of the often-conflicting messages and feelings that naturally arise in teen relationships are at the core of this program. Providing the ultimate environment of safety, professionals and teens explore some of the most challenging topics and questions facing teens today and the results positively impact their life decisions forever.
“[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.”
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.“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!”
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.
The Beit Midrash Program offers an ideal way for teens at the Glazer campus to stay connected in a safe, social, fun environment to discuss, debate, and analyze contemporary events and issues. The foundation of these discussions is based on an exploration of Jewish texts and history as they relate to current day challenges, decisions, and perspectives. The specific content is evaluated each year and directly responds to the issues that matter most to the participants. This class meets from 11:00am-12:00pm every Sunday morning that Religious School is in session.