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Teen Program

8th -12th Grade Program 2022-2023 Calendar Page 1

8th-12th Grade Program 2022-2023 Calendar Page 2

Congregation Beth Shalom aims to engage teens and keep them involved in Jewish life through a wide variety of social opportunities, Shabbat and Holiday experiences, formal and informal learning opportunities, and opportunities to work or volunteer with our youth.  We strive to meet the needs of different teens in our community by offering experiences that cater towards all different interests, skills, and learning styles.


Flexible pricing as follows: 



Teen learning 1 session


All tuesday evening learning (five 6 week sessions)


Teen program bundle (all teen learning and USY dues)


Teen Trip- New this Year

CBS 1st Annual- Experiential Teen Trip to Portland

October 13th (after school)-October 16th (return in the afternoon)

Open to all 8th-12th Graders *synagogue membership not required

Join CBS teens for our 1st annual teen trip, a 4 day, 3 night, trip to Portland, including a full group Shabbat and Sukkot experience, getting to know the Portland Jewish community, sightseeing, learning about homelessness and grassroots activism, and working with carpenters and other professionals to assist the homeless population in Portland by building tiny homes, all in partnership with Tivnu (  The weekend will be staffed by Rachel Wachtel (Education and Youth Director) and well as Liel (CBS Shinshinit 2022-2023). Up to date COVID vaccination is required in order to participate.

Registration is now open here:  Deadline- September 6th

Cost: $250 per participant (thank you to the SAMIS Foundation for the generous grant funding that allows us to offer this program at a highly subsidized price). This includes transportation to and from Portland via train, hotel accommodations, and kosher meals throughout the weekend.

*If you have any questions or would like to request scholarship funds, please contact Rachel Wachtel.


Additionally, we are thrilled to continue to offer the following opportunities. All of the opportunities are available for CBS members and nonmembers.  If you have any questions or comments about our teen program, please get in touch with Rachel Wachtel, CBS Education and Youth Director. Registration for the 2022-2023 academic year is now available through Shulcloud. Click here for detailed registration instructions.

Shabbat and Holidays

Youth Minyan: At Congregation Beth Shalom’s Youth Minyan, post B’nai Mitzvah teens participate in this no adults allowed service that is led by teens. Youth Minyan gives them the opportunity to practice their synagogue skills, pray with their peers, and socialize over a delicious meal. Youth Minyan will meet 6-8 times in the 2022-2023 school year. Mark your calendars for the tentative 2022-2023 dates: 9/24, 10/29, 11/19, 12/10, 1/21, 3/25, 4/29, 5/20We meet from 10:30-12:30 in the Beit Midrash. Email Gabi Robbins or Jeremy Rose  to volunteer to read Torah and lead services.

Teen Holiday Experiences: Approximately 4 times each year teens will be invited to participate in a Jewish Holiday experience along with one of the Rabbis or Educators at Congregation Beth Shalom. Some examples may include: a Hannukah Party, dinner in the sukkah, Havdallah on the beach, and more.

Community Involvement

Ozerim Program: 8th-12th graders work in our preK-5th grade religious school as special needs aides, teaching assistants, Hebrew tutors, and more.  Congregation Beth Shalom loves its ozerim! Ozerim bring energy, ideas and sparkle to the religious school and our students, parents, and teachers alike. We hope you will find a role at the CBS religious school that fits your schedule and interests – if you have another idea about how to get involved that is not on this list, please let us know! To read all about the program and the opportunities available for the upcoming school year, read details about the program here. Complete the Ozerim Program Application here. The application deadline is August 19th.

B’nai Mitzvah Tutoring: The best way to learn is to teach. 8th-12th graders are invited to work as B’nai Mitzvah tutors. This provides them with a good source of income and aids them in developing skills of patience, discipline, schedule keeping, and professionalism. Typically tutors work one-on-one with learners, this year we are working to set up an option for teens to tutor as a group and build confidence and skills so that they feel more comfortable tutoring one-on-one in the future.  Teens must complete the tutor training process (it is now part of Tuesday teen learning) before they may begin tutoring.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities:

Teens are invited to join us on to help out at the CBS Purim Carnival and other CBS events

Learning Opportunities for Teens:

Tuesday Learning: Each Tuesday teens are invited to join their peers in person from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The program starts with dinner, some social time and games just for teens and is followed by 1 hour of class time. A variety of 6 week courses are offered including high level text study, Israeli television shows, and more.

Session A

September 13th – November 15th (skipping September 27th and October 4th, 11th, and 18th)

Option 1: Democracy in Israel with Liel (CBS Shinshinit)

Option 2: Deep Dive into the Megillat Esther with Addie Bjornson

Session B

November 29th- January 10th (skipping December 20th, and December 27th)

Jewish Food Ethics with Rabbi Rose

Session C

January 17th-February 28th (skipping February 21st)

Option 1: Unpacking Current Issues Affecting the Jewish Community with Hilary Bernstein

Options 2: Jewish Perspectives on Abortion with Rabbi Rose (10th grade and up)

Session D

March 7th- April 18th (skipping April 11th)

Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Relations: History and Futures with Colton Schons

Session E

April 25th-May 23rd

Option 1: Life in the Desert with Liel (CBS Shinshinit)

Juicy Stories from the Torah that are Rarely Taught with Rabbi Borodin



Sat, October 1 2022 6 Tishrei 5783