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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 for the 2023-2024 academic year. CBS believes that Jewish education should be accessible to all. The synagogue’s budget offsets the cost of  Teen Learning to keep it affordable, reflected in the “standard tuition.” The actual cost to educate each child, retain excellent teachers, and provide quality, innovative programming is higher than the standard tuition, reflected in the “unsubsidized tuition.” Members who are willing and able to are invited to pay the unsubsidized tuition or make a tax exempt donation. Standard fee rates are available to members of CBS. Non-members kindly pay the unsubsidized rate. As always, we want our Teen Programs to be open and welcoming to all, and scholarship funds will be available to anyone who might need some financial assistance. To discuss financial assistance or if you are interested in becoming members, please contact our membership director.



Standard Tuition (for CBS Members)

Unsubsidized Tuition (for nonmembers)
USY $115 $150

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

We had a very successful trip to Portland, building houses and learning about homelessness with Tivnu. We look forward to sharing information about our 2023-2024 teen trip soon.


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 2023-2024 academic year will be available soon 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 2022-2023 school year, read details about the program here. Complete the Ozerim Program Application here. Details and the application for the 2023-2024 academic year coming soon.

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 2022-2023:

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. We look forward to sharing our 2023-2024 classes soon.

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)

Option 1: Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Relations: History and Futures with Colton Schons

Option 2: "Love the Stranger"- Why Supporting Refugees is a Jewish Value with EJ Knopf

Session E

April 25th-May 23rd

Option 1: Israel, American, and Jewish: Definitions and Connections with Liel (CBS Shinshinit)

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



Thu, June 8 2023 19 Sivan 5783