IKAR Teens (8th-12th graders) get to build a teen program together – to start something that has never been seen before at IKAR. When you became Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you became responsible for making the world a better place, for doing tikkun, for looking at the brokenness of our world and taking a hand in fixing it. Now we get to work together to build a program that will help us put our best intentions into action.
For 8th, 9th, and 10th graders
8th and 9th graders have two options for continuing their learning in the fall. The cost for either program is $360. If your child would like to attend on both days you do not need to pay twice. Register here.
Option 1 — Tuesdays (Recommended)
Students come on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm to participate in the following programs:
1. Teen Giving Circle (2 meetings per month)
Teens pool their money and harness the power of their group to make philanthropic decisions informed by Jewish values. The group will have a $180 buy-in and we hope that the money will come from the teens (from their B’nai Mitzvah or another source) instead of from their parents. By being part of this giving circle, teens are part of a national movement in teen philanthropy, promoted by the Natan Foundation and the Jewish Teen Funder’s Network.
More about teen philanthropy…
The field of Jewish teen philanthropy grew during the late 1990s as programs emerged at various Jewish institutions around the United States. Jewish teen philanthropy draws on many of the principles and programs that exist in the greater field of youth philanthropy, and helps students explore Jewish values, grow as Jewish leaders, and engage in building Jewish communities. Jewish teen philanthropy programming goes beyond a simple tzedakah lesson or fundraising project. By engaging teens in collective philanthropic giving, these programs help youth to understand the Jewish obligation of tzedakah on a much deeper level.
2. Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood (1 meeting per month)
Girls and boys go their separate ways for these programs, brought to you by Moving Traditions. Every month, they spend time together bonding, learning and discussing day-to-day teen issues in a safe space.
More about Rosh Hodesh…
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is an experiential education program currently touching the lives of 3,500 girls across North America. The program uses Jewish teachings and practices — in a five-year cycle of curricular materials — 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.
More about Shevet Achim…
Teen boys who participate in Shevet Achim groups tell us that they 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. The adult mentors of Moving Traditions have trained as group leaders tell us that in Shevet Achim the guys “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 everyday lives.
3. Tuesday Hang Out (1 meeting per month)
Just what it sounds like. Social time for the teens to be together, bond and plan programming for the future.
Students registered for Tuesday are encouraged to attend Teen Beit Midrash.
Option 2 — Saturdays
Students attend Saturday mornings from 9:15-12:15 and participate in two different programs.
1. Limudim Madrichim (teacher aids)
Teens work in Limudim classrooms in the younger grades and receive monthly professional development and supervision from Limudim teachers.
2. Teen Beit Midrash
Teens gather twice a month to learn about topics of interest through a Jewish lens. Topics are chosen by the teens and the teacher.
Students registered for Saturday are encouraged to attend Rosh Hodesh/Shevet Achim and Teen Hang Outs.
For Eleventh and Twelfth Graders
We have a few options for our older teens:
1. Register for Teen Beit Midrash. We hope that everyone will register for teen beit midrash to come together twice a month for learning. Anyone who wants to go on the trip must register for teen beit midash.
2. Work in Limudim. We have spots for our 10th-12th graders to work as teachers in our Saturday morning Limudim program. Teens must be able to commit to being at IKAR weekly from 9am-1pm during the school year. If your child is interested, please email Emily Kruskol at email@example.com.
3. Work with little kids in Limudim. We have spots for our 10th-12th graders to serve as madrichim (teacher’s aids) for our younger Limudim students, but students must be able to commit to Saturday mornings from 9:15-12:15 or Tuesdays from4-6pm. If your child is interested in that, please have them email Emily Kruskol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Join IKAR teens for some learning, some socializing and some yoga on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will get together on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in a place TBD. We also need some help with the kids programs, so please email if you want to help, even if it is just for an hour.
Get Involved & Stay Updated
Join IKAR Teens on Facebook
Join the IKAR Teens facebook group to get information on our upcoming teen events including havdallah and s’mores, volunteering at PATH, teen Shabbat dinner, and whatever else you guys can think up. You can join the group here.
If you have questions or want to help plan events or get involved, email Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal at email@example.com.