Our JTJ 8-12th grade program focuses on helping teens continue their Jewish education, explore their Jewish identity, build their Jewish community, and develop their leadership skills.

JTJ Classes
Students in our JTJ Program can continue their Jewish education by participating in classes that are both fun and engaging! Our 8-9th grade students can participate in our Wednesday night "Tzedakah Transformed: Acts of Philanthropy" class. These teens will form a Teen Tzedakah Board and learn about philanthropic giving by doing it -- experiencing both the challenges and thrills of giving money away to support issues close to their hearts. Meanwhile, our 10-12th grade students have the opportunity to take a college course for 3 general education credits, thanks to a new partnership with American Jewish University (AJU). In our Wednesday "Argument for Community's Sake," teens will explore the philosophy and foundations of what it means to be together in community, during both good and challenging times.

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Brunch with Us
Our 8-12th grade teens are invited to eat & schmooze with a member of the Clergy or staff at Temple Judea once a month on selected Sundays from 12pm-1:00pm. Bring nothing except your love for food and need for socialization, and we will arrange the rest. The fee for this program is $180 ($20/session).
JSTY (Social Teen Group)
Participate in fun & social events for teens only with Judea Senior Temple Youth (JSTY). Here our teens connect and socialize in an informal Jewish environment. Our teen leadership plays a pivotal role in directing the future of the group, and teen leaders earn 3-5 hours of community service per month. Want to know more? Contact us.

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JSTY Teen Leadership Council
As we strive to create the most meaningful and engaging teen programming, feedback from current teens has proven invaluable. Our selected teen leaders will help staff to develop a vision for the future of teen programming. Their leadership and insight will directly impact our direction and investment of resources. Teens will serve as role models to our youth and their peers, share event information, plan selected events for our youth, and let their voices be heard among our temple leadership. We ask interested teens to send us a short (2-5 minute) video presentation that showcases something about their biography, leadership intentions, and ideas! Interested? Contact us.

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JTJ Social Justice Trip (8th-9th Grade)
Students in grades 8 & 9 are invited to participate in an Arizona Immigration Justice Trip, November 9-12, 2023. Temple Judea is partnering with Tzedek America as we visit Phoenix, Tucson, and the border town of Nogales, Arizona, on this impactful immigration justice program. Teens will meet with organizations and people directly addressing the migration issues and enforcing the flow of migrants from Mexico to the United States. We meet with activists, homeland security agents, border patrol, retired border patrol, humanitarians, and state officials. The goal is to give a complete picture of the complex and layered issue of immigration in our country. This program registration carries an additional cost, which includes all programming, accommodations, airfare, and food in Arizona. Scholarships available upon request.

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CITs (Cantors in Training)
Kids & teens who sing -- share your musical talent and vocal skill with the Temple Judea community! The CITs help lead Friday night Shabbat services (generally the 2nd Friday of the month). Coaching on Jewish repertoire through the mentorship of Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot and the cantorial team will enhance your performance abilities. Interested? Contact us.

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Madrichim - Camp Sababa
When Camp Sababa is in session, teens commit to supporting our teachers and staff in building and maintaining a supportive, warm, safe, and nurturing camp environment. These volunteers also serve as role models of Jewish living and help campers in developing a deep understanding and appreciation of their Jewish identity. With opportunities for personal growth and leadership, teens will enjoy a fun, sometimes challenging, but wholeheartedly rewarding experience! There is No charge to become a Jr. Camp Sababa CIT volunteer. Returning teens may apply for a paid position as a Snr. Camp Sababa CIT (age 16+).
Madrichim - Religious School Assistants
During the school year, teens commit as Madrichim to supporting our teachers & staff by assisting with one of our religious school programs, monthly family programs, photography + videography, or dreaming up a new way to share talents with our community. Madrichim serve as a role model to younger students and lead small group activities and experiences. Teens with Hebrew knowledge and abilities may also volunteer in our Hebrew program and offer extra support to those kids who need it the most. Participation in this program is free, and teens can gain community service hours for volunteering, plus receive ongoing training with our Assistant Director of Education. Returning 11th and 12th grade Madrichim are eligible to be paid for their work in place of receiving community service hours. Additionally, paid madrichim who work on Tuesdays will receive an additional $2/hr!
B'Tzelem
B'tzelem isn't just for adults. The issues we're exploring, the debates we're launching, the experts we're hosting, and the ideas we're developing can be of interest to everyone. If your teen is passionate about social justice, encourage them to participate!

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