Most of JTJ’s programs occur on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30pm.
We offer "A" and "B" Sessions, each with different class offerings. Each class meets once per month. Students can choose one “A” Session and one “B” Session experience.
Teen Tzedakah Track: “A” Session
While learning about Jewish values behind tzedekah, our teens put values into action! Our students will learn about philanthropy by doing it— experiencing both the challenges and thrills of giving money away to support issues close to their hearts. We will form a Judea teen philanthropy board. Part of student tuition will contribute to the group pool of funds, and participating students work on fundraising to grow that pool into the thousands of dollars. Under the guidance of their teacher, students will work together to:
- clarify their guiding mission, vision, and values
- engage in fundraising
- invite and evaluate grant proposals
- distribute funds according to the vision of their philanthropic board
Jews and Hands-On Leadership: “A” Session
Through the power of games, team building, laughter, and mistakes, teens will learn about themselves and each other as leaders. Each session will push learners to both develop personal and interpersonal skills, while also encountering stories and values from the Jewish tradition that reinforce that lesson. This hands-on, experiential learning is recommended for teaching assistants (madrichim) as they begin working with our younger students in religious school.
Moving Traditions: “B” Session
As male and female identifying students grapple with identity and change as teenagers, a gender-separated space can be critical to allowing students to be open and grow.
- The Rosh Hodesh program uses Jewish teachings and practices to give teen 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. They will have the opportunity to explore their lives, under the guidance of a trained group leader, and with the sisterhood a group offers.
- The teen boys who participate in Shevet will enjoy spending time in a “guy space,” under the guidance of a trained group leader, where they can explore what masculinity and being Jewish means to them. Shevet focuses on the questions that teen boys ask as they journey toward manhood and connects these questions to the ethical, spiritual, and psychological insights of Judaism.
For students who want a distinctly LGBTQ+ space to explore the same set of topics, including courage, friendship, stress, body image, spirituality, and more, please contact Rabbi Rosenstein for additional resources and opportunities.
Jews and Civic Debate: “B” Session
Jews are no strangers to debates amongst ourselves over any number of controversial (or non-controversial) topics. That spirit of debate extends to how we participate in public discourse in the United States. We will look back into history, and develop expertise about Jewish values present on both sides of contemporary policy debates. This class is designed, although not required, for students who plan to attend the L’Taken trip to Washington, DC.
L’Taken Social Justice Seminar (February 2022)
Travel with Rabbi Rosenstein on a powerful trip to Washington, DC through Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center (RAC), where hundreds of Jewish teens gather to explore their powerful individual and collective voices as Jews to influence policy. Teens learn about public policy issues and the challenges of policy making, they visit museums and monuments, and bond with each other and with Jewish teens from across the country. The trip culminates with a lobbying visit to Capitol Hill where they visit legislators’ offices and advocate for policies through the lens of Jewish values. This program is subsidized thanks to a Judea congregant’s generosity. He was inspired by his daughter’s experience on the trip and wants to make it available to you!
Teaching Assistants / Madrichim:
Teens can choose to volunteer in a religious school classroom: aid in the activities and experiences, work with small groups, and serve as a role model to younger students. We also welcome madrichim with the knowledge and ability to aid in our Hebrew classes as well.
We are happy to offer you community service hours for your classroom time and ongoing training with our Assistant Director of Education!
Judea Senior Temple Youth (JSTY) allows our dynamic teens to connect and socialize in an informal Jewish environment. All activities and gatherings are designed for teens, by teens! Our JSTY student leaders work with our Assistant Director of Education, Rachel Hershman, to plan various events that connect Judea teens with each other and with their community. For more information about upcoming events, email
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