When: Sunday mornings, 10:15—12:15 AM
Where: Beth Chaim Reform Congregation
Who: ALL teens in 8th—10th grades
What: The program begins with donuts and coffee (Parents will sign-up to bring the snack).
8th Grade: Who am I—An introspective look at my connection with my Judaism and the World
Students will begin the year exploring their own personal relationship to God, Torah and Israel through the lens of Reform Judaism. Once they have strengthened and defined their own belief statement, they will explore our relationship with the greater community through the “Walking the Walk” curriculum (an interfaith dialogue). There will be opportunities to visit churches and a mosque in our community.
9th/10th grade: Teen Space –Creating sanctuary in our ever changing world
Life comes at us at a million miles a minute. How can we take some me out of the craziness to center ourselves and reflect? During this class we will establish a sense of sanctuary. Can Judaism and Jewish teachings really can be used as a lens that may help us make be er choices in life? Judaism has a strong wisdom tradition called Mussar, that suggests how each of us can create our own spiritual curriculum. Our conversations will be in influenced by Jewish values, but will focus on real life issues. We will get specific about the challenges of dealing with parents who are trying to get you to clean your room, or issues that arise in academics, sports, or with friends. Come discover how you might use teachings from Judaism's wisdom tradition to bring some order to a busy, and sometimes overwhelming time.
Beth Chaim is proudly announcing our very first part-time Youth Educator, Hannah Isaacs.
Hannah is very excited to be joining Beth Chaim’s community. Prior to living in the Philadelphia area she served as Youth Director at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY. She was instrumental in growing the teen programs and creating a camp culture within the synagogue. She received her B.S. in Marketing from Rider University where she was also a member of the Field Hockey Team. In addition to the teen work Hannah will be doing at Beth Chaim she is the communications associate at Tribe 12 in Center City Philadelphia. Hannah loves coffee, sushi, and petting other people’s dogs.
Hannah is teaching Confirmation along side Rabbi Pearlman and is directing, guiding, supporting Beth Chaim’s Youth Group, available to all member affiliated teens grades 8-12.