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Teens (8th - 12th Grade)

Temple Shalom Teens have a variety of options for connecting with one another, being actively involved with the temple programming and getting involved in Colorado Springs Jewish community opportunities.

Madrichim Team

Post b’nai mitzvah age teens are encouraged to explore volunteer roles as madrichim (“leaders”) teen teaching assistants in the temple religious school. Several madrichim opportunities exist to suit the needs of teens interested in sharing an on-going commitment to youth education programming.

  • Classroom madrichim serve as role models to religious school students and help teachers with whole class, small group and individual learning activities, tzedakah collection, snack and classroom set up/clean up.
  • Office Madrichim assist the education director with administrative responsibilities such as attendance/tzedakah collection and recording, management of supply room materials and resources, copying materials for teachers, education director or other staff and inventory of religious school snack supplies.
  • Special Events madrichim assist with prepping and supporting special all-school programming such as FLEX (Family Learning EXperience, M&M Social Action Projects (Mitzvot & Middot) and holiday celebrations.

The Madrichim Application Form is available from the Education Coordinator
or on the Religious School page (here).

Teen Scene

Teen Scene invites 8th – 10th grade students to “lunch-and-learn” with the rabbi and session facilitators, discussing topics of interest related to ethics and values while exploring new ways to connect with Judaism through art, cooking, yoga, social action and more. 

  • Open to Temple Shalom 8th- 10th grade teens, Sundays during the school year, from noon to 2 pm
  • An opportunity to engage in teen-centered programming with other Jewish teens
  • Social Events -sports, outings, trips, fun!
  • Looking at contemporary teen life and ethics topics through a Jewish lens
  • Creating “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) opportunities for teens to give back in our own community

Sichot (‘Discussions’ & Dinner)

The Hebrew word, “sichot,” refers to discussions and captures the essence of the program focus for Temple Shalom 11th and 12th graders. Once a month, teens get together in a relaxed atmosphere with the rabbi for dinner and discussion --- with whatever is on their minds. Participants will determine, with the rabbi, what the dinner option might be each month and what topics are brought to the table:

  • Open to Temple Shalom 11th and 12th grade teens. Sunday evenings, once a month (with adjustments) from 5 – 7 pm
  • An opportunity for teens to connect and discuss topics of interest with one another and the rabbi in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Social action experiences incorporated during the year
  • Annual trip to explore other Jewish communities across the US and programs geared specifically for Jewish teens  

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization

Jewish teens of all backgrounds can connect with one another through the local chapter of BBYO. Participants enjoy local, social activities and programming planned and led by BBYO members under the supervision of BBYO advisor. Opportunities to attend regional conferences invite encounters with other BBYO chapters. 

Mon, January 18 2021 5 Shevat 5781