Teen Programs



Kadima – 8th Grade

Kadima (meaning “Go forth!” in Hebrew) explores concepts in Jewish spirituality. The Kadima teacher facilitates, but does not lead discussions. Each week, a new spiritual concept is introduced and the Kadima students discuss its relevance to their lives as teens. Topics include such concepts as oneness, peace, discernment, choices, gossip, and sacredness. These are fascinating discussions that help our teens understand Jewish spirituality through a unique lens. Kadima meets for 14 1-1/2 hour sessions on various Sundays October through March.

Chibur – 9th Grade

Chibur means “Connection” in Hebrew. While Kadima focuses on personal spiritual development, Chibur focuses on helping students connect with important issues of the day and to the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. Students examine issues such as racism, gun violence and teen drinking. They have the opportunity to develop their own opinions via group discussion and exploration of Jewish values and perspectives on the issues. They will also take part in social action projects that impact the community. Like Kadima, students meet for a total of 14 1-1/2 hour sessions various Sundays from October through March.

Confirmation – 10th Grade

Confirmation students focus on a dynamic inter-generational interview project entitled “Humans of CBHT.”  Students learn to conduct in-depth interviews with congregants and to discern what Jewish values and lessons can be gleaned from the congregant’s life experience. At the conclusion of the year, the class leads a Shabbat service where they share the results of their interviews enabling the congregation to know one another on a deeper level. Students meet for 14 1-1/2 hour sessions various Sundays from October through March.

Acharai – 10th, 11th and 12th Grades

Acharai is Hebrew for “Follow me!” Teens participate in two overnight hiking and camping expeditions (one fall and one spring) where they experience Shabbat and Havdalah in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They discover and explore skills they will take with them into their lives as adult Jews.

Madrichim Program

Available to students in 8th-12th grade who have completed our (or similar) K-7 Jewish educational program, the Madrichim Program enables teens to work on Sunday mornings in Religious School as teaching aides and tutors. This is an ideal opportunity for students to stay connected with and be role models for their religious school community while gaining meaningful work experience. In order for students to be in Madrichim Program, they must participate in Kadima, Chibur, Confirmation, or Acharai. Madrichim serve as volunteers their first year, and are paid a weekly stipend thereafter. Candidates for Madrichim must apply with the Education Director.

NFTY

NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) is our Temple’s youth group, open to all teens in 8th – 12th grades. NFTY is a social group with a membership structure. Members can participate in monthly leadership planning meetings, regular meetings, go on social outings, and engage with social action and Jewish ritual.  This includes opportunities for travel to regional and national NFTY conferences.

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