As your child matures, so do the questions they ask. Rodeph Sholom provides a safe and supportive environment for teens to pose big questions and explore their own answers.
Whatever your teen’s interest, we have it all…
Trips, educational experiences, paid internships, mitzvah projects, social outings, and single-gender groups that encourage self-discovery and connections with other teens.
Post B’nai Mitzvah Paid CRS Internship (7th/8th Grade)
Post-B’nai Mitzvah students earn money through our PAID internship program while strengthening their resume and connection to the Jewish community! Students attend 3 meetings throughout the year and complete 25 hours of hands on work in one of the departments at CRS through one-hour-per-week sessions. This work teaches students about networking and leadership skills that are essential for their future success.
Confirmation Program (10th Grade)
Confirmation is the next major milestone in Jewish life after Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Working with our clergy, you will experience a year of exploration where you will wrestle with some of life’s big questions, such as “Who am I? Where do I fit in? What do I stand for?” Discover your own answers as you experience eye opening study sessions and a trip to Berlin, the birthplace of Reform Judaism and Rodeph Sholom’s roots. Your year culminates at the Friday night Confirmation service and celebration.
Start Your Own Interest Group (11th and 12th Grade)
Have an interest you think other teens will want to explore with you? Tell us your idea and let’s see what we can start at CRS! (book club, painting class, pick-up game, anti-gun advocacy)
Congregant/Teen Mentoring Program (11th and 12th Grade)
11th and 12th grade teens have the opportunity to be paired with a congregational mentor based on their
interests to gain valuable resume building skills, a unique Jewish experience and insight into what it means to be a professional who is Jewish out in the real world.
Madrichim Program (Teacher Assistants) (8th–12th Grade)
Mondays or Wednesdays from 3:50 PM–6:15 PM 8th–12th graders have an opportunity to build community by working and helping in the Religious School. These years are the most impactful for our Kindergartners through 6th graders and our teens make a positive impact upon the children with whom
they work. Madrichim can support teachers in the classroom, teach Hebrew, plan for future Tefillot (prayer services), or song lead in music class. Teens may choose to receive compensation or community service hours for their participation in the program.
The Mitzvah Team (TMT) (8th–12th Grade)
If your teens are passionate about social action and want to know what it is like to be at the heart of running
a philanthropic organization, they are going to want to join The Mitzvah Team. TMT is completely teen-inspired, teen-planned, and teen-led. During bi-weekly meetings throughout the year, your teens will have the opportunity to learn all about the nonprofit world, valuable leadership and project management skills, all while performing the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.
הGirlה & BROdeph Sholom Groups (8th–12th Grade)
High School may be a challenging time in your teen’s life which is why we’re creating small, safe, singlegender group experiences that encourage self-discovery, promote self-confidence and strengthen connections with other teens and the broader Jewish community. Students will have the opportunity to form new friendships, express their fears, self-doubts and struggles and find reassurance and strength from their peers and connect with a young adult mentor in our female-identifying הGirlה group and our male-identifying BROdeph Sholom group. These Jr. Sisterhood & Brotherhood type groups meet once a month.
Clergy members will offer multiple 3-part series throughout the year on different topics. Teens choose based upon their schedule and/or interest area. Examples might be a book club, exploring a specific content area, speakers in conversation with our clergy and teens, or field trips. Keep your eye out this Fall for more information about this new program.
CRS/BBYO Program (8th–12th Grade)
Affiliated with the international movement, our chapter is one of the best places to meet other 8th–12th grade Jewish teens at CRS. Our group meets every other Tuesday from 6:30 PM–8:00 PM and offers a diverse array of activities ranging from social nights to community service projects. BBYO also hosts a number of regional events that take place regularly throughout the year including leadership development workshops, dances, community service days, sports events, and weekend-long conventions.
Teen Leadership Committee (8th–12th Grade)
This is a new teen leadership opportunity starting next year. There will be a committee of teens who will lead our annual CRS teen events and programs. Examples are the Purim Carnival and Teen After Party!, Breakfast Run and HUC Soup Kitchen, and SNL mystery bus ride. Students will be chosen via application process and chairs will be appointed for each event.
Tikkun Orleans NOLA trip (8th Grade)
March 5–March 8, 2020
8th Graders have the opportunity to take a service learning adventure with us to New Orleans in order to help repair the world, explore the Jewish culture of the South and tour one of the coolest cities in the world! Of course there will be jazz, beignets, and gators too!
RAC (9th–12th Grade)
January 24th–January 27th, 2020
CRS teens along with Rabbi Karol will be visiting the Religious Action Center for their L’taken Seminar, an initiative designed to teach teens all about social justice and legislative activity at the heart of where it all happens—Washington, D.C. Teens will discuss issues that are important to them, learn how to lobby for those issues, and have an opportunity to actually go to Capitol Hill and meet with our congressmen and women.
Berlin Trip (10th Grade)
February 13th–February 18th, 2020
There are few cities quite as evocative for modern Jews as Berlin—the city of the Enlightenment which helped give birth to Reform Judaism and the city of emancipation where Jews confidently rose to meet the challenge of life in the modern world. It is an energetic city that demonstrates the high points of integration and success, as well as the low points of persecution and destruction. Rabbi Greg Weitzman will lead you through encounters with people and places that will have you explore who you are as we visit the birthplace of Reform Judaism and Rodeph Sholom’s roots. Enrollment in the Confirmation program is required to be part of this trip.