Tichon: The Teen Institute at TBAY

Tichon: the Teen Institute at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael

Calling all teens!  Looking for a way to connect Jewishly?  Interested in an exciting learning and service opportunity with your peers at the temple?  Then look no further – Tichon: the Teen Institute at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael has it all! 

Tichon means “high school” in Hebrew, and still has the letters “TI” (for Teen Institute) in it!  Our logo of a little tree represents how we view our students: from the roots planted in Shorashim, our religious school, our teen-aged students are growing and blossoming into young Jewish adults.  We look forward to a year of watering their Jewish souls and watching them grow!

The Tichon program fosters our teen learners’ relationships with our synagogue community, the Jewish people, Israel, and the greater world, where we explore current events, Jewish texts, Jewish arts and culture, and the values the Jewish tradition can give to teens navigating our modern world.  We also eat together, as food is central to forming community, and allows our teens to enjoy socializing (face to face and not just through social media!) and catching up with each other and our teen educators.

Tichon includes our “core” program, special events centered around holidays and “hot topics” and current issues facing Jewish teens today, as well as teen-driven long-term projects as well as teen-choice electives.  Interested in learning traditional Jewish texts?  Love Jewish music?  Want to learn how to lead services?  Interested in what Judaism has to say about the things that are on your mind?  Want to know about the connection between superheroes and Jews?  Our new electives will give you the chance to explore these topics and more!  All Jewish teens in the community are welcome, so bring your friends!

All Tichon meetings will be held on Sundays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm.
Topics will include: Superheroes and Judaism, Rock and Roll, Food Fun, Harry Potter, Current Events, and much more! 
2020 meetings will be announced soon!
We are also always looking for teens to join our Madrichim Corps or the Mini-Minyan Leaders! 
For more information please contact Ann Kanarek, Teen Institute Director at annkanarek@tbaynj.org or Gigi Schwartz, Administrative Assistant at religiousschooloffice@tbaynj.org


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