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! Every Tuesday evening at 6:15 we gather for dinner together, and then engage in an amazing evening of learning and programming. Tichon offers a lively and engaging setting for Jewish teens to feel comfortable and explore what Judaism and Jewishness means to them.
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 looks 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, with our teen educators, and our rabbis.
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 change to explore these topics and more! All Jewish teens in the community are welcome, so bring your friends!
Tichon meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-8:05 and includes dinner, dessert, and fabulous, engaging teen programming.
We are also always looking for teens to join our Madrichim Corps or the Mini-Minyan Leaders!