Teen Programs 8th-12th Grade

Confirm to your Teen that Judaism is Important…

Makom is an opportunity for students in 8th-12th grades to commit to a more formal continuation of their Jewish learning.  Makom offers Pre-Confirmation experience that helps teems begin to think about their role with the larger Jewish community, but also within the context of the secular world. Students will be asked to thing critically about political and ethical implications of decisions we make collectively and individually.

Class is taught by Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz and is intended for teens in grades 8th-9th grades. Confirmation is the culmination of formal learning at Temple B’nai Abraham. Rooted in textual study,

Rabbi Vaisberg helps our young adults cement their connections to Jewish rituals and tradition, while helping them to ascertain the kind of Jewish life they would like to lead.

Temple B’nai Abraham’s Confirmation Programs:

Pre-Confirmation with Rabbi Dantowitz
A chance for teens in 8th and 9th grade to continue their formal education, once a month on Tuesday evenings. We supply the dinner, materials and important topics. The year will end with a local field trip TBD. Call the JLP office for tuition information.

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 PM, September 24, October 29, December 17,  January 21, February 25, March 24, April 21,  May12

Confirmation Class with Rabbi Kulwin
For teens in 10th and 11th grade, this once monthly Tuesday evening class is rooted in traditional text, but brought to life by contemporary culture, politics and current events. What would the Torah, the Rabbis and Jewish literature say about some of the most pressing topics of our time? From fundamentalism to assimilation, to Zionism and apathy, Rabbi Vaisberg will challenge teens to become the next generation of deep thinking, critical Jewish scholars. This class will meet one Tuesday evening per month from 5:45-7:00 PM and includes dinner. A Spring Confirmation Service will culminate our study. An optional trip will be offered at an additional charge.
Call the JLP office for tuition information.

MADRICHIM 8th-12th Grade
Teens in 8th through 12th grade are welcome to work study or volunteer in the JLP as assistant teachers as well as classroom shadows. Please contact Morah Melissa for further information  or to obtain an application call 973.994.3950

BBYO: B’nai Brith Youth 9th-12th Grade
AZA: AZA’s unique programming for young men includes social programming with B’nai B’rith Girls and other AZA chapters.

BBG: BBG offer young women in the community the opportunity to enjoy social and athletic activities,  community service and Jewish programming.

madrichim and bbyo

Page 10 Teen ProgramswebPassport Series

Join TBA clergy and staff for a Passport Series designed for students in 8-12th grade.

Operating on a four year spiral, beginning this coming year, students will participate in four learning sessions geared towards getting ready for one of the following Jewish journeys. Cost to be determined by number of registrants.

YEAR ONE: START SPREADING THE NEWS: A look into the Jewish American experience from immigration (while addressing modern immigration concerns). The Tenement Museum, Ellis Island and the Lower East Side. A Shabbat Service and dinner at NYU and a wonderful community service opportunity.

YEAR TWO: A CIVIL RIGHTS JOURNEY: Visit Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham–the Leo Frank Site, Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, 16th Street Baptist Church and other places important in the struggle for civil rights. Parents are encouraged and welcome to join on this journey, but must also attend the learning sessions.

 YEAR THREE: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY: Eight days in Poland, touring Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw. Meet with high School students from the PolishOrganization, Forum for Dialogue that seeks to reconcile Poland’s past with Jewish history, forgiveness and memory.

YEAR FOUR: A JOURNEY HOME: Israel, our Jewish homeland. 10 days journeying together in the footsteps of the Torah. For each year, pricing, dates and itineraries TBD based upon registration numbers.


The Teen Tikkun Olam  Group is run by students in the TBA High School program. Meetings are twice a month, once during the week and once on the weekend to design,  implement and coordinate community action events. Students beginning in the 8th grade can contribute in meaningful and spiritual community mitzvah projects such as the Thanksgiving Midday Run, Habitat for Humanity and  Car Wash for a Cause.


The JLP is virtual! Stay safe and well!

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