Post B’nai Mitzvah Teens
After our first year in 2008-2009 with a dozen students in grades 8-10, we expanded to include older students. We also joined forces with Park Slope Jewish Center, our sister Conservative congregation in the neighborhood so we could have a critical mass of students to enhance our programming.
This year over 20 students will take part in Bogrim! We begin with dinner and socializing; continue by delving into Jewish texts and Jewish religious, cultural and social issues to aid students to develop their personal Jewish identity, theology and Jewish practice during our academic period; after a dessert break we conclude with a social action and leadership development component using the best practices of USY and youth grouping.
Download the 2012 – 2013 Bogrim Calendar
Our Bogrim students will spend 8 Tuesday evening session with other students from seven area synagogues in Brooklyn United Jewish High, a pilot program to bring together Jewish teens from across denomination and geography, pooling our resources to create the most lively high-quality teen education Jewish programming. BUJH meets at Hannah Senesh Community High School. Students enrolled in Bogrim along with those not enrolled in Bogrim are eligible to attend classes. Bogrim tuition includes BUJH tuition.
We also encourage our teens to consider attending the rigorous Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School at the Jewish Theological Seminary on Sundays,to be involved with regional USY programs, summer camping and trips, and we engage many teens as Hebrew School Assistants for which the students are paid a modest salary.
Bogrim is open to interested post B’nai Mitzvah teens in the community. Kane Street Synagogue membership is not required. (The word “bogrim” means “adults” in Hebrew, and in the Jewish world, we consider students after B’nai Mitzvah as adults.) Please contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-875-1550 x 117 for more information or to enroll.
Scholarship for Teenage Jewish Programs
The Ben and Martha Friedman Scholarship supports the teenage (13-18) children of KSS members in their attempts to enrich their experiences as Jews. Children who are planning to engage in a new activity that contributes to the teen’s knowledge of his or her Jewish heritage are invited to apply. Financial need and the applicant’s involvement with the Synagogue activities will be taken into account. Candidates should submit to the Synagogue, c/o Rabbi Weintraub, a 300-500 word proposal describing the activity, and how they believe it will contribute both to an increased knowledge of Judaism and to their overall Jewish pride and identity.