Bogrim Class meets every Monday 6:00-7:45pm.
Led by Moran Lantner and Rabbi Val Lieber.
Bogrim (meaning "mature") helps students hone and articulate their Jewish sense of self. Teens are challenged to think about deep Jewish ideas like our place in history, responsibility to one another, being powerful while being victims of anti-semitism, and much more. Teens tackle these concepts through fun, accessible entry points.
In the 2023-2024 year we will explore Judaism through film & tv, art, meditation and movement, Tanakh study, poetry and music. These are effective ways to learn about complex issues in a way teens find enjoyable after a long day at school.
Each Monday we begin with dinner and socializing which is incredibly important for building community and friendships; because while many of the teens know each other from Hebrew School and synagogue, our students attend several different public and private schools.
There are many other programs in which our students participate outside of Kane Street including
The Shalom Hartman Institute’s Teen Fellowship is an opportunity for Jewish high schoolers in grades 10-12 to cultivate their Jewish identities and worldviews. Participants study with preeminent Hartman Institute scholars, contemplate fundamental Jewish questions, and join a community of insightful and motivated peers and mentors from across North America. The program is largely online and students meet up for weekends twice a year.
The JTS Ivry Prozdor Teen Learning Program meets Sundays at the seminary campus in Morningside Heights, bringing together a diverse group of teens from the metro area to access classical Jewish texts, improve their Hebrew, and find contemporary meaning in the concepts and values of Jewish tradition. Students in grades 8-12 are guided by dedicated faculty, students are encouraged to ask the questions that matter to them and develop answers that speak authentically to them as young Jews in the 21st century.
HaZamir Brooklyn is one of 36 chapters of Jewish teen choirs across the United States where musically talented teens learn choral music at the highest level and perform. The Brooklyn chapter rehearses weekly at Congregation Beth Elohim. Once a year the chapters gather and perform at Carnegie Hall.
Coming soon are more teen learning programs
from Luria Academy
~ Manhigut ~
Madrichim means "counselor" or "someone who shows the way." In the Madrichim program teens have a chance to grow their skills and knowledge and be guides to younger children, showing them the way into Judaism.
More specifically, the Madrichim gives students in Grades 7-12 the opportunity to lead and assist in the Hebrew School and Shabbat youth services. Rabbi Val supervises this robust program with help this year from rabbinic intern, Iliana Brodsky
This year we have 21 Madrichim working on weekday afternoons weekly assisting teachers in classes from Pre-K through Grade 6. Many Madrichim also meet one-on-one with students who need individual Hebrew help. They provide extra help during craft activities and are excellent role models for younger children. One Madricha even leads a Jewish meditation elective for kids Grades 3-6. Six students are Shabbat Madrichim assisting Rabbi Val Lieber at Minyan Noar, the weekly service for Grades 3-6.
These students get training and guidance, plus–once they’re 14–they get paid. Many of them go on to work as CITs and counselors in summer camp and Rabbi Val provides references for them for high school, college and job applications.
Some students find seeing Hebrew School from the inside stirs them to appreciate their own learning in past years more highly. Leading as Madrichim may spark renewed pride in Jewish identity and affirmation of commitment to ongoing Jewish learning.
Several post-B'nai Mitzvah students lead in the main sanctuaryservice from time to time during Grades 8-12. Some students lead the Torah and Musaf service; others chant Torah and Haftarah. Some students reprise the Haftarah portion they chanted at B'nai Mitzvah. Cantor Sarah Myerson guides teens in building their prayer and leyning skills.
Our BBYO youth group chapter meets every Tuesday evening during the school year and also has special events some weekends and conventions a few times a year. Our BBYO chapter Yalla holds most events together with the chapter from Park Slope Jewish Center, Mellech, because many of them know each other from school and other activities. They meet at Kane Street Synagogue, Park Slope Jewish Center and around the neighborhood. This year has been an outstanding year so far with 15 to 20 students attending some events and 12 very active teens.
BBYO is primarily social, and that is very important for teens. Jewish content and leadership opportunities are also a part of the program. Some of the recent events held include a karaoke nght, bubble tea meet-up, discussion of Anti-semitism, Hanukkah party, cake decorating competition, Winter regional convention - at which our chapter claimed the spirit award for the second year in a row!
BBYO is an international youth movement founded in 1941. Our chapter Yalla was founded by teens in the congregation in 2018. BBYO is open to students entering 8th grade through the completion of 12th grade. Membership costs $249 and covers all 5 years. BBYO also offers summer experiences.
Four students from our chapter attended the 2023 international Convention in Dallas where Jewish teens from across the world met up and learned from guests including Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff, Jodi Kantor of the NY Times, Deborah Lipstadt, actors, athletes and business-people.
~ Tikkun Olam / Tzedek Hevrati ~
Repairing the World / Social Justice
In the fall of 2023 we are thrilled to launch JYCM - a new chapter/kvutzah of the growing Jewish Youth Climate Movement under the aegis of Adamah. Our new chapter is jointly organized with the teens of Park Slope Jewish Center and Hannah Senesh Community Day School. It is open to all teens. We kick off our kvutzah with introductions during our teen High Holy Day services with our first event on Sukkot afternoon in Prospect Park. This event will be led by teens on the leadership board of JYCM and will include a nature walk, text study and organizing. For more information, please contact Rabbi Val
JYCM is very teen-led and gives teens excellent opportunities to build leadership skills along with providing a critical venue to help remake our world.
We collaborate with Repair The World Brooklyn in two main ways to direct our teens toward tikkun olam:
1) Several of our teens have been trained as members of the Teen Service Corps for a season. The Teen Service Corps is a 3-6 week service learning program in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Throughout the program rising 9th through 12th graders create an amazing teen community of change-makers, learn about social justice through a Jewish and interfaith lens, and volunteer to make NYC a more equitable place for all!
During the year, Repair The World gathers teens from Manhattan and Brookly for a monthly teen program. We have held one event here so far (in the Sukkah) and hope to hold more. When the activities are not held here, we direct our students to the location.
Our synagogue's Tzedek Committee welcomes teens to participate in our ongoing work in these four areas: immigration, environmental justice, racial justice and homelessness.
There are dozens of exceptional Jewish teen summer opportunities, from camp to travel, and tikkun olam programs to Jewish learning. Many of our teens take advantage of these incredible offerings and several are listed below.
The Synagogue offers scholarships—for teens attending immersive summer programs—see below for more details.
A great way to find a program best for you, Find Your Summer is a clearing house of hundreds of Jewish teen summer programs including internships, social action and volunteering programs, camps, lravel to Israel and Europe, sports and outdoor adventure programs, academics and Jewish learning, LGBTQ+ programs. Find Your Summer also guides you to scholarships. You can narrow your search by length and timing of the program, ages included, type of activities, special needs and more.
Teens attend programs as participants and some train as leaders in CIT programs to become counselors.
Some of the programs our teens have attended recently and others recommended by Rabbi Val include:
These scholarships are funded by generous synagogue members. Applications for summer 2024 are due December 10, 2023. Scholarships are awarded to members to help fund programs at accredited camps, travel and other Jewish summer programs. Students usually receive between $900 - $1500 with multiple receipients. Apply here.
Mordechai Friedman Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship was founded by Dr Ellen Friedman and Mordechai Friedman z”l, of blessed memory. After Mordechai passed away in 2019, the scholarship was renamed in his memory. The scholarship is intended to help teens enrich their experiences as Jews. It may be used for any Jewish activities or endeavors, including social action, travel, seeding new programs or attending existing programs.
Teen Support, Specialty Programs,
and Other School-Year Learning
Keshet offers a variety of initiatives to support, empower, and celebrate queer youth ages 13-18 and 18-24. From LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbatonim in the springtime to nline programming to azine, you have a place in the Keshet community!
Moving Traditions emboldens Jewish youth to thrive through the pursuit of personal wellbeing (shleimut), caring relationships (hesed), and a Jewish and feminist vision of equity and justice (tzedek). Rosh Hodesh for teen girls, Shevet for teen boys and Tzelem for non-binary teens are their flagship programs.
About Rabbi Valerie Lieber, Director of Education & Family Programs
Rabbi Val, leads our children's and youth Jewish Education and Family Programs. She is the Principal of the Hebrew School, and also supervises teen programming. Click here to learn more about Rabbi Val.