Being in our "Teen Community" at Temple Aliyah at means getting involved in social activities through USY, going to dances, playing on the USY basketball teams, participating in social action projects, learning how to be a leader, tutoring younger kids in Hebrew, or being a madricha (counselor) at our Temple Retreat. Being in a teen community means working together and getting your voices heard! Meeting teens like you from all over New England and North America. Going to Israel or the Ukraine and coming back and telling younger kids about your experience. Being in a teen community means hanging out with friends, new and old.
TEEN HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES
All teenagers in grades 8 to 12 are invited to attend special, separate services outdoors under the tent. We offer two types of experiences for our teens – traditional services led by an experienced rabbinical student with participation of our teens and a more informal discussion style service. Refreshments will be served on both days of Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah Services are from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Yom Kippur Service is from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
JEWISH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Many of our teenagers in grades 8-12 attend Prozdor, a popular, supplementary high school, which is part of Hebrew College and offers academics of superior quality as well as creative Jewish studies. Teens choose their courses from more than 95 electives, and meet kids from all corners of the Greater Boston Jewish community. There are over 900 teens from the metro Boston area enrolled this year. In addition to classroom learning, the Prozdor experience also features Shabbatons, area overnights, and inspiring trips during school-vacation periods to such destinations as New York, Montreal, London, Spain, Eastern Europe and Israel. Visit www.prozdor.edu for more details.
There are literally hundreds of unique social action opportunities in the Boston area, as well as right here in our own backyard. By serving the community, our children learn the importance of tikkun olam, the mitzvah of helping to repair the world. There are many resources to assist in identifying the right project. High-schoolers can fulfill their community-service graduation requirements by participating.
We are in the process of updating and improving the ways in which we communicate with members of our youth programs and their families. Please take a moment and pass along your child/ren’s name, grade, IM screen name, mailing address, and e-mail address, plus your own e-mail address. Send this information to our Youth Director, Hinda Eisen. Please send in your family’s current contact information, even if you think we have it already. This way, you and your kids will be sure to hear about upcoming activities as soon as news becomes available.