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Hebrew High

As part of our commitment to engage our community with a modern spiritual, educational and social Jewish experience that uplifts our lives, we have reimagined our teen learning program. One aspect of our teen learning program is Hebrew High, which offers opportunities for teens to continue exploring their personal Jewish identities while also connecting to their local, national, and worldwide Jewish community.

Once a month, we partner with Beth El Synagogue to explore what it means to be Jewish in Omaha and throughout the world. Through conversations with the clergy and high-energy activities, these collaborative sessions help to broaden our horizons and create a wider community. Each one is different from the other, helping our teens to learn more.  

For a printable "blueprint" giving an overview of each component, click here. Our curriculum focuses on relevant Jewish topics, offering students the opportunity to share thoughts, dig into challenging issues, and even debate with their peers. Our unique games, discussions, and camp-style programming create an environment that welcomes questions and exploration about what it means to be Jewish. 

 

MITZVAH CORPS

The Mitzvah Corps component of Temple Israel’s Hebrew High is dedicated to Jewish service learning. 

This is an opportunity for our teens in grades 8-12 to engage in hands-on volunteering to learn about and contribute to our local non-profits through a Jewish lens. During the 2023-2024 year, we are excited to be following the FRAME, SERVE, REFLECT structure for each experience.

FRAME: 

  • Roles and Expectations  
  • Community Need 
  • Impact 
  • Expression of Jewish values 

SERVE:
Group volunteer opportunities will always include a hands-on project. 

REFLECT: 
By rooting our work in issue area context and Jewish values, teens gain a deeper connection to the subject. Reflection is a useful tool to allow our teens to debrief their experiences and how their preconceptions might have shifted. 
 

For more information about Hebrew High, please contact our Education Administrative Assistant Ilana Linthicum.

Community opportunities for teens 

Locally our teens have the opportunity to participate in the Annual B’nai B’rith Bible Quiz in December.

The B’nai B’rith Bible Quiz has been a tradition for decades and an event that high school students and the community has eagerly anticipated. Last year the format and subject was updated significantly to add new interest and attract more participants - which it did!  

Stay tuned for more detail - information will be shared here once the 2024 date and topic is selected. 

teens travel with temple israel

An important part of our teen engagement programming is the opportunity to travel with other teens.

 

Save the Date: L'Taken January 31-Febraury 3. 

Temple Israel is headed to Washington, D.C., and you’re invited! Learn about social justice issues you’re passionate about, develop life-long advocacy & leadership skills, meet with your members of Congress’ office, and explore our nation’s capital!

If you have further questions, please be in touch with Ilana

Mon, June 17 2024 11 Sivan 5784