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teens travel with temple israel

An important part of our teen engagement programming is the opportunity to travel with other teens. This year, our 8th-12th grade students are invited on a journey to the American South for a Civil Rights experience.  Please review the materials below from our August 30th informational meeting and reach out with any questions before the Sept. 13th registration deadline! 

If you missed our short informational meeting, you can watch the Zoom recording here

You can find a sample itinerary of this trip here and information on Tzedek America here


If you have further questions, please contact Rabbi Berezin

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.

Twice each 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. 



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 partnering with Beth El’s Hebrew High for all our Mitzvah Corps dates, and will follow the FRAME, SERVE, REFLECT structure for each experience.


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

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

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 Director of Education Jennie Gates Beckman.

Mon, September 25 2023 10 Tishrei 5784