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YOUTH AND TEEN PROGRAMS

Youth and teen years are a special focus at Beth Ahabah. We have a number of opportunities for our youth (grades 2-5) and middle schoolers (grades 6-7) to engage in social events on Sunday afternoons following religious school. The Temple also offers multiple ways for teens to stay engaged. We combine an exciting program of core classes and electives for students in 8th, 9th and 10th grades with informal education, social activities and social-action events. Congregation Beth Ahabah’s youth group, JeRAFTY, gives 8th-12th grade students the opportunity to explore and have fun with other Jewish teens at the Temple and all across the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

 

Monday Night Beit Midrash

Monday night Beit Midrash is a multi-generational program of learning for teens and adults.  The course selection is varied and open to all ages with 3 semesters per year.

Beit Midrash Course Selection and Registration

Midrasha Retreat

The weekend gives 8th-10th graders an opportunity to laugh, talk and explore. Each year there is a theme helping students to develop perspective and language that is relevant to their lives in regards to issues of faith and Jewish identity.

JeRAFTY and NFTY MAR

Our youth group is for 8th-12th grade students. JeRAFTY has activities and hangouts throughout the year. Also, there are five NFTY MAR regional weekends where students travel to other cities or camps in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Students are picked up and dropped off here in Richmond, and travel on a bus with other Jewish teens.

L'Taken Social Justice Seminar (Confirmation Trip)

Every year Beth Ahabah’s 10th grade class goes away for a weekend to explore being Jewish and connecting with their classmates. This year the class will be going to L’Taken in Washington, DC.

Kick-Off and End of Year Activities

Activities are open to all 8th-12th grade students. These social programs commonly include a trip to G-Force Go-Carting, Paintball and Lasertag, a trip to Kings Dominion and other social programs.

Madrichim

Become a teacher’s assistant for Sunday religious school classes!

Click here to download an application.

Israel Experiences

NFTY in Israel — Summer travel experiences for American Reform teenagers. Choose from 5 specialty trips, including a visit to Eastern Europe, a high school semester, a trip through the lens of social justice, and a sci-tech Israel trip.

URJ Heller High  — 4-month study in Israel with other American Reform teenagers with over 3,500 alumni since its founding in 1961, URJ Heller High (formerly NFTY-EIE) is the most experienced and most trusted high school program in Israel for meaningful Jewish learning, spiritual experiences, personal growth, and academic success.

Alexander Muss Study in Israel — Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) offers 6-week, 8-week and full 18-week semester programs throughout each year. Study on the go with our experiential Israel Studies Curriculum, spanning 4,000+ years of Jewish and Israeli history, learning at the sites where events took place. Plus, you can earn college credit!  

NFTY’s High School Leadership Summer Camp

Kutz Camp - URJ Kutz Camp brings together hundreds of the most passionate Reform Jewish teen leaders from around the world for a summer of leadership development, deep learning, and joyful Judaism.

College Outreach

Kesher — Reform Movement’s college program

Hillel — Jewish Student Union on most college campuses across North America

Birthright — Free trip to Israel for young Jewish adults 18-26

 

Tue, August 21 2018 10 Elul 5778