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BATTY Teen Board 2020-2021 Application is Open!

Beth Ahabah’s Teens and Temple Youth, also known as BATTY, is Congregation Beth Ahabah’s Temple Youth Group (TYG). BATTY is designed to bring Jewish teens together with the goal of building a stronger local community of Jewish youth. In the 2019-2020 year, BATTY held events at the Temple, like the BATTY Movie Night Lock In and the First Friday Teen Takeover, went on Field Trips to local Escape Rooms, and held Virtual events like weekly hang outs and a Virtual Teen Shabbat.  

To ensure that programs are teen-focused, engaging, and providing growth, we need teen leadership to drive BATTY decision making in the 2020-2021 year. We need YOU!  

We invite you to apply for BATTY’s 2020-2021 Teen Leadership Board!  Click Here to start your application!

All applications can be emailed to Programs@BethAhabah.org with the subject line “BATTY Board Application.” Deadline for submission is Sunday, June 25th at 11:59pm. Selected candidates will be notified on Friday, July 10th.  

YOUTH AND TEEN PROGRAMS

Virtual Teen and Youth Hangouts During COVID-19 Social Distancing:

Dear Beth Ahabah's Teens and Temple Youth (BATTY), 

Out of caution and concern for your families and the public, and to continue to build a strong community of Jewish Youth in central Virginia, we will be hosting virtual programming for Beth Ahabah's teens and youth until social distancing recommendations are lifted. Events will be live, fun, and casual as we come together for support and laughs. 

Virtual Hangouts will be taking place on Zoom, a free online meeting space. Planned activities and conversations will take about 60 minutes, but the hangout will remain open for an additional 60 minutes so teens, youth, and families can continue to see each other, connect, and chat in an unstructured setting.

To access Zoom, visit www.zoom.us on a computer or download the Zoom app on a smartphone. To join BATTY virtual events, you will need the meeting link or meeting ID and passcode, which can be found in the weekly E-News. Questions? Email Allie at programs.bethahabah.org. 

Virtual BATTY Schedule:

  • Grades 8-12 will meet Thursdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Grades 6-8 will meet Tuesdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Grades 2-5 will meet Sundays from 10:30am to 12:30pm

 

Bringing Jewish teens and youth together to celebrate Jewish Life and community is a special focus at Beth Ahabah. We have a full calendar of opportunities for our youth groups and teens to engage in social events and Jewish learning through fun. Check out some of our options below to see what activities your teens and youth can get involved with!

 

Grades 8-12

BATTY - or Beth Ahabah's Teens and Temple Youth - is Beth Ahabah's Temple Youth Group for 8th - 12th graders to come together to celebrate community and Jewish culture. Our goal is to provide fun, meaningful, and immersive Jewish programming that allows teens to explore their values and feel connected to the Jewish community. 

BATTY programs are created for teens, by teens. All programming for the 2019-2020 was designed by our teen leadership to ensure that we are providing activities and information that teens are interested in and excited about. All events are open to Beth Ahabah teen members and select events are open to unaffiliated teens who are looking to connect to the Jewish community in Richmond. Email programs@bethahabah.org for questions about BATTY Programming. 

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! Register below today!

BATTY MIDDLE: GRADES 6-8

BATTY Middle is Beth Ahabah's Teens and Temple Youth Group for 6th - 8th graders. Because most of our middle school members attend weekly Religious School on Sundays, BATTY Middle comes together quarterly to focus on having fun in and out of Jewish spaces and strengthening  the friendships and bonds our middle school students have with each other.  Our goal is to provide fun, meaningful, and immersive programming that allows middle schoolers to develop a strong sense of self and feel connected to the Jewish community. 

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! Register below today, and email programs@bethahabah.org for questions about BATTY Middle Programming. 

BATTY Junior: GRADES 2-5

BATTY Jr. is Beth Ahabah's Teens and Temple Youth Group for 2nd - 5th graders. Because most of our BATTY Jr. members participate in weekly Religious School on Sundays, BATTY Jr. focuses on having fun in and out of Jewish spaces and strengthening  the friendships and bonds our members have with each other outside the classroom.  Our goal is to provide fun, meaningful, and immersive programming that allows our youth to explore Judaism from a social lens and feel connected to the Jewish community. 

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! Register below today, and email programs@bethahabah.org for questions about BATTY Jr. Programming. 

 

URJ's NFTY-MAR

Congregation Beth Ahabah is excited to be a member of the Union for Reform Judaism and to offer teen opportunities through the NFTY-MAR (Mid-Atlantic Region) Program - there are five NFTY MAR regional weekends where students travel to other cities or camps in the Mid-Atlantic Region to thrive in a larger Jewish teen network and take part in a global Jewish movement. 

 

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. Email programs@bethahabah.org for more information about L'Taken 2020. 

 

Madrichim

Madrichim are 8-12th grade members of Beth Ahabah who support Religious School Teachers with classes in Hebrew, Judaics, and Prayer for our stuents ages 3-13. 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

 

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