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Beth El Teens participate together in a safe, fun, and Jewish environment. Teens can connect with their peers and have authentic Jewish experiences. Our integrated educational and social programming prepares Jewish teens to be confident and thoughtful Jewish adults. Through Thursday Night Teens (TNT), United Synagogue Youth (USY), and the Madrich program, our teens connect with peers and create experiences rooted in Jewish culture and values.

The wide array of programming available to Beth El Teens includes social justice programs, leadership development, holiday and Shabbat celebrations, and discussions of current and hot topics. Beth El Teens experience Judaism in the broader San Diego community through the Jewish Film Festival, collaborative events with other synagogues, and regional youth group programming. The madrich program offers opportunities for those interested in volunteering here at Beth El to assist in educating VTS students. Teens can also volunteer at local Jewish communal and organizational events.

Thursday Night Teens (TNT)

Thursday Night Teens (TNT) includes our 8th-12th graders and meets every Thursday night from 6:00-8:00pm. During TNT our teens develop the skills needed to navigate our changing world as informed by Jewish thought. They gain an opportunity to engage in more mature learning about current events and contemporary Jewish life, as well as engaging in social and USY-related programs. This includes dedicated time for all grades to participate together in teen-led planning, activities and socialization, as well as for participants to connect in grade-level cohorts.  Dinner will be provided.
 
Our TNT participants also connect with the broader San Diego Jewish community, through events such as the ADL's Walk Against Hate, the annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Teen Screen and the Shabbat San Diego Challah Bake.
 
 

United synagogue youth (USY) 

USY is the Conservative Movement’s program for Jewish teens across North America. USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences.  
 
USY at Beth El is an engaging and meaningful experience with many opportunities for leadership and connection. Our chapter has won many awards, including earning recognition as a Chapter of Excellence for over 5 years. Chapter members are eligible to attend a variety of Beth El USY, San Diego, Far West regional, national and international events.
 
Chapter membership fees are $75, which also enables a member to attend the USY program during TNT.  Additional costs may be associated with programming, including $7.50 for each weekly TNT dinner.
 

Madrichim

9th-12th Graders are eligible to serve as Madrichim (guides, counselors) in the Viterbi Torah School.  Teens play a variety of roles in our school, both supporting and assisting teachers, and guiding and role modeling great behavior, and dedication to community, for our students.  
 
Madrichim are assigned roles based on their unique skills and interests so that all participants can make a personally satisfying contribution.  Teens are eligible to accrue community service hours for their work in the school.
 

our leadership

                       

contact


Cheryl Katz, Director of Jewish Learning
cheryl@cbe.org  |  858-452-1734 x 224
 
 

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Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782