Today is August 21st, 2017 -
Sunday afternoons, 1-5pm: September 24, October 1, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12.
Sinai U Design Lab is an intensive program in which a team of Sinai teens go through a rigorous design process to address a real-world challenge at Temple Sinai. In fall of 2016, nineteen teens asked and answered the question: How might we use the Temple’s renovations to deeply engage members and infuse our physical space with the Temple’s core values? The teens conduct interviews, pitch ideas to the community, refine their ideas, make prototypes, and present to decision-makers. The Temple adopted ninety percent of last year’s recommendations. This year’s Design Lab will focus on creating a successful plan for the Weintraub Community Room Café. To register, visit http://bit.ly/SinaiUDesignLab2017.
Sunday mornings 8:30am-12:30pm round trip from the Temple:
October 22, November 12, December 3, January 7, February 11, March 18, May 13
Tikkun Olam Sundays is a service-learning program in which teens volunteer at Jewish Family & Children’s Services Family Table food pantry. A Sinai teacher accompanies the teens both ways on the bus, helps with the tasks at the pantry, and offers a Jewish learning activity during the morning. Teens can sign up by the month. Come earn community service credit! To register email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her which months you’d like to do!
Monthly meetings & activities
TSIPPY is Temple Sinai’s Temple Youth Group and is a member of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. Members meet regularly with Rose and Rabbi Shoshana to hang out together, as well as plan and do hands-on activities that make the world a better place. In 2017, TSIPPY organized a successful fundraiser in which the teens made glazed ceramic bowls and home-made soup, and sold them to raise money for the Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). To get involved email Youth Advisor Rose Levenson at email@example.com.
Every other Sunday 9:30-12:30pm, or on Tuesdays 3:45-5:30pm
Our Madrich Corps members in grades 9-12 help in a religious school classroom on either Sunday mornings or Tuesday afternoons. On select Sunday afternoons, following religious school, Madrich Corps are treated to a special lunch and attend professional development workshops with Rose, our Sinai Youth Advisor. To express interest email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 or more Sunday evenings per year
Students in Grades 10-12 can apply to be a Teaching Fellow on Sinai U Sunday Nights. The Teaching Fellow assists an adult educator with teaching a class for 7-8th graders. Teaching Fellows can receive community service credit and should be able to commit to at least 8 Sundays in a semester. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in being a Sinai U Teaching Fellow!
October 8 – Sukkot on the Farm,
December 3 – JF&CS: Chanukah craft project, likely
December 25 – Making Christmas dinner at the Anna Bissonette House,
More dates coming!
Sheirut Sundays are one-time opportunities to volunteer at various local organizations with Temple members of all ages. Last year’s activities included helping Ganei Beantown: Boston Jewish Gardens with the fall harvest, delivering food with Family Table, making beautiful centerpieces for the Chanukah party at Hebrew Senior Life, cooking Christmas Dinner at the Anna Bissonnette House for formerly homeless elders, and organizing books for More Than Words, which empowers foster youth to run a business. To register email Sinai U member Guy Berreby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8-10 weekly sessions
Come sip hot cocoa while learning together with other Sinai U high schoolers! Winter Seminar is an opportunity to discuss interesting Jewish ideas and texts. It is taught weekly by Rabbi Shoshana between fall and spring sports seasons. Topics are chosen by the teens and could include Jewish history, Torah study, Mussar (Jewish ethics & behavior), Jewish storytelling and more. This course is offered when 5 or more students are interested.
4-6 sessions on Sunday evenings in the spring
In preparation for the transition to college or other post-high school experiences, Rabbi Vogel offers a Senior Seminar to Sinai U 12th graders. Topics include preparing to leave home, self-care in college, and discussing Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on college campuses.
All our teens are welcome to contribute to and participate in general life at Temple Sinai. This can include everything from chanting Torah on Shabbat or the High Holidays to helping with monthly Shabbat@Six community dinners and holiday celebrations (such as Second Night Seder, the Purim celebration , the Chanukah party), or attending Adult Learning classes and Tzedek@Sinai social justice actions. To get involved email Rabbi Shoshana at email@example.com.
External program, exact dates and times TBD
Over the past few years, several Sinai U students have been selected to participate in Legacies: High School Visits. As a member of a Legacies cohort, 9th -12th graders learn more about the Holocaust by interviewing and working with older adult survivors. In teams of two, the teens interview the same survivor three times over the course of the year, create a meaningful project, and learn about life before, during, and after the war. This program provides 25 hours of community service. Training is provided. Application is required.
Weekends in fall, winter, and spring
NFTY is the Reform Jewish youth movement. If you would like to meet Jewish teens from all over our region or the country, attending a NFTY-Northeast regional event or conclavette is a great way to go. TSIPPY is Temple Sinai’s Temple Youth Group, and is a member of NFTY, but any Sinai teen can attend a NFTY event! NFTY also runs transformative programs for teens over the summer in Israel and around the world. Info at northeast.nfty.org, nftyisrael.org.
4 days in Washington, D.C. Date TBD
L’Taken Social Justice Seminars are congregational teen trips to Washington, D.C. run in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). Sinai U members join with other Reform teens from around the country for a dynamic seminar in which they learn about critical social justice issues. They then meet with their federal representatives on Capitol Hill to lobby on the issue of their choosing. Temple Israel has spots for Temple Sinai teens to join their delegation. Email Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest!