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8th-12th graders at B'nai Israel have the opportunity to participate in our wide range of unique teen programs, which help them form friendships with their peers and deepen their connection to Judaism. There are many ways for teens to get involved, so there is something that is right for everyone! Please contact Rachel Chancellor, Director of Youth Engagement, if you have questions or would like more information.

We ask that you register your teen for Kesher for the 2023-2024 year, using the below form, if your teen is planning to participate in any of these programs.

Kesher Sign-In and Sign-Out Policy

For the safety of all participants and staff, Congregation B’nai Israel is implementing a new sign-in and sign-out policy for all teen events. Teen programs include all BISY and Kesher events, on or off campus. Please note this includes teen participants who are 18 years or older.

Sign-In Policy

At all teen events, teens are required to sign in with the designated BISY representative. If arriving late, please check in with Rachel Chancellor.

Sign-Out Policy

At all teen events, a teen may not leave without being signed out by an adult. Teens are not allowed to sign themselves out, unless their legal guardian has given written consent to the Director of Youth Engagement by completing the Kesher Sign-Out Form.

For last minute purposes, Rachel Chancellor can be texted directly for a specific event. This communication should include who you are virtually signing out, where they are going, and how they are getting there.

What Does Kesher Include?

BISY

B'nai Israel Senior Youth (BISY) is CBI's youth group, open to all 8th-12th graders. BISY hosts teen-led events throughout the year.

One of BISY's most popular traditions are BISY Shul-Ins, which are sleepovers at the temple. These events are always planned by teens, include dinner and breakfast, and are adult-supervised.

BISY is a great opportunity for teens to continue their friendships and form new friendships after their B'nai Mitzvahs.

Jew Crew

Jew Crew, which is new this year, is getting a reboot! It will be a space for teens to hang out with each other and eat pizza every Sunday after Kulanu.

Jew Crew will restart on February 4th right after Kulanu. It will be every Sunday afternoon, from 12:30-1:30.

Hadracha

All 8th-12th graders are invited to join the Hadracha program. If you are interested, reach out to Rachel Chancellor.

B'nai Israel's Hadracha program is an opportunity to gain leadership skills, connect with friends, and act as role model to CBI's  younger generation. 

Hadracha staff can work with any grade (pre-K/K – 7th), with Judaica and/or Hebrew, or help with a Chugim option, like library, art, or cooking. 

The Hadracha program includes leadership development trainings. Lunch is always provided at these trainings, and Hadracha are able to connect with their peers about challenges and successes in their respective roles. Hadracha accrue hours every week that they work, which can be used in the following ways: a Jewish experience (Camp, NFTY, etc), their Confirmation trip, community service hours, or held for future use. They will be notified each spring of their total hours, and will have the opportunity to choose how their hours are allocated.

Confirmation

Confirmation, open to all 10th graders, is an important step toward lifelong Jewish learning. This program seeks to answer students’ questions and help them experience how Jewish values help shape their own lives. The class is based on topics important to students. The confirmation class is led by Rabbi Mona Alfi. More information can be found here.

For information about Confirmation, please contact Rabbi Alfi.  

UPDATED KESHER CALENDAR

Registration:

Please fill out the following form to register your 8th-12th grader for Kesher for the 2023-2024 school year. 

2023 – 2024 KESHER REGISTRATION FORM

Tuition:

Tuition fees for each grade cover BISY, Jew Crew, our Hadracha leadership program, and any other teen events. The fee for 10th grade also includes Confirmation costs. Please see above for more details on teen programming.

  • 8th–9th grades - $360

  • 10th grade - $635 (includes Confirmation)

  • 11th–12th grades - $220

Scholarships are available! 

2023-2024 KESHER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Kesher scholarships are available for any teens who register. Please contact Leslie Oberst, the Executive Director, if you have questions about scholarships.

 

8th-12th graders are able to sign up to provide childcare for ages 3-10 during Friday night services. Teens will be paid $20 per Friday night service, or $30 per Second Shabbes. Please email Rachel Chancellor if you are interested in providing childcare for 2023-2024. They will be in touch with you to coordinate signing up for specific dates.

Please read Congregation B'nai Israel's Childcare Guidelines before signing up to provide childcare.

A Land Twice Promised, with Storyteller Noa Baum

An Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States, Noa weaves together their memories and their mothers' stories. She creates a moving testimony illuminating the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

There will be a brief question-and-answer session after the presentation, followed by an Oneg reception. Recommended for ages 12 and up; students attend for free! Register at the link above.

Volunteer at Camp Nefesh

Teens 13+ are invited to be counselors for Camp Nefesh this summer and receive community service hours. Teens can be counselors, meal prep leads, floaters, specialty area counselors, pre-camp prep, or drivers (if of age). Teens can also be part of the Teen Planning Committee, which meets every other week on Zoom to plan all of Camp Nefesh, with adult guidance. If you are interested, reach out to campnefesh@gmail.com.

NFTY Central West Region 

URJ Heller High – Semester in Israel Program for Jewish High School Students

Teen Justice Fellowship – Powered by the Religious Action Center

Mitzvah Corps

 

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