During the religious school year, our community’s Jewish 7-12th graders engage in meaningful, educational programming, kicking-off with our Teen Dinner, followed by our learning programs.
Teen Tuesday Evenings Include:
Teen Dinner, Tuesdays 6:00 - 6:30 pm
Edcuational Program, Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Teens enjoy studying and experiencing Judaism alongside their friends, serve our community as philanthropists, justice seekers and role models, and find joys in Judaism that inspire them to live meaningfully as engaged Jewish young adults.
Teen Tuesday is broken down into three programs, each with its own exciting, unique curriculum:
MPOW is our education program for 7th and 8th grade students.
Members of MPOW have the opportunity to MPOWer themselves through participation in our weekly programs that are grounded in Jewish values, study, lively discussions with special guest speakers, and hands-on community service projects. Throughout our 2-year curriculum, our students both study and experience Jewish values as they bring them to life through action. Our talented MPOW staff make MPOW Teen Tuesday programs a special part of the week. Attendance for 7th grade B’nai Mitzvah students is required. For our committed and MPOWered 8th grade students, the year ends with a special overnight trip with clergy and education staff!
POWTY Foundation is our education program for 9th and 10th grade students.
Members of the POWTY Foundation engage with Judaism through study, discussion, decision making, fundraising and philanthropy. This unique, impactful program has a curriculum that is both challenging and rewarding for participants. Our year of learning takes us out of the synagogue and into organizations in our community doing sacred, justice-seeking work, prioritizes teen fundraising projects small and grand, and culminates with a powerful Check Ceremony. Not only is the program unique, making it a great resume item, but it also teaches skills, and makes Judaism accessible, in ways that teens cannot experience anywhere else. Over the past 6 years of the program, the POWTY Foundation has fundraised and donated over $19,000 to nonprofit organizations on Long Island.
Kabbalat Torah is our education program for 11th and 12th grade students.
Students in Kabbalat Torah study with Rabbi Z, and occasionally with Cantor Franco & Rabbi Pollak, for two years filled with discussion, debate, growth and Jewish learning. Students graduate from their final education program at The Community Synagogue feeling confident in their Jewish identity, and excited for continued Jewish learning throughout their lives. The program culminates for 12th grade graduates in a special confirmation ceremony (and your picture up on the wall of the synagogue!).