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Senior POWTY - Youth engagement program for 8th - 12th grade students
Senior POWTY offers multiple entry points for teens to continue their personal Jewish journeys. Participants in all of our POWTY Youth Programs develop and embrace their identities as Jews through involvement in our vibrant Jewish youth community, where programs focus on nourishing and strengthening the three core elements of every human being, mind, soul, and community, and a lifelong connection to Judaism is created and enjoyed. Tikkun olam (healing the world) projects, Shabbat and holiday programs and celebrations, social events, cultural experiences, NFTY-NAR programs, trips and overnights are all offered to Senior POWTY members throughout the year.
Senior POWTY Events
Jewish Civil Rights Journey - Click to RSVP and save your spot with a $250 deposit
Journey to the deep south with Lindsay POWTY & Rabbi Z for an incredible 4 days of learning & fun!
Trip Dates: April 12-15, 2018
Etgar 36, our trip’s organizer, uses the history, sites, and current issues of each city as a springboard to highlight the relationship, and at times, the tension, of the Jewish and American identity. The journeys are a mix of fun, sightseeing, education, and meetings with organizations and people who have been and are still involved in creating America. Our trip cost includes all travel, accommodations, ground transportation, admission and programming costs. Almost all meals are also included. To learn more about our Journey: http://www.etgar.org/group-trips/social-change-journeys/.
Early bird Registration (By June 30, 2017): $950. Payment due in full by December 1, 2017. balance of $700 due December 1.
Regular Registration: $1,000 Depost of $250 after June 30, $750 due December 1.
For 8-12th grade POWTY Members
Our program meets weekly, on Tuesdays from 6-7:45 pm, and dinner is always included! Our four program topics, Studying, Rejoicing, Seeking Justice and Mentoring, offer our teen members a variety of ways to learn, grow and engage in the Jewish community. On Study evenings, 12th graders participate in Kabbalat Torah/Confirmation class, 10th and 11th graders participate in the POWTY Foundation, our Jewish teen philanthropy program, and 8th and 9th graders participate in the POWTY Tikkun Team, our community service learning program. Teens are also welcome to register as POWTY Madrichim and serve as student leaders in our religious school!
More About our Learning Programs, which meet once per month on POWTY Tuesdays!
POWTY Tikkun Team: 8th & 9th grade members of the Team will get the chance to learn about Judaism and their world through experience, will be challenged to take action, and will be inspired to puruse tzedek (justice) through our hands-on community service learning program!
POWTY Foundation: 10-11th grade POWTY members meet with Lindsay once per month to learn about Jewish values and perspectives on giving, philanthropy, and areas of need on Long Island. Together, the group identifies their shared values, beliefs, and mission for their Jewish philanthropy board by crafting a mission statement as a team, and together they review grant proposals from dozens of Long Island non-profit organizations and attend site visits for selected organizations before deciding where to grant their funds, which are both granted to and fundraised by the group. In the past four years, POWTY Foundation members have granted almost $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations!
Madrichim Program: 8-12th grade POWTY members are invited to be role models and have lots of laughs with our youngest students as madrichim! Our madrichim come each week to serve as teaching assistants in one of our Sunday classes. It’s a great opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with the teacher you work with and get to know many great kids. Meanwhile, you’ll develop teaching skills which might come in handy later in life.
Kabbalat Torah (Confirmation): This year of study with Rabbi Z is the final learning opportunity for 12th grade POWTY members, which culminates with a special ceremony – and your picture up on the wall of the synagogue! 12th graders are invited to discuss, debate and study with Rabbi Z for a wonderful year of Jewish learning and growth.
POWTY has been busy...
Healing the world!
POWTY Teens worked alongside teens from August Martin High School in Queens to brighten and bring cheer to their school with paint! Our POWTY Publicolor Day of Service was a meaningful day of Tikkun olam for all of our POWTY participants!
Celebrating Shabbat together!
Senior POWTY members celebrate Shabbat together many times throughout the year, and we always add a fun POWTY twist! We have themed Shabbat evenings, Shabbat programs on the road, Shabbat dinners with members of Chaverim, our synagogue’s senior group, and of course, our yearly All POWTY Shabbat for all of our members in grades 4-12!
Spending time together!
POWTY celebrated the end of a stressful midterm period this year at our “Sayonara Midterms Hibachi Party”!
Exploring our Jewish Culture!
At one of our POWTY Holiday Culinary Academy sessions this year, Senior POWTY members learned to make noodle kugel two ways!
Celebrating our Jewish Heritage!
Senior POWTY members love to celebrate our Jewish heritage! One of our favorite events is our Lower East Side Scavenger Hunt, where we explore an area rich with Jewish culture, tradition, and history... not to mention, delicious foods! Here we are at the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue in the Lower East Side!
Volunteering at TCS Events!
POWTY teens come together to volunteer and support some of the many great events in our community, such as Maccabiah Youth Sports Day & Mitzvah Day!
Want to join POWTY for some of our wonderful tikkun olam, religious, and social events? Contact Lindsay Ganci to get involved!