Moving from religious school students to being TBO Teens opens up a world of new experiences.
Our goal is to provide pathways to engage our teens in order for them to play an active role in building their community. Their experiences will also help them find meaning and inspiration, enabling them to strengthen their individual and collective Jewish identities.
Students will be able to say:
- I belong
- I am connected
- I contribute
- I am growing spiritually
- I am enjoying it
- I am learning new ideas or skills and am intellectually challenged
Band Jam Session
Calling all teen musicians! We’ll be getting together to learn some (non-Jewish) songs and jam about once a month. Our newly formed band will also perform at the Religious School End-of-Year BBQ in May! All instruments welcome.
RSVP: Band Jam Session
Organization of Beth Or Youth (OBOY) is the name of our teen youth group and is part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the teen arm of the Union for Reform Judaism. Anyone who participates in TBO teen programming is automatically a member of OBOY. OBOY gives our teens an opportunity to get to know each other better, share experiences/opinions and have fun. OBOY promotes a social environment that incorporates social action, religious experiences and cultural programming. Through board and chair positions, OBOY and NFTY also offer opportunities for teens to develop their leadership skills. By serving on OBOY’s executive board, teens can play a role in shaping the content and programming offered at events throughout the year. TBO’s Shawn Fogel is the advisor for OBOY, as well as the director of all teen activities. He facilitates teen programming with active participation by the rabbi and the cantor.
Students in grades 8-12 are welcome to apply to participate in our religious school madrechim program. Madrechim serve as tutors in Hebrew and Judaic studies and as role models and mentors in our religious school classes. In addition to assisting teachers and staff, these students work to develop better communication and teaching skills, under the direction of our madrechim coordinator.
All madrechim are encouraged and are expected to attend our Teen Community Night Program to continue their own spiritual and educational journey.