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Kesher Hadash is an exciting and wide-ranging way for our teenagers of the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in grades 8-12 to stay connected to each other, our synagogue, and Judaism in general. Members will meet approximately twice a month, usually on Sundays from 12 noon - 2 p.m. (including lunch). Certain events (trips, parties, etc) will meet at other times. Our programs all fall into at least one of three core categories:
Social Action: Not only do students get community service credits (if required by their public school), but they see the connection between their Jewish identity and helping to make the world a better place.
Creative Learning: Utilizing music, art, and spirited conversations, teens engage in a frank exploration of Jewish responses to teen issues such as sex, substance abuse, pop culture and the pressures of being a 21st century teenager. We also explore interesting topics (Jewish feminism, environmentalism, comparative religions, etc.) at a more challenging and dynamic level than was possible in Hebrew school.
Fun Stuff: Just as important as new knowledge is the ability to create community through more informal get-togethers such as trips, parties, and other fun activities.
Please call or email Cantor Eric Schulmiller (email@example.com) for more information.
Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girls Thing and Girls Dinner Club
“Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girls Thing” is a vibrant monthly program for girls grades 8-10. It is based on the Jewish tradition of women’s New Moon celebrations to build self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills and friendship networks of adolescent girls. Now in its 9th year nationally, this enormously successful program is being replicated in many cities for girls of all Jewish affiliations.
The meetings provide a supportive environment where girls can explore the social and cultural issues they encounter as they become adults and derive their own authentic Jewish values in response to challenges they face. The small groups are designed to provide a celebratory, empowering setting in which girls can support each other in growing and learning while having lots of fun. The program’s success is due, in part, to the participatory mixture of discussing issues, traditions and role models, making crafts and writing stories, rejoicing with song and dance, socializing and munching.
Beginning fall 2012 we are introducing a new Girls Dinner Club for girls in grade 11 and 12. We will meet once a month for dinner and discussion.
Please call Rabbi Jodie Siff for more information at (516) 627-6274.
Boy’s Group (aka “Bro’s Hodesh”)
“Bro’s Hodesh” is our exciting new group for boys grades 8-10. Designed by the same highly-acclaimed educators who created “Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girls Thing,” our boys group, led by Cantor Eric, provides a unique opportunity for boys to engage in an exploration of manhood in the 21st century, using games, sports, challenges, and a safe place to learn and grow from one another. Call or email Cantor Eric for more information.