This year we are pleased to offer a catalog of choices for our 9th-12th grade students which we collectively call JTJ: Judea Teen Journeys. The cost to participate in the program is $300. This includes as few as one and as many as all of the applicable programs. See details below for any programs/trips with additional costs. Please note: some options will require an application or audition. Please look through all of the options and select which ones work best for your teen by clicking here. All programs will be dependent on enrollment.
The Art of the Teen with theatre dybbuk– Grades 9-12
Meets 6 to 7 times during the school year, off campus, Dates TBD
Through theatre dybbuk and The Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) The Art of the Teen offers monthly performance-based gatherings to teens throughout Los Angeles. The program consists of a series of themed nights in which all participants engage socially while learning skills related to theatre and performance, such as improv, comedy, musical theatre, and storytelling. This program is not limited to teens from Temple Judea. Our teens will be participating with other Jewish teens from around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Locations and dates TBD. Please keep in mind that there will be small additional costs for dinner.
No registration fee associated with this program. Please email to sign up and for more information.
Butterflies Bespeak with Laura Clumeck – Grades 9-12
Meets once a month on Mondays from 5:15-6:45pm
In this class, we will create art with heart, inspiration and purpose! We will examine World History, Art History, Psychology and Social Studies, while creating our own form of Social Action. We will engage in activities to empower our identity and help to understand and appreciate the differences in others. We will spend time learning about the Holocaust and giving a voice to those who no longer have one with the creation of meaningful art.
Cantors in Training - Grades 9-12
Meets once a month TBD based on participants’ schedules
Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens who sing: Our Cantors In Training program is taking off. Share your musical talent and vocal skill with the Temple Judea community for the High Holy Days and throughout the year. Be a part of JTJ while doing what you love to do. Coaching on Jewish repertoire by the Cantors will enhance your performance abilities and deepen your Jewish connection. Audition to be a part of this core of our Temple Judea community, which meets once a month (TBD based on participants' schedules) and performs at select opportunities (also TBD based on participation and schedules). Click here to request an audition.
Confirmation – Grade 10 (or any 11th and 12th graders who have not yet been confirmed)
Meets once a month with additional meetings in May – see dates below
If Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the affirmation of a community that a person is ready to be an adult in the Jewish community, Confirmation is the affirmation of an adult (teenager) that s/he is ready to be an adult! More importantly (and practically) Confirmation is a fabulous opportunity for students to spend time with the senior clergy staff. We engage in serious learning; we engage in thoughtful discussion and we also manage to have fun.
September 24 - Rabbi Aaronson’s House 9-11am
October 8 - Rabbi Aaronson’s House 9-11am
November 12 - Rabbi Aaronson’s House 9-11am
December 3 - Rabbi Aaronson’s House 9-11am
January 28 - Rabbi Raff’s House 6-8pm
February 25 - Rabbi Raff’s House 6-8pm
March 11 - Rabbi Raff’s House 6-8pm
April 24 – Design and Planning for Service - Temple Judea 7-9pm
May 1 – Design and Planning for Service - Temple Judea 7-9pm
May 8 – Design and Planning for Service - Temple Judea 7-9pm
May 15 – Service Rehearsal - Temple Judea 7-9pm
May 18 – Confirmation Service - Temple Judea
Inclusive Cooking Class - Grades 9-12
Meets once a month, Dates TBD
Culinary Kids Academy brings our teens together with Jewish teens with special needs for a tremendously social and engaging experience where they cook delicious food. While students catch up with old friends and meet new friends, this high energy and stress-free environment makes for a free flowing and hugely successful programming opportunity. They utilize their unique approach to create an environment of approachable, thoughtful, non-denominational learning – making Judaism more tangible and personal through cooking. Classes will alternate each month between Temple Judea and a location somewhere in Los Angeles TBD.
JSTY – Grades 9-12
*Each event costs between $10-$30 depending on the event.
Participants create and run their own programs, hold leadership positions, and have a greater impact on our Temple community. Organized by an elected Board and guided by our Director of Youth and Camping, teens create outings in the community and programs with other synagogues.
Life of a Jewish Teen with Richard Weintraub – Grades 9-12
Meets two Tuesdays each month from 4-6pm (see dates below)
This class is a practical and realistic exploration of issues relevant to teens, a psycho-spiritual approach to life designed to enhance self-esteem, self-worth and self-love, and a participatory class design to build openness, honestly and trust. This class will help you reveal your authentic self, better explore your current high school and future college and career choices, deal with issues with parents and siblings, discuss intimate relationships, fears and finding your purpose in life. It will definitely be a unique classroom environment and experience.
L’taken Religious Action Center Washington DC Service Learning Trip - Grade 10-12
January 19-22, 2018 – Washington D.C.
*There will be an additional cost to participate on this trip. Depending on the number of students who sign up, we estimate the cost to be between $850 and $1250. This price includes airfare, meals, hotel, and the cost of the program itself.
You will have the opportunity to impact our country as you share your views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. The weekend develops by exposing you to a range of topics and eventually encouraging you to focus on a single, specific issue about which you are particularly passionate. On Friday and Saturday, you will have the opportunity to attend programs on a range of topics, including Israel, the environment, reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil rights, church/state separation, international relations and more! On Sunday, with the support of your chaperones and the RAC Staff, you will pick a specific topic and write a speech to deliver on Capitol Hill on Monday.
The program is designed to both expose you to a variety of public policy issues and explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy around these issues. Throughout the weekend, we will give you the knowledge and tools to write an effective, persuasive and passionate speech on a topic of your choice to present when you visit the offices of your Senators and Representatives on the Monday of the program. The Monday hill visits with Congress is a unique experience that very few Americans take advantage of and one that can have a significant impact on the course of legislation. After meeting with our students, Members of Congress have chosen to co-sponsor, offer amendments to and vote for pieces of legislation that participants discussed. We expect to have similar stories to tell after you present your speeches this year.
Of course, we will also take advantage of the vast opportunities available in our nation’s Capitol by visiting the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Mall and celebrating Havdallah at the Jefferson Memorial. And, all the while, you will have the chance to meet and mingle with Reform Jews from across the United States, all of whom are in D.C. for the same reason that you are—to pursue tikkun olam.
Love, Sex, & Relationship Retreat – Grades 9-12
November 3-5 at Camp Hess Kramer
*There will be an additional cost of $250 to participate on this trip. This price includes meals and lodging.
Join Dr. Charles and Amy Miron, certified Masters and Johnson sexologists for a weekend at camp. Students will learn about sexual language, peer pressure, sexual harassment, intimacy, caring, homosexuality, birth control and STDs, and what it means to be in a loving, caring relationship – all from a Jewish perspective. Please visit http://www.wbtla.org/teen-retreat for more information and to register.
Madrichim (Classroom Assistant Program) - Grades 9-12
Choose to volunteer in a classroom on either Sunday mornings from 8:30am-12:00pm (Judaica and Hebrew), OR on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-6:45pm (Judaica and Hebrew). We are happy to offer your teen community service hours for their time!
In addition to their classroom time, all teens engaged in this program commit to “madrichim training,” with our Youth Director, Herschel Bleefeld. This training consists of a once-monthly “Lunch and Learn” program here at Temple following Sunday religious school from 12:00-12:45pm.
The expectation is that your child will participate in at least one other program listed below.
Please click here to fill out an application.
Unpacking for College with Rabbi Spector – Grades 11 and 12
Meets once a month on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm.
Judaism is a religion that celebrates and honors life transitions, and one of the most significant transitions that takes place in a person's life occurs following high school graduation. With the beginning of college, young people are placed in an often overwhelming series of transitions as they learn to live independently, balance social life and rigorous school work, begin to think of their career path, and create new relationships and communities often in a new city or even state. Rabbi Sam Spector will facilitate a seminar to help navigate these challenges. We will have guest speakers and experts come to talk about matters such as: How to pick the right major for you, creating balance between social life and school work, Jewish life on campus, and confront the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement and anti-Semitism in college. This is a must take course for any Jewish pre-college student!
Yoga Shalom with Jen Quick – Grades 9-12
Meets twice a month on Monday evenings from 7-8pm (see dates below)
Yoga Shalom is a unique worship experience that brings together body, mind, and spirit for an extraordinary prayer service. Combining the two powerful spiritual disciplines of Jewish worship and yoga practice, Yoga Shalom leads to deeper understandings of both, and an ability to be more present in prayer and meditation. Whether you have no yoga experience or have been practicing for years, and regardless of age or ability, Yoga Shalom will help you relax your body, calm your mind, and nurture your spirit.