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.
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 19 - 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, Click HERE for Dates!
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, Wilshire Blvd Temple, and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
Registration through Culinary Kids Academy for this event is REQUIRED to be fully enrolled and registered to participate in the Inclusive Cooking Class. There is also an $18 fee to enroll in the class. Please complete the form HERE, and scan and email your completed form to .
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. Click HERE for more information!!!
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.
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!