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The Home for Jewish Teens at Temple Emanuel 

Temple Emanuel is so excited for the launch of our brand-new teen program: HaBayit. HaBayit is the home for Temple Emanuel Teens 8th-12th grade. The program has been crafted with teen passions and interests in mind through the framework of Jewish values. Highlights include: micro grants for DIY teen-led programs, a new coed BBYO chapter, opportunities for travel, leadership positions, and more!

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Activities and Opportunities

10th Grade Confirmation

Integrate your Jewish and secular life in a space that accepts you for who you are. Teens will be encouraged, mentored, challenged, respected, and given tools to grow into themselves. Build community and create shared experiences. Cultivate leadership opportunities and facility skills of Confirmands. Connect to Temple Emanuel clergy, professionals, and peers. Gain a deeper understanding of Jewish texts, life, and communal responsibilities. Confirmation ends with a Havdalah celebration that the Confirmands lead and also includes a class trip to New York City.

Meets one Sunday per month from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8th Grade Gesher Volunteering

8th graders will have the opportunity to learn about different local organizations and nonprofits, spend time volunteering with them, and relate their experiences to Jewish values and text. If a teen has a specific organization in mind that they would like to volunteer with, they can suggest it to the Gesher coordinator.

Meets one Sunday per month from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

12th Grade Adulting 101: "What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Adult?

High school seniors will gather together to discuss, question, and embrace their next steps into Jewish adulthood. Seniors will explore texts, values, and rituals and deepen their understanding of Judaism – on their own terms. 12th graders will leave this cohort with the confidence to take on a new phase of life grounded in Jewish community and values. 

Meetings TBD, determined by the group.

8th - 10th Grade Girls Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh (“head of the month” in Hebrew) will provide an opportunity for female-identifying teens to gather together to reflect, connect, and mark the beginning of the new month. This group is designed to be an intimate, safe space for teen girls to discuss relevant topics such as: gender dynamics, friendships, family, etc. Learn more about our partnership with Moving Traditions and Rosh Chodesh. Let us know if you are interested in a Tzelem group for non-binary teens.

Meets one Tuesday per month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

8th - 9th Grade Guys Shevet

The Shevet group, similar to our Rosh Chodesh group, is a space for male-identifying teens to gather monthly to learn and grow together. Together, they will explore the intersection of masculinity and Judaism, enjoy casual time to de-stress, and form strong connections with their peers. Learn more about our partnership with Moving Traditions and Shevet groups. Let us know if you are interested in a Tzelem group for non-binary teens.

Meets one Tuesday per month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

9th Grade Community Organizing

Now, more than ever, it is essential for young Jews to apply the Jewish values they’ve grown up with to social justice work. This group will learn how to advance racial and economic justice through community organizing. They will work together to mobilize the Jewish community and create protests/walks/events that promote causes close to their hearts. 

Meets one Sunday per month from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

11th and 12th Grade The Ever-Expanding World: Current Events

The Current Events group will meet monthly to discuss the intricacies of our ever-expanding world. This group will discuss current events and strive to become more globally aware, while connecting with their peers and exploring how these events relate to their lives and the Jewish community. 

Meetings TBD, determined by the group.

8th - 12th Grade "Soul” Food: Mindfulness, Mussar and Meditation

Open to all grades, teens will gather together to breathe deeply and de-stress. This could be a guided meditation, a calming nature walk, or gentle movement/yoga. Using Jewish text as inspiration, teens will get the opportunity to center themselves and gain skills to walk through the world in a more mindful way.

Meetings every other Wednesdays from October-December 2021.

8th - 12th Grade Dungeons and Dybbuks Gaming Club

Are you ready to take a wild adventure through Torah and Jewish Mythology? In this class, each student will pick a character, make choices as that character, and play through quests in a Dungeons-and-Dragons-style role playing game. You might even recognize certain Jewish mythical creatures or characters from Torah as we play! No experience or prior knowledge of DnD required, game play will be explained in class.

Meetings every other Wednesday from October-December 2021.

8th - 12th Grade Jewish Texts Through the Arts 

Open to all teens grades 8-12, this space is for teens to explore Judaism and Jewish text through different artistic mediums. Participants will begin by reading Jewish texts in small groups or chevrutah (learning pairs), followed by applying their learning to an artistic product such as: clay, string art, fiber art, movement, etc. Bring your creative brain with you!

Coming in January - May 2022.

8th - 12th Grade Future Sport Coaches

Through games and team-building, these teens will have the opportunity to develop coaching skills for various sports. Teens will learn to be effective leaders, how to motivate their peers, and serve as a mentor to younger players using Jewish values and wisdom. This program will combine learning and active fun!

Coming in January - May 2022.


The HaBayit Team

Brad Cohen is our Director of Youth and Family Learning. Brad is responsible for setting the overall vision of all our Family Engagement and Learning at Temple Emanuel including the Rabbi Steven Foster Early Learning Center, Shwayder Camp, HaBayit: The Home for Temple Emanuel Teens, and Youth Activities. Brad is entering his second year and is excited to continue to build our program. Contact Brad at cohen@emanueldenver.org

Emily Resnik is our Director of Teen Engagement and Education. Emily puts her passion for fostering Jewish community into action through running the teen program at Temple Emanuel. She also serves as the Program Director for Shwayder Camp. This is her first year working at Temple Emanuel and she is thrilled to meet the teens and help them develop their personal and Jewish identities. Contact Emily at resnik@emanueldenver.org.

Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782