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The Home for Jewish Teens at Temple Emanuel 

Temple Emanuel is so excited for the 2nd year of 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: a new coed BBYO chapter, opportunities for travel, leadership positions, and more!

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Activities and Opportunities

8th Grade

  • Gesher Volunteering: Focuses on service learning in the Denver community. Meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm  (including lunch) 
  • Choose your own Adventure: As you start your Confirmation journey, you will have the opportunity with your parents to build the curriculum for the year. Meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm  (including lunch)

9th Grade

  • Choose your own Adventure: As you start your Confirmation journey, you will have the opportunity with your parents to build the curriculum for the year. Meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm (including lunch) 
  • Religious Action Center trip to Washington, DC:  Dec 9-12  

10th Grade Confirmation

Explore what it means to be part of a Jewish community, lead the Temple in a Social Action Day, connect with Jewish value mentors, and travel to NYC.

Confirmation meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm  (including lunch)

Confirmation includes an opening retreat Aug 26th-27th and a trip to NYC Jan 25th-Jan 29th (An extra fee for the NYC trip is required).

11th and 12th Grade

  • Impact: A leadership fellowship: Jewish leadership can take many forms, and in this experience, you will explore leadership and explore who you are. Meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm  (including lunch) 
  • NYC Trip: Visit NYC with Rabbi Black and Temple Emanuel staff, explore Jewish heritage, modern Jewish life, see a Broadway Show, and more! October 6th-10th  

Open to 8th through 12th Grade

  • Havdalah: Join fellow teens for a once-a-month Havdalah and social. This event is teen-led and is open to all teens.  
  • BBYO Temple Emanuel Chapter: Join our youth group chapter of Temple Emanuel and hang with other Jewish teens. Temple Emanuel will gift your BBYO membership if you are part of the teen program.
  • Social Justice Series: How do you create change as a Jewish teen? What aspects of the world do you care for as a teen? Explore different models of social justice. Meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Metalworking/Art Series: Expand your connection between Judaism and art. In this hands-on metalworking class, you will explore Jewish values and Jewish artists. Meets twice a month on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 pm
  • Teen Advisory Council: Meet monthly to shape, form, and build HaBayit for future generations. (This requires a separate application)
  • Madrichim and Madrichim in Training: Volunteer or work in the Religious School program. 8th grade participants volunteer, and 9-12th grade participants get paid. Learn classroom management, teaching techniques, and more.  Register for Madrichim and Madrichim in Training.
  • Colorado Trail Teen Hike: Set out on a five-day adventure on the Colorado Trail. Challenge yourself, form community, and grow. June 3rd-7th
  • Teen Choir/Purim Performance: Meets episodically throughout the year leading up to Holidays and events
  • Social Justice Series: How do you create change as a Jewish teen? What aspects of the world do you care for as a teen? Explore different models of social justice. Meets twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm

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

Amalia Kamlet is our Director of Teen Engagement. She starts August 2nd.

Mon, September 26 2022 1 Tishrei 5783