Our post-B’nai Mitzvah middle and high school students at Bet Am Shalom continue their Jewish education in our Torah La’am Teens program.  We offer serious learning for our young adults who are ready to grapple with complex philosophical, theological and moral issues, using both contemporary and traditional texts.  In alignment with Bet Am Shalom’s commitment to liberal Jewish thinking and traditional practice, our teaching and learning in Torah La’am Teens encourages free expression, respect for varying traditions, and thoughtful discourse.  We also highlight the Arts and Tikkun Olam/social action, both of which play essential roles in our program, engaging our young adults through multiple modalities. 

Our teens meet weekly on Monday nights, starting at 6:OOpm with pizza dinner and concluding at 8:00pm.

To discover the impact this program has had on our teens, read the following students’ words:

  • Click here for past 10th graders’ reflections on their learning at Torah La’am Teens, which they presented at our final program.
  • Click here for past Torah La’am seniors’ graduation speeches.

Teen community and social programs, including retreats

Social Action Opportunities

Click here to register for classes. 

Madrichim (Teacher’s Aide) Program
Teens learn the skills to work as a grades K-6 teacher’s aide, in our Shorashim early childhood program, or with our youth group. The word madrich means “guide” or “instructor.” 

  • Our madrichim serve as role models for the younger children in their continued Jewish engagement.
  • Eighth graders will receive Madrichim training in the fall semester to learn teaching and leadership skills for a Jewish setting.  Eighth graders will also observe classes/programs outside of class time.
  • 9th-12th graders who have completed the Madrichim training can work as madrichim and be paid or earn community service hours.  They attend monthly meetings to deepen their skills and connections with one another. Those with classroom experience also have the opportunity to plan and teach a lesson with guidance from the teacher.  

Contact Director of Family Education & Engagement, Lisa Jacobs for more information.