Teen Programs

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Teen Programs & Enrollment Form and Pathways to Confirmation

Mishkan Shalom is proud to offer meaningful experiences to our students in grades 8 – 12. This year, with Gabby Kaplan-Mayer, Rabbi Shawn, Rabbi Yael and other leaders, we are offering our signature teen programs. 

Teen Social Group

Our teen group will meet for bi-monthly programs for learning, engagement and fun. Led by our Teen Coordinator and Teen VA’AD (coordinating group), programs will include a regular open-mic Havdalah Café, along with local adventures such as hiking or enjoying the camaraderie of a bowling night. Members will also have opportunity to join our Teen Va’ad/Leadership Council and help plan future events for the group. Regional gatherings and connections with other teens will be a feature of the programming. 

Fees: No fee 

Additional fees may apply for individual events.

Teen Leadership Seminar

Once a month, on Sundays (10:30 a.m. - noon or other mutually arranged time), Rabbi Shawn, Rabbi Yael and other leaders will engage our teens to foster leadership development though teamwork, trust-building, creative thinking and listening skills through a Jewish lens. Together we will explore Jewish values as reflected in texts and contemporary issues. Students in Leadership Seminar will participate in community services and events throughout the year (this includes Tikkun Olam activities, services, Celebrations!, the Mishkan School, etc.)

The Teen Leadership Seminar is a pre-requisite for 10th or 11th grade students preparing for Confirmation in the Spring.

Fee: $175.00 members only

Food For Thought

This monthly cooking class, led by Gabby Kaplan-Mayer, explores Jewish culture and cuisine while preparing foods for members of our own community. Meets one Wednesday evening per month.

Fee: $225.00 members/$275.00 non-members

Wednesdays (generally second Wednesdays)

6:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Click here for a slideshow of Food For Thought teen's #rainbowchallah and dedications

Click here for a slideshow of Food for Thought teens at work!


Pathways to Confirmation

Rabbi Shawn Zevit Rabbishawn@mishkan.org

Rabbi Yael Levy Ravyael@mishkan.org

Mishkan Shalom offers a Confirmation ceremony for students completing 10th or 11th grade every year at Shavuot, generally in May or June on a Shabbat morning.

In Jewish tradition, Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies focus on an individual child becoming a Jewish adult, while Confirmation ceremonies focus on a community of young adults confirming their commitment to Judaism and Jewish living.

Confirmation studies teach young adult Jews that they are entering a sacred community in which they can question, challenge, and debate Jewish questions without being judged. The confirmation model also encourages youth to work together as a community to contribute to the world around them. Confirmation emphasizes the importance of communal participation in Judaism. Our Mishkan teens working towards Confirmation study with the Mishkan rabbis in a program called “Leadership Seminar.”

Because we offer different options for students for programming for teens in 8th - 10th grades, we have outlined the following guidelines for reaching Confirmation:

8th grade:

Teen participates in at least one teen program: Food for Thought, Teen Social group (Noar Hadash) or Teen Leadership Seminar.

9th grade:

Teen participates in at least two teen programs: Food for Thought, Teen Social group (Noar Hadash), Teen Leadership Seminar or being an aide in the Congregational School.

10th or 11th grade:

Teen participates in Teen Leadership Seminar and is encouraged to participate in at least one other teen program or project in the area of social justice and Jewish life. Generally each of the three programs meet on a designated day or days once a month.

Confirmation will take place in the spring of 10th grade near the holiday of Shavuot. The Confirmation service is a creative one in which teens work with the rabbi and may lead parts of the service, read Torah and share their thoughts about being Jewish.


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