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 we are offering our signature teen programs with Teen Coordinator Holli Goldenberg, Rabbi Shawn, Gabby Kaplan Mayer and others.

TIME TO REGISTER for the 2022-23 Year. Click here for our online registration form.


Our teen group will meet for bi-monthly programs for learning, engagement and fun. Led by Holli Goldenberg and our Teen Va'ad/Leadership Council, programs may include a variety of on-line or safely in-person activities. In the past open-mic Havdalah Café, along with local adventures such as hiking will be reconstructed in conjunction with the requirements of these times.  Members will also have opportunity to form the Teen Va’ad/Leadership Counciland and help plan future events for the group. Connections with teens from other local Jewish communities will be a feature of the programming. 

No enrollment fee but additional fees may apply for individual events.

Once a month, October- May on Sunday afternoons Holli Goldenberg, Rabbi Shawn 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 and issues of interest 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 and environmental 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.

Dates: (Time tba): Sundays, November 13; December 18; Saturday 10am, January 14 (MLK weekend); Sundays, February 12; March 5th (Morning Purim Carnival): April 16; May (date and time tba)

Fee: $150.00 members only

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 evening per month. This year, our class will look different--but will still be full of the same friendship, learning and making really delicious food together! Two weeks before each class, I will send you the recipe we will be making on-line.

Dates: Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30pm

2022-23: TBA

Fee: $118 (members) $180 (non-members)

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!



Rabbi Shawn Zevit Rabbishawn@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 or Teen Leadership Seminar.

9th grade:
Teen participates in at least two teen programs: Food for Thought, Teen Social group, 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 or 11th 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. 

Pay for all programming here: https://mishkan.org/store/donations/tuition-payments-for-years-ending-june-30-2021-and-prior and enter in Tuition amount and ‘Food for Thought ($118 or $180) and/or Teen Leadership ($150) and Teen Social ($0)’ in notes.

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