Welcome to Teen Programming at Beth Am! There is more than one way to be Jewish, and we encourage you to get involved in whatever way fits your busy life. We have a diverse range of programs, classes and activities for middle school and high school students, some of which are led by students and some of which are for teens to kick back and enjoy.Read more
Vision for Teen Engagement
For our teens, Congregation Beth Am is:
A Sanctuary – We strive to make Beth Am a sanctuary for our teens, a place where all feel physically and emotionally safe, welcome and included, and where our teens can find rest, renewal, fun, and joy. We hope to be the antidote to the sometimes high-stress realities of being a high school student in Silicon Valley. At Beth Am, we value every teen for who they are, not just for what they achieve.
A Place to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships – Building relationships is a fundamental goal of teen engagement at Beth Am. We help teens foster friendships with each other, as well as providing opportunities for mentorship and connections with Beth Am staff and other adults in the congregation. Teens feel known and valued by other teens, adults, and staff at Beth Am. In every aspect of teen engagement at Beth Am, from education programs to casual interactions, we make relationship-building a primary focus.
A Place Where Teens Have a Voice – At Beth Am, teens have a meaningful voice and presence. They participate in the life of the congregation in a variety of ways and at a variety of levels, through teen-specific programs as well as wider community engagement including worship, social justice, learning, and community-building. They also have the opportunity for a central role in creating and maintaining teen programming. From visioning to implementation, recruitment to evaluation, our teens bring their unique talents, skills and interests to help create avenues of teen engagement. Teens feel that their participation matters; the Beth Am community feels a sense of responsibility to teens and teens feel a sense of responsibility to the community.
A Place Where Teens Develop Their Jewish Identities – As teens develop their sense of self, Beth Am is a place where they begin to form their Jewish identities. Through Jewish learning and living, we help teens explore what it means to be a Reform Jew, both now and in their adult lives. Beth Am is a safe place for teens to bring their beliefs, questions, and doubts about Judaism and to discover, “try out,” and reflect upon different ways of being Jewish. We also focus on helping teens integrate middot, Jewish virtues and ethical behavior, into their lives and identities.
These programs are taught by your favorite Beth Am clergy and educators!
- Teen Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah (9th Grade)
- Jewish GPS: Navigating Your Life and It's Big Questions Through a Jewish Lens (11-12th Grades)
- Confirmation Program (10th Grade)
- Seminar with Rabbi Heath (11th-12th Grades)
- Madrichim Program (9th-12th Grades Teaching Assistants)
- January Course Intensive (8th-12th Grades)
Don’t see what you want here? Let us know! We encourage teen-initiated programming.
Beth Am Youth Groups offer exciting programs to engage our older youth and teens.
- BATY (Beth Am Temple Youth) is our senior youth group for all high school students (9th-12th graders), and is a great way for Beth Am teens to make lifelong friends by hanging out with their peers at the synagogue, learning about their Jewish identity and having fun.
- BAJY (Beth Am Junior Youth) is for all middle school students (6th-8th graders) interested in fun, friendship, and community service.
A small fee is charged for youth group membership. For scholarship assistance, including youth group membership, retreats, Jewish summer camp and Israel programs, please contact Maddy Winard, Director of Teen Engagement.Close