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High School Programs

Temple Emanu-El’s Religious School offers a variety of programs for teens in
grades 9 through 12, all created with the intent that Judaism should be something experienced and not just something learned.

Following are summaries of each program with links for more information,
or click our 2015-2015 MIddle School and High School Programs brochure below:

A-TEEM: The Assistant Temple Emanu-El Madrichim (Leaders) Program provides an opportunity for leadership and involvement in administrative and academic components of the Religious School. Students will work in the Religious School office, partner with experienced faculty to develop classroom lessons, and engage in study while building and strengthening relationships with classmates, clergy, staff and the greater Temple community. A-TEEM members earn a stipend for their participation in this program. Students may be eligible to earn community-service credit in lieu of the stipend, if approved by the student’s school.

Ninth graders from Temple Emanu-El will join ninth graders from Temple Shaaray Tefila and Temple Israel on this meaningful trip to the South to learn about the Civil Rights movement and the effect the Jewish community had on this important chapter of American history.

HIGH SCHOOL TRIP (9th–12th Grade)
Our Emanu-El students have traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and London, England, for trips. This year, we will explore Prague in the Czech Republic to learn about and visit sites of 1,000 years of Jewish history. We also will visit Terezin Concentration Camp and a Holocaust memorial constructed in Prague.

Through our confirmation program, students and their classmates will come together for a year of experiential learning led by our clergy and Lifelong Learning staff. Students will participate in monthly sessions that include challenging intellectual exercises, engaging social activities, a wilderness hike, high-level study and self-reflection. The year culminates with a student-led ceremony before the entire congregation, a rite of passage students will remember throughout their lives.

TESTY/Senior Youth Group activities are a great way to make friends, experience one’s Jewish cultural identity and live one’s Jewish values. TESTY features a variety of social, educational and social-action events each month. The more students participate, the more they feel connected to the teen community. The TESTY board (open to students in Grades 10 through 12) is the heart of our high school community. Board members plan monthly events and other special programs for their fellow teens. As board members, students will develop and put into practice their leadership skills. High school students who have participated in leadership activities in previous years (including Tzedek League, A-TEEM, Confirmation, Teen Benefit Committee, Teen Philanthropic Committee and trips) are eligible to serve on the board.

Want an “in” to the biggest party of the year? Then be a part of a project that’s making a difference across the globe! Created by Emanu-El teens, the Teen Benefit is completely planned, produced and attended by teens. Over the last six years, the Teen Benefit has raised more than $120,000 for American Jewish World Service. All high school students are eligible to become part of the planning committee. Committee members attend monthly meetings, work on their designated responsibilities (such as choosing a venue and soliciting donations), present ideas to the committee and sell tickets. The Teen Benefit Committee works hard throughout the year, and monthly group dinners and a successful spring event make it all worthwhile. Meetings begin in the fall.

How would you use $10,000 to help New York City? Temple Emanu-El’s brand new Teen Philanthropic Committee has been tasked with just that responsibility by Temple Emanu-El’s Philanthropic Fund. Students interested in becoming part of the committee will come together monthly to participate in the grant-making process. They will select an issue affecting New Yorkers, create a mission statement and design a grant application to be used by nonprofit organizations seeking funds.

In order to participate in any of our high school programs, students must submit a completed registration form to the Office of Lifelong Learning. Please note: The student’s legal guardian must be a member of the congregation. For membership information, please call the Temple Office at (212) 744-1400, ext. 210, or download an application.

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