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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 2016-2017 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.

CHAG SQUAD (9th–12th Grade)
New for 2016! Teen volunteers bring holiday joy, in the form of gift packages, to elderly members of our congregation. Community-service hours can be earned.

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.

Through our confirmation program, students and their classmates will come together for a year of learning led by our clergy and Lifelong Learning staff. Students will participate in 15 sessions that include challenging intellectual exercises, engaging social activities, 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.

HIGH SCHOOL TRIP (9th–12th Grade)
Our Emanu-El students have traveled to Prague, Czech Republic; New Orleans, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and London, England, for trips. This year, we will explore Memphis, Tennessee, with teens from Central Synagogue and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for a weekend of community service and Southern culture.

Spend time getting to know other teens in this new partnership with Abyssinian Baptist Church! Interfaith Ambassadors will meet three times over the course of the year for social activities, community-service projects, meals and conversation.

Temple Emanu-El’s Teen Benefit Committee raises funds for American Jewish World Service through an annual event organized and executed by our teens. Over the last seven years, events planned by the Teen Benefit Committee have raised more than $135,000. All Emanu-El 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.

The Teen Leadership Council, made up of representatives from each of our teen groups and general teen representatives, helps bring together our teen community. The council plans events for leaders across the teen programs, organizes community-service activities for all Emanu-El teens, and facilitates teen engagement with such templewide events as Mitzvah Day and the Purim Carnival. Council members come together at monthly meetings, where they learn and utilize leadership skills to engage the Temple Emanu-El teen community.

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) 507-9514, or download an application.

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