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Teen Learning and Engagement

The Book of Proverbs (22:6) says “educate youth according to their needs, and even when they are older, they will not stray.” Our goal is to help all 8-12 graders at Adat Shalom find their paths.

Nosh & Drash 2021-2022

We look forward to meeting in person on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dinner. We will spend this year learning how to be partners with our textual tradition, exploring Torah, Midrash, Mishnah, and Talmud together. All texts are provided in English and Hebrew, and students will help determine the topics we explore. 

Register for Nosh & Drash

Dual Enrollment Hebrew Program

Earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking Hebrew on Sunday evenings (5 to 7 p.m.) at Adat Shalom Synagogue. This fully accredited program will give you your high school language credits as well as transferable college credits. Oakland county high schools contribute to some of the cost of tuition each semester, and limited additional scholarship is available.

Our classes will take place via Zoom using Eastern Michigan University’s Canvas platform. Registration closes in mid-August; if your rising 9th-12th grader is interested in taking Hebrew next year, please check out all the information at https://bit.ly/DEHebrew

Earn up to 1.0 high school and 6 college credits per year. Contact Dr. Melissa Ser for more information, or call 248.626.2153.

Madrichim Teen Leadership Program

Be a classroom assistant, and learn what it means to become a Jewish leader through our program of training and practical application. You will be assigned to a classroom or a student as a buddy, and take part in regular training during school hours. Contact Jodi Gross for more information on applying to become a madrich/a. Madrichim may work on Sundays and/or Wednesdays. Eighth graders may receive volunteer hours; high schoolers may opt for volunteer hours, a stipend, or a combination of the two. Space is limited. This program is a blend of formal training and real-life experience and is supervised by both Jodi Gross and Melissa Ser.

Madrichim Leadership Training 

Teens in grades 8-12 participate in Ikar / Core Learning with their assigned classes and take part in ongoing training workshops.

Teen Volunteer Corps

Service-learning at its finest. Teens develop programming and put it into action through social action. Projects are approximately twice monthly, and teens meet regularly with Jodi Gross to plan and learn. The Teen Volunteer Corps puts Jewish values into everyday life and empowers teens to be involved and impact the Jewish community and Metro Detroit. A teen leadership board creates, recruits volunteers, and leads projects. Teen Volunteer Corps combines learning with direct hands-on involvement focused on:

  • Jewish social and ethical issues
  • Social Action
  • Volunteering
  • Friendship & Fun
  • Expanded Horizons

Other volunteer opportunities include Tech Connect, being a teen madrich (classroom assistant), and community-wide events such as J-Serve and PeerCorps.

Jewish Teen Travel Returns in 2021-2022

Thanks to a generous donor family, a 3-night, 4-day trip to another part of the country provides teens worthwhile opportunities to explore their Jewish identity and to foster their own relationships with one another and Adat Shalom’s professional leadership. In partnership with Nosh & Drash, participants attend a learning series prior to and following the trip. This series prepares teens for the trip and provides them opportunities to gather and debrief after the trip. In 2016-2017, 27 teens attended the trip to the Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee. In 2017-2018, 27 teens attended the trip to Philadelphia. In 2018-2019, teens traveled to New York City. In 2019-2020, teens travele to Atlanta. We are anticipating being able to travel in the spring of 2022 for our next Teen Trip, and will keep you posted.

General Teen Travel Goals:  

  • To engage in meaningful travel experiences, led by clergy and educators, that are rooted in Jewish tradition, history and values.
  • To have opportunities to meet and build relationships with teens from Adat Shalom and maintain those relationships long after the trip.
  • To meet and interact with Jewish teens living in other cities.
  • To empower teens with the knowledge that one person or one act can make a difference.