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

We will meet on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (BYO Dinner), and will continue the incredible student-driven learning that your 8th through 12th graders have come to enjoy. This year, we will be doing a special deep dive into Israel and, by student request, Jewish history. Of course, in true Nosh & Drash fashion, we will be doing this by creating our own Escape Rooms and Kahoots, going on virtual field trips, and having guest presenters from around the world. We will be reducing tuition for Nosh & Drash to $200 for the year, as we will not be providing dinners. 

Register for Nosh & Drash

TEENS

Madrichim Leadership Training

Teens in grades 8-12 participate in Ikar / Core Learning with their assigned classes and then take part in training on Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m..

Nosh & Drash Online

 

 

Dual Enrollment High School Hebrew

Our classes will take place via Zoom using Eastern Michigan University’s Canvas platform. Registration closes in mid-August; if your 9th-12th grader is interested in taking Hebrew this year, please be in touch with me directly!

 

TEENS

 

Dual Enrollment High School Hebrew

 

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.

Our classes will take place via Zoom using Eastern Michigan University’s Canvas platform. Registration closes in mid-August; if your 9th-12th grader is interested in taking Hebrew this year, please be in touch with me directly!

Oakland county high schools contribute to some of the cost of tuition each semester, and limited additional scholarship is available.

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 in Online Learning

Teens in grades 8-12 participate in Ikar / Core Learning with their assigned classes and then take part in training on Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.

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. January 30-February 2, 2020 Rabbi Rachel Shere, Jodi Gross, Dr. Melissa Ser and Michael Wolf will be leading a group of teens on a trip to explore Atlanta.

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.