Seventh graders focus on social justice and Jewish values through texts, guest speakers and field trips. Conversations also highlight the historical role Jews have played in the civil rights movement and the root causes of social injustice. This program is held on Saturday mornings followed by participation in Shabbat morning services. As part of 7th grade, many students participate in the B’nai Mitzvah process, with the understanding that there is a commitment to Jewish education including Confirmation (10th grade) continuing through 12th grade.
Our goal is for every 7th student to understand and embrace Judaism’s ethics and traditions, and to feel comfortable participating in the spiritual and cultural life of our community.
TBT’s Teen Lunch and Learn Program MOSAIC meets twice a month on Sunday afternoon. TBT teens (grades 8-12) gather with our Director of Lifelong Learning, Debra Siroka and BTY advisor Jessica Brumer for an interactive afternoon of conversation and exploration of the world from their own unique Jewish perspective. Mosaic will include social justice activities, guest speakers, topical movies/TV episodes. cooking, field trips, and lots more. Click below to see the Mosaic calendar.
8th Grade LA Trip
Together with 8th graders from TDHS, we travel to Los Angeles over Martin Luther King weekend. We visit the Museum of Tolerance, celebrate Shabbat on the beach, and attend a Martin Luther King Day service. There is even time to fit in a visit to Universal Studios.
10th Grade DC Trip
Our 10th graders have the unique opportunity to learn about Jewish values, social justice, and political action. With 10th graders from TDHS we travel to Washington DC participate in L’Taken. The program exposes high school students to a variety of public policy issues, guides them to explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teaches them the skills to be an effective social justice advocate. The weekend culminates as the teens meet with members of Congress to share their views on social justice topics. More information about L’Taken can be found here.
BTY is active and thriving in the TBT community, with regular events, social gatherings, and service opportunities.
2017-2018 BTY Board
President— Kayla Brumer
Programming VP— Bryce Harnick
Social Action VP— Liza Jones
Religious & Cultural VP— Vered Siroka
Membership VP— Mikayla Goodkin
Communications VP— Jacob Gerstman
Merchandising & Fundraising VP— Sophia Dominitz
Freshmen Reps— Josh, Eden & Rachel Geisser
Our 8-12 graders are invited to participate in our madrichim program as teaching assistants in our Nisayon program. Opportunities range from working in self-contained K-3 classes, 4-6 Hebrew classes or with our Mifgash (encounter) electives, and as office help. All madrichim receive community service credit and 9-12 graders receive a small stipend.
Jewish Camping & Immersive Experiences
URJ Camp Kalsman is the Union for Reform Judaism’s camp right here in Washington! Located in Arlington, WA. Camp Kalsman offers overnight programs for children grades 2-11. Camp Kalsman’s 300 beautiful acres offer a great balance of education and recreation. Campers learn new skills and hone existing ones in athletic, aquatic, artistic, and nature programs. Camp Kalsman practices active Jewish education, which incorporates Judaism into many different activities. A summer at Kalsman is an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational, and emotional experience; it is the place for a summer of fun, friendships of a lifetime, and an unparalleled Jewish experience. Camp Kalsman is the premiere Jewish camp in the Pacific Northwest. We can’t wait to welcome you home this summer!
Visit http://kalsman.urjcamps.org/ for more information on sessions and programs.
URJ Kutz Camp
The recipe for Kutz is simple: just choose a Major, which you will sign up for when you are ready to register. Once you get to camp, you will be able to choose from session-long and week-long Minors and choose new Electives every day.
Visit http://kutz.urjcamps.org/summer/ for more information on programs
URJ Mitzvah Corps
Mitzvah Corps connects Jewish teens with immersive social action opportunities across North America, Central America, and Israel. Alongside a group of committed peers and dedicated staff, volunteer with grassroots organizations that provide participants with unique hands-on experiences and a deeper understanding of the major issues facing their communities. Spend your summer building lifelong relationships while obtaining the skills to play an active role in making our world a better place. If you want to make a difference, Mitzvah Corps wants you!
Visit http://www.mitzvahcorps.org/ for more information on locations and programs
NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.
The Northwest region of NFTY serves Jewish Teens in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students.
NFTY in Israel is an epic journey through the story of your people.
Touch ancient ruins visited by your ancestors for thousands of years. Eat delicious pita fresh off the fire. Climb sand dunes. Hike mountains. Swim in the Mediterranean. Float in the Dead Sea. Wander with your friends and meet amazing new people. Explore your progressive Jewish values from new angles. Discover yourself on the adventure of a lifetime.
Choose from 5 specialty trips, including a visit to Eastern Europe, a high school semester, a trip through the lens of social justice, and a sci-tech Israel trip.
Heller High School in Israel
This accredited semester or summer-long program for Reform Jewish high school students in grades 10 to 12 offers an unparalleled opportunity to be immersed in the richness of the land, culture, people and history of Israel, all while earning high school and college credit. Based on Kibbutz Tzuba, approximately fifteen minutes outside of Jerusalem, students have a unique opportunity to benefit from experiential learning. Tiyulim (field trips), are taken to visit whatever they are learning about in their Jewish history class. There are also numerous week long trips throughout the semester, including a pilgrimage to Poland to study the Holocaust, a week in Gadna, a simulated Israeli army training experience, a week-long hike across the country from sea to sea in the north, and much more!