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Teen Opportunities for Engagement


9th-12th Grade Religious School

9th-12th graders gather on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, starting with dinner. At the first gathering of the month, teens engage in our Moving Traditions Tzelem program, a safe space to explore the social and emotional aspects of teenage life through a Jewish lens. During the second half of the year, teens will participate in a project-based learning program created in partnership with the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.

This year, all 8th-12th graders have the opportunity to participate in a trip to San Francisco. 11th & 12th graders also have the opportunity to participate in the social justice trip to Washington, D.C.

Class Trips

8th Grade Los Angeles Trip

Our 8th graders alternate years with trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco. During the jampacked and fun weekend to Los Angeles, we celebrate Shabbat at Beit T'Shuvah, visit the Museum of Tolerance, hang out at the beach, and there is even time to fit in a visit to Universal Studios.

8th Grade San Francisco Trip

Our 8th graders alternate years with trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco. During the unique trip to San Francisco, we visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum, visit some of San Francisco's historic Jewish spaces, and more!

10th Grade Washington, D. C. L'taken 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.

9th-12th Grade Youth Group

BTY (B'nai Torah Youth) is our 9th-12th grade youth group where teens can have fun and be Jewish together. BTY is active and thriving in the TBT community, with regular events, social gatherings, and service opportunities. BTY provides our TBT teens with opportunities to engage in leadership to help grow our youth presence at TBT. We have monthly gatherings that we’re currently holding virtually, including lounge nights and Havdalah events. Please reach out to Eden Geisser for more information.

Our 9th-12th graders are invited to participate in our madrichim program as teaching assistants. All madrichim receive community service credit and 9th-12th graders receive a small stipend. For more information, please contact Rabbi Molly.

Jewish Camping & Immersive Experiences


URJ Camp Kalsman

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! Learn more about sessions for next summer.

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! Get more information.

NFTY - North American Federation of Temple Youth

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. Get more information.

NFTY in Israel

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. Find out more.

URJ Heller High Semester 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! Find out more.

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