Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation includes Hebrew instruction in cooperation with the Bureau of Jewish Education or the Hasten Hebrew Academy. Synagogue sponsored family seminars, classes in trope (cantillation) and special tzedakah community service projects enrich the bar/bat mitzvah experience. Students are encouraged to use the skills they have learned by continued participation in services following Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Confirmation/High School Seminars
Our Confirmation (tenth grade) students participate in a trip to New York, emphasizing Jewish places of interest. High School Seminar (grades 11 and 12), taught by the Rabbis, offers post-confirmands an informal setting to explore their Jewish identity and learning.
The congregation maintains contact with college students through regular email and holiday packages. Our rabbis make regular visits to nearby university campuses.
Dinner with IU students on November 1, 2016
Sara I. and Albert G. Reuben Tikvah Initiative
Devoted to the enrichment of the cultural and spiritual lives of post Bar and Bat Mitzvah young people and to the cultivation of a positive and affirmative identity among Jewish teenagers:
- Social justice and service oriented opportunities;
- Supplementary mentoring and learning programs;
- Overnight and day trips to exciting Jewish cultural destinations;
- Shabbaton and weekend encounters;
- Musical and arts experiential activities;
- …and other events
We aim to engage the minds, hearts and souls of our young people in ways that will allow them to discover and nurture their developing identities as Jews and as human beings and to act intentionally and purposefully in response to the demands of such awareness.
Sasso-Eisenberg Youth Lounge
The youth groups enjoy social, religious and cultural activities in the Sasso-Eisenberg Youth Lounge located in our Ethel & Harry Glanzman Youth Pavilion.