8th Grade

WRT’s clergy, professional staff and lay leaders collaborated as part of the Teen Task Force to revisit and reinvigorate all WRTeen programming and opportunities on our campus and beyond.  We are excited to announce several changes and additions to the 8th Grade program for the 2022-2023 year.

Welcome to the WRTeen Passport

Designed to maximize choice and flexibility of schedule, the WRTeen Passport is centered around leadership, learning and social action: We are striving to meet each teen where they are.

Bi Weekly Core Initiatives
With Fall/Winter/Spring Options, 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday evenings

  • Teen Tanakh
    Taught by WRT Clergy, this offering explores everything from the Parsha of the week to an in – depth look at Jewish values.

  • WRTones
    Arranged by a member of the Cantorial Team, this musical group prepares for two-three performances throughout the year.
  • Leadership Development
    Developed as an opportunity for teen leadership, 8th Graders are invited to work together to plan three (3) events throughout the year – (a) a Tween Shabbat/Havdalah, (b) a social event and (c) one social action project. Students become a part of WRTeen Leadership Group (9th-12th Grade).
  • Israel 360
    Life, Language, Helpings and Happenings – A unique opportunity to explore all facets of Israel life – from the people and the land, to art and music, to politics and policies. Teens learn with clergy and JLL staff, and to wrestle with and hug the country of Israel.

In addition to our Bi-Weekly offerings, the WRTeen Passport has multiple avenues of engagement for every type of teen. Students can choose to commit to Confirmation and/or engage in a myriad of other learning experiences.

  • Teen Travel
    8th Grade travel includes opportunities such as select local day trips and the annual 8th Grade Civil Rights Trip. This 8th grade trip takes students and their parents to Atlanta to visit important historical sites in the fight for African American civil rights. By the end of the trip, we will have a deeper understanding of why Jews—as a people who have known oppression—must care and act when others are oppressed.
  • Social Action
    Monthly social action opportunities (mostly on Sundays) will allow for programming with our WRT community and community partners, such as J-Teen, BBYO and more. Programming will be both on and off the WRT campus.
  • Expanded Madrichim Program
    Our Madrichim (student leaders) support and inspire the children in the lower grades of the JLL. Multiple points of entry exist for this cohort of student leaders, from weekly teaching opportunities to monthly mentoring, and dreaming up new ways to share your talents with others. Madrichim also meet once a month to share and learn together!
  • Rosh Chodesh and Shevet
    Be a part of monthly single gender gatherings for safe conversations and discussions on important issues.
  • BBYO Partnership
    Hudson Valley Region BBYO provides exciting opportunities for Jewish teens to connect with one another, make a difference, celebrate their Jewish heritage, and travel the world together. Teens gather every other week (on non-Core evenings) on our WRT campus to take part in teen-created and teen-ledprogramming. More information can be found at https://bbyo.org/bbyo-near-you/regions/hudson-valley-region.
  • Pop-Up Initiatives
    Watch for assorted Pop-Up Initiatives, such as Taco Tuesday and Saturday Night Cinema with the Clergy and JLL Team!

Schedule Options
Periodic Wednesdays from 7pm – 8:15pm with some flex dinner days (6:15pm-7pm)