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 9th Grade program for the 2021-2022 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. Offerings include, but are not limited to:
- Track One: Teen Tikkun Olam
Come together once a month to Repair the World. During each gathering we will participate in a hands-on experience, as well as consider how we can implement advocacy and fundraising efforts as vehicles of change. This program meets on Select Sundays and weekdays throughout the year. Opportunities may include:
- Walk to raise funds supporting research/advocacy,
- March to raise voices and awareness,
- Assist with cooking a meal and/or serving families in need,
- Sharing time when “your presence is the present” with seniors or developmentally disabled adults, and
- Taking on leadership for pre-B’nei Mitzvah students.
- Track Two: The Rabbi’s Table
Taught by the WRT Clergy team, this monthly gathering focuses on joyful and fearless Jewish learning. Dive into 10 Tremendous Texts from across the rabbinic literature for an opportunity to feed your body, mind and soul. Dinner is included. Select Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
In addition to our Confirmation Track, 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
9th Grade travel includes opportunities for select local day trips.
- 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 wonderful Madrichim (student leaders) program offers multiple points of entry, 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.
- Leadership Council
Developed as an opportunity for teen leadership, 9th Graders are invited to work together to plan three (3) events throughout the year – (a) a Teen Shabbat/Havdalah, (b) a social event and (c) one social action project. Students become a part of WRTeen Leadership Group (9th-12th Grade).
Arranged by a member of the Cantorial Team, this musical group prepares for two-three performances throughout the year. Meets twice a month.
- 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 our WRT campus to take part in teen-created and teen-led programming. 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. Watch for more more this fall!
Monthly / weekly / periodic experiences