11th & 12th Grades
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 11th 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.
- 11th Grade Gatherings with the Clergy
Gather together once a month on Wednesday evenings (7:00 – 8:00 pm), to explore the “Questions Still on the Table” about Jewish life and leadership, and spend the second half of the year engaged in conversations to both hug and wrestle with Israel.
- 12th Grade Gatherings with the Clergy
Gather together once a month on Wednesday evenings (7:00 – 8:00 pm), to continue to explore the concept of what it means to both hug and wrestle with Israel, preparing for our annual trips to Israel and/or the AIPAC conference. The second half of the year focuses on thinking about Jewish life beyond our WRT community, during a gap year, in college and wherever our path leads.
- It’s Just Brunch
Once a month, 11th and 12th Grade learners come together for informal conversation and a nosh. Nothing to bring except your love of food and community.
- 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 – 8:30 pm. For an application to this track, please email JLLAdmin@wrtemple.org.
Weekly, Monthly and Drop-in Opportunities
- Teen Travel
11th Grade travel includes opportunities for select local day trips and experiencing the annual AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference in Washington D.C. with the WRT community. 12th Grade travel includes opportunities for select local day trips and the annual 12th grade trip to Israel and/or the annual AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.
- 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 support and inspire the children in the lower grades of the Multiple points of entry exist for this cohort of student leaders, from weekly teaching opportunities to monthly mentoring; as well as the chance to dream 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, 11th and 12th 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.
- 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!