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Teen Life at CBI is centered around youth empowerment and leadership development. What does it mean to be a member of a community today? How do I uniquely contribute, and how do I support my peers to do the same?

CBI offers three unique avenues for teen engagement outside of ritual leadership:   

  • Middle School Youth Group: Solelim (Trail Blazers) meet once a month to socialize, celebrate Jewish holidays and have fun!
  • High School Youth Group: Kirvah (Connection) meet once a month to socialize, celebrate and relate to each other as Jewish high schoolers.
  • Shefa Teen Farm Program
  • Winter Teen Social Justice Fellowship (see below)

Our youth groups bring together teens from the Greater Northampton area to connect to their traditions, their culture, and to each other. Each student involved plays a role, from attending the program to holding a board position. Students can be a part of Solelim beginning in grade 6, and in Kirvah until grade 12, cultivating deep relationships with peers and community along the way, and developing the leadership of their peers and themselves.  


Meet Teen Advisor Shari Traiger


Shari Traiger (she/her/hers) is the Youth Advisor at CBI. She is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst where she majored in Biomedical Engineering. She will continue her studies through the business school this upcoming year. She has experience in youth programming as she has served on multiple board positions for her local USY chapter. In addition, she has spent 15 summers at Camp Ramah New England, 6 of them on staff, this past one being the Rosh Edah (Division Head) for rising 8th graders. She has a passion for creating and providing a safe, caring, and accepting community for all teens.

Teen Shefa

Shefa: Teen Internship and Apprenticeship

Shefa is a teen program on Abundance Farm in Northampton, MA, which offers learning and experience with farming, food justice, and community building. For those who are new to the Farm, the internship track introduces many of the skills it takes to run a one acre urban farm, and discusses the systems and structures that situate this farm within the larger food system.  Interns will also practice self reflection and community building through games, workshops on identity and justice, and communication development. The apprenticeship track offers Shefa alumni the opportunity to build off of the farm skills they have learned in previous summers and practice teaching these skills to peers and community members.  Apprentices will also be given training and opportunities to lead community building activities such as games, reflection times, and celebrations.  Apprentices will receive training, support, and feedback as they develop as leaders throughout the session.

While Abundance Farm is a Jewish community project, this program is open to people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.  We will be exploring farming, food justice, and community building through a Jewish lens, and we will also be exploring these topics through other lenses and other identities.

Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782