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Welcome to TEEN LIFE at CBI!

Teen life at CBI is a celebration of Jewish community with a focus on empowerment and leadership. CBI teen programs aim to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, and by “teen” we mean any local, Jewish middle or high school students.

CBI offers several ways for teens to get involved:

1. Youth Group
These year-round events are primarily social, with an emphasis on holidays and Jewish community. We offer many types of activities at various times so that there is something for everyone, and events range from service projects to cooking, rock climbing, movie nights and more. To sign up for emails about youth group events, please email aaron@cbinorthampton.org.

2. ALMA
ALMA is the CBI religious school program, and it is open for students pre-K through 10th grade. See here for more information on ALMA: www.cbinorthampton.org/alma

3. Become a madrich/madricha!
Graduates of ALMA are encouraged to become a madrich or madrichah (“guide” or “instructor”). This is a paid, part-time role as an assistant in the younger ALMA classes on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. For more information, contact our interim ALMA director Aram.

4. B’nai Mitzvah
Teens (or anyone!) may pursue a B’nai Mitzvah at CBI regardless of whether they are enrolled in ALMA. For for more information, contact Amy Stein at amy@cbinorthampton.org or visit: https://www.cbinorthampton.org/bnaimitzvah

5. Shefa
שפע, or shefa, is Hebrew for abundance, and it is a paid internship for teens on Abundance Farm at CBI. We offer several programs for teens who are entering grades 8-12.These programs are centered on Jewish justice values, meaningful work outside, and community building. To learn more visit www.abundancefarm.org/shefa.

6. NEW for 2022 - 2023: Post-b’nai mitzvah courses!  
Starting in the fall of 2022, CBI will begin offering weekly, evening courses for post-b’nai mitzvah students (typically 8th - 12th grade). Stay tuned for details!  

7. Havurah
The Havurah Initiative supports teens and adults in developing small groups of homegrown, peer-led, Jewish gatherings. Each havurah is led by an individual “connector” and is organized around a theme. Havurot receive funding from the Grinspoon Foundation, including a stipend for the connector. Any teen can start a new Havurah!
To learn more, visit https://www.cbinorthampton.org/havurah

8. CBI community life
In addition to teen programming, teens are of course invited into all other aspects of CBI life, including services, Abundance Farm, and our many ongoing classes, discussions, and other events. See the CBI calendar for the full schedule, or sign up for the weekly newsletter by emailing office@cbinorthampton.org

9. You tell us!
Do you have an idea for a teen event or program? Do you have a skill you want to share with teens in a workshop? Want support on an independent project? Great! Please email aaron@cbinorthampton.org to discuss.  

Please note: For all of the above, we hope that cost is never a barrier. Any families seeking financial support are encouraged to email office@cbinorthampton.org with the subject heading “teen program support.” All emails will remain confidential.  

Meet Teen Engagement Coordinator, Aaron Kagan

 

Aaron Kagan (He/Him/His) is glad to return to CBI after leading teen activities here from 2010 - 2012. He has several years of high school teaching experience, including the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, and the United World College USA, in New Mexico. Aaron has a BA in literature from Brandeis University and a background in theater and media. He lives in Florence and loves hiking with his family and dog, writing poetry, cooking, and foraging for wild edibles.

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