At Kol Emeth, we see our teens as “dugma’ot”, role models for younger students, as well as burgeoning Jewish adults in their own right. We value continued Jewish education and social opportunities for our teens.
Kol High gives Kol Emeth and local area Jewish teens an opportunity to continue learning, to make and sustain friendships, and to discover the ways in which Judaism can help address the moral challenges that daily face them. We begin our Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with our first hour of class, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by our resident chef and facilities manager, Pepe Sanchez. After a a spirited expression of gratitude for our meal in the form of a camp-like singing of the Grace After Meals Birkat HaMazon, we move on to our second hour of class, finishing at 8:45pm.
Kol Emeth membership is not required for Kol High participation – all Jewish teens in the area are invited to join this program!
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In the years following their B’nai Mitzvah, our 8th and 9th graders continue studying with their beloved teacher Jeff Schwarz in an exploration of Jewish Ethics. They discuss such “hot topics” as inter-dating, vegetarianism and addiction.
Older teens also continue a special relationship with our rabbis through the Kol High program. Classes vary by semester, and include studying significant Jewish texts such as Talmud and Jewish philosophy, focus on Israel, social justice, and how to see current events through a Jewish lense.
On Saturday mornings, our 8th and 9th graders get together for an interactive discussion class led by the illustrious Ilona Shechter. Last year’s topics included the stories of teen Zionist heroes and “Xtreme Menschlichkeit”.
Kol Emeth’s teen Madrichim program provides our teens with an opportunity to give back to the community while providing creative leadership for younger grades during the Saturday morning Kol Shabbat program.
Kol Shabbat Madrichim (9th-12th graders) meet on Thursday evenings as part of Kol High here at Kol Emeth. They plan weekly lessons for the 3rd-4th grade Kol Shabbat class, for leading our K-2nd Grade family service, and for leading our Junior Congregation Service. Madrichim then meet on Shabbat morning to teach the class and lead the services. They also provide individual tutoring for students leading parts of the service and for those who are looking for a little extra help with specific prayers. Madrichim choose whether to be paid or to count their work toward community service hours.