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Teen Learning @ Sherith Israel

Teens @ Studio offers an opportunity for teens to engage in learning experiences that expose them to ideas that are bigger than themselves. Our programs emphasize a youth-centered approach to spirituality (Torah), service and social change (Avodah), and community (Gimilut Chasadim). Teens @ Studio meets twice during the week: Friday evenings from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm, which includes dinner, Friday night service attendance, and breakout sessions; and Sunday mornings and afternoons, which includes lunch. We know how much teens enjoy being at Sherith Israel, so students enrolled in our Teens @ Studio program are welcome to join both Fridays and Sundays.

Enroll in Studio!

Our teens are offered monthly, weekly, and stand alone learning opportunities. We offer something for everyone

Yearlong Classes

Fall Program Schedule

Teens @ Studio Yearlong Monthly Classes

Hamotzi & Food Handler Class – 1/month Sundays

Participate in Hamotzi on Sunday mornings with other teens and cook at other kitchens with teens from our neighbors at Calvary Presbyterian, City Church, and Grace Cathedral. Learn more about Hamotzi and how Sherith Israel is fighting food insecurity in San Francisco.

Teacher: Nancy Sheftel-Gomes
Grades: 8–12
Dates: Sundays, Oct 9, Nov 6, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 5, Apr 9, Apr 16; 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Madrichim Training 1/month Sundays

Madrichim are the leaders of the Studio program. During Madrichim Training time, we will plan the upcoming month and participate in various trainings led by Carolyn Mulcahy, Jonathan, and Natalie. 

Teacher: Natalie Connell 
Grades: 7–12
Dates: Sundays, Oct 9, Nov 6, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 5, Apr 9, Apr 16; 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Confirmation Class 1/month

Master the tefillah service and lead the community in Shabbat services on Shavuot as apart of this Jewish lifecycle event that marks our teens' committment to Jewish community. Confirmation ceremony is Friday, May 19, at 6:00 pm.
Teacher: Natalie Connell, Jonathan Emanuel, Rabbi Jessica
Grades: 10–11
Dates: TBD

 

Teens @ Studio Fall Class Schedule

Jewish Lens – 7th grade

What is it like to be a teenager at Sherith Israel? Through text study and photography assignments, the 7th grade B Mitzvah cohort will connect their relationship to Judaism with the physical space of Sherith Israel.

Teacher: Kaitlin Wahl
Dates: Fridays September 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21, 28; November 4; 7:30-8:30 pm

 

Israel: Origin Story – 8/9th grade

Learn about the history of Israel and the founding of the State of Israel. Looking at maps and primary source documents, students will understand the movements that led to the creation of a Jewish state.

Teacher: Natalie Connell 
Dates: Fridays September 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21, 28; November 4; 7:30-8:30 pm

 

Jewish Guide to the Galaxy– 10/11th grade

Tactile experiences in Jewish magic. Learn about the art of Jewish amulets and anointing oils.

Teacher: Barbie Kamiel & Jonathan Emanuel
Grade: 10-11
Dates: Fridays September 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21, 28; November 4; 7:30-8:30 pm

 

Hamotzi Track

Cook meals for the unhoused with the Hamotzi community. Once a month, meet with Nancy to discuss food insecurity and complete the Food Handler certification.

Teacher: Nancy Sheftel-Gomes
Grades: 7-12th
Dates: Sundays, Oct 9, Nov 6, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 5, Apr 9, Apr 16; 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

 

Better Together

Spend a semester bonding with seniors in our community. This is an intergenerational program with 8 teen learning sessions and 8 social gatherings. These Sunday sessions fulfill the learnings, social gatherings will be scheduled separately.  Sign up for Better Together

Teachers: Natalie Connell & Jonathan Emanuel
Grades: 7-12
Dates: Sundays, September 11, 18; October 16, 23, 30; November 13, December 4 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Spring Class Offerings

COMING THIS SPRING: 

Thu, October 6 2022 11 Tishrei 5783