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Additional Opportunities for Teen Involvement

Shabbat Buddies

This is for teens that are willing to buddy up on Shabbat!

Shabbat Buddies is a Shabbat morning program that matches teenagers in the Temple Israel Center community with children of varying abilities. Teens engage in training, which allows them to integrate all children into their appropriate age level Shabbat morning service. This program enables our Shabbat morning services to be fully inclusive.  In addition, some of our Shabbat buddies serve as greeters or assistants to our service leaders, and all serve as role models to children and adults alike.

Initial training days before the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe)

You must attend one of the following days:

  • Sunday, August 30: 11:00 am
  • Wednesday Sept 2: 6:00 pm (dinner will be served)
  • Tuesday, Sept 8: 6:00 pm (dinner will be served)

Please rsvp to Cantor Marcey Wagner, Director of Family and Youth Education at [email protected] or Ilene Bloom Cohen, Community Educator, at [email protected]

Save the date for a workshop on Wednesday night, October 14, from 6:30-8pm.  Dinner will be served.

Teen Tech: Teenager Elder Computer Help

Are you a computer whiz?  Tech savvy?  Patient when teaching others?  If so, then we need you!

Teen Tech is a six week course offered to adults in the TIC community who need help with their technology skills.  Each week, teens meet with adults to answer questions they have about computer programs, social media or anything else that is confusing to them.  Teens are paired with an adult in one-on-one training sessions providing personalized instruction according to the needs of their adult learner.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Nancy Parkes at [email protected] or Jonathan Behar at

Schedule:  Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am

Dates: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, (no class on the 29 - Thanksgiving weekend), Dec 6 and 13

Location: TIC Library

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

For 8th and 9th grade girls only

One Sunday a month, you will have the opportunity to meet with girls your own age to discuss some of the many things going on in your life.  This will be a safe place to learn, laugh, and, of course, eat together as you explore and discuss how Jewish values can inform the decisions you make every day. 

“For me, Rosh Hodesh is about being with girls with the same values who I can trust and hang out with, no pressure.”

 – 14-year-old participant

Monthly schedule on the following dates from 5:30-7:00 pm:

Oct 18

Nov 15

Dec 20 

Jan 17

Feb 28

March 20

April 17

May 15

Location will vary from month to month and will take place in people’s homes.

Fee: $180 (no cost if you are already enrolled in Havurat Torah)

Please let us know you are interested in joining us by sending an email to our Rosh Hodesh leader, Dana Levinson at [email protected]

Note: Mothers and daughters are invited to join us on Thursday night, October 1, at 7:30pm at TIC for an introductory session and “Taste of Rosh Hodesh” with leader, Dana Levinson.

TIC’s Madrikhim program

Being an Assistant in Shorashim, grades K-6


Madrikh/a literally means, “guide(s)”, but our madrikhim are so much more than that!

Being a madrikh or madrikha is about being a leader and role model for our learners in Shorashim by demonstrating responsibility, initiative, and hesed, (kindness).  It is also about working and caring for children as you share their experiences and show them that learning about Judiasm can and is fun!

Madrikhim help guide our learners in Shorashim in their activities and experiences, while also helping our educators with hands-on projects.  Madrikhim in our learning spaces will be mentored by our professional educators and clergy.

Madrikhim are responsible for attending meetings throughout the year, which will focus on issues such as inclusion, classroom management, lesson planning, and leadership while gaining Jewish content knowledge and important life skills.

Meeting schedule:

  • September 2, 4:00-6:00 pm: Meet and learn with Shorashim educators and staff
  • September 16, 6:30-7:55 pm: What is Jewish Education?
  • October 14: 6:30-7:55 pm: Building Relationships
  • Three additional dates to be announced

If you are unable to attend a meeting, please let Nancy Parkes or Michelle Steinhart know by email ([email protected] or [email protected]) or leave a message in the Shorashim/HT office (914-948-2800, ext 123).