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Teen Universe at BZBI

Life After Bar/Bat Mitzvah…

In keeping with our mission of motivating students to make a commitment to live a Jewish life, we offer various opportunities for our teens to engage with each other and the community at large. Some are described below, others are shared throughout the year.

Whether or not your teen was called to the Torah and/or had a ceremonial celebration, they are considered a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the eyes of the Jewish law. That means they are responsible and accountable for their own Jewish identity and actions. So, not only are they allowed to participate in our programs, they are encouraged to.


Classes are available by peer group as part of Neziner Hebrew High. In addition, we have a monthly Shabbat morning class called “Teaching Torah to Teens” (TTT), that utilizes local figures and organizations to examine Jewish text through a Social Action lens. Contact the Director of Youth & Family Education for more information.

Neziner Hebrew High

Neziner Hebrew High provides guidance in creating and maintaining a Jewish identity in the contemporary world. We separate our school into three grades, Solelim (8th grade), Confirmation (9th & 10th grade), and Post Confirmation* (11th & 12th grade). To learn more about this program, you can reference our curriculum here.

*Post Confirmation is pending student interest.

Teaching Torah to Teens (Monthly on Shabbat, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM)

Teaching Torah for Teens (TTT) is a series of monthly workshops that will focus on “living Torah” in different ways. This year, the class will be led by long-time BZBI member Rosalie Kurtz, who will be bringing elements of the Mussar program to our teens. The workshops will provide an opportunity to study together and learn from one another, then join the greater BZBI community at Kiddush.

TTT Schedule this year:
Monday, September 10, 2018 (Rosh HaShanah 1)
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Rosh HaShanah 2)
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (Yom Kippur)
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019


USY (United Synagogue Youth) offers BZBI teens an autonomous space to explore their Judaism in a meaningful way in a modern urban setting. BZBI USY programs include social, religious, educational, and service based initiatives, as well as participation with the greater USY Hagesher Region events. BZBI USY provides a variety of peer-led programs that enable each of our teens to find a comfortable affiliation point to USY, and to develop their own identity as community leaders. Contact Rachel Beck, USY Advisor, for more information. 


Teens have an opportunity to volunteer in various capacities in synagogue life, from guiding younger age groups to helping with administrative tasks, giving them hands on involvement in the community. They are also offered roles in our different programs and special events, such as the Sleep-Under and the Purim Carnival. Contact the Director of Youth & Family Education for more information.