Wednesday Night Teen Program (WNP)
We are excited to launch a new structure this year for our High School students, grades 9-12. Understanding that these years are an important time for both identity building and social connection, we seek to offer time, place and opportunity for Jewish teenagers to connect in these ways.
High School students will meet twice per month from 7:00-8:30pm. Please see this calendar.
Once each month our gathering will take place at PTBE (typically the 1st Wednesday of the month) with a structured, intensive learning experience. Some sessions will include a special guest or "expert" on a particular topic or from a compelling organization. Other sessions will be led by the clergy.
Once each month (typically the 3rd Wednesday of the month) our gathering will take place offsite for a fun, social, elective-based opportunity to unwind at the PJCC with Jewish friends.
Our whole high school community will gather for a retreat November 11-13, 2016. This will be an unforgettable weekend of bonding like no other.
10th graders can choose to participate in Confirmation. The course combines required study sessions with Rabbi Dennis (please see calendar for dates), in addition to participation in the new WNP model. An essential part of Confirmation includes our 9th-12th grade teen retreat, where confirmands will have a special track. In the program, teens will grapple with what it means to “confirm” one’s Jewish identity. At the end of the year, our confirmands will publicly share their learning at a Shabbat service.
Madrichim are our 8th-12th grade education assistants who serve in Rishonim, Gesher, and Hebrew Programs. Madrichim energize our learning environment with their enthusiasm, serve as role models for younger students, help teachers with classroom set up and clean up, lead games, facilitate groups, and tutor students in Hebrew. In addition to helping out in our classrooms, it is our goal to help these young leaders hone their skills by offering supportive development opportunities for them throughout the yer.
Madrichim are paid for their work according to their grade level and experience in the classroom.
Click here for information on SMRTY (San Mateo Reform Temple Youth)