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Teen Tzedek (Justice) Program

The Teen Tzedek (Justice) Program consists of two parts: a monthly learning session with Rabbi Lauren and a social action/justice themed experiential trip.

Monthly with Rabbi Lauren, Teens will explore Jewish values of social action and social justice, discuss contemporary issues from a Jewish lens, and explore our emerging Jewish identities as high school aged New Yorkers.

Check the calendar for Teen Dates

Once a year, Teens participate in a trip led by Rabbi Lauren, to travel as a group to learn, bond, and effect change. Teens are able to receive service hours credit needed at many New York high schools.

In 2018, SAJ teens participated in the Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement’s L’taken program where they learn about the government and advocacy, explore Jewish values related to issues they care about, and lobby in front of the staff of their elected officials on topics they have researched and prepared.

In March 2019, SAJ teens travelled to Portland, Oregan for a Hands-On Jewish Experience with Tivnu, gap-year and educational Jewish program that engages participants in hands-on work building houses alongside and for the homeless, among other grassroots and social action projects. Along with the building work, students met with and learned from the advocates who have made change in their communities. They also had the opportunity to explore a new city and enjoy hiking, swimming, and connecting with a local Reconstructionist synagogue for Shabbat. 

In 2020-2021, SAJ teens will join with teens from Bnai Keshet for a series of monthly trainings in community organizing and social action. 

In December 2020, there will be a 2 week long camp-like-program to train teens in Community Organizing. This program is called “Achshav” (which means “now”).

If you have questions about the SAJ Teen Tzedek program, contact Rabbi Lauren, rabbilauren@saj.nyc.

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