Temple Or Rishon is committed to valuing, connecting and involving all of our post Bar/Bat Mitzvah teenagers in Jewish life. we are excited to present an alternative program that recognizes the busy lives of our junior high and high school students and the choices they make.
Our TOR based program offers a multitude of opportunities for learning, community, activism and friendships. Our Teen Or program is designed to strengthen faith in God, love of Torah, and identification with the Jewish people by involving our youth in the Temple, as well as the larger Jewish community.
All of our teens, 8th through 12th grades, will spend time in the classroom with the Rabbi and other positive role models. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their skills as Jewish mentors and teachers through TOR's madrichim (teaching assistants) program, and receive guidance from our madrichim coordinator. Another option for our teens is to become involved in our youth groups. Both TASTY and TASTY Bites provide leadership opportunities for many of our members and avenues of learning about Social Action, Religious and Cultural experiences outside of the temple and in our communities and neighborhoods.
One of the highlights of our teen program is the 10th grade Confirmation year when we talk about timeless matters that challenge every generation. It's an exciting forum where young people will spend extra time with Rabbi Rabishaw and will have the opportunity to discuss issues that are best addressed with intellectual and spiritual maturity.
Our 11th and 12 grade students meet monthly with the Rabbi and other community leaders to help keep them engaged in Jewish learning as they look towards the college years.