N’siyah: Jewish Journeys for our Teens

N’siyah is our framework for our Teen program. N’siyah encompasses all of our Teen programming—both educational and more social programs, for Teens in 8th-12th grades. N’siyah is designed to allow our Teens to pick their own Jewish journeys while developing leadership skills and enhancing their Jewish knowledge. There are multiple tracks available.

For all Teens in N’siyah, we have several options:

Wednesdays with Hannah: Exploring Jewish Values

This virtual program will take place monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Our Teens will explore Jewish values as they ask (and answer) the Big Questions of today.
What does it mean to love the stranger?
What does it mean to be part of a community?
How do we support those with less than us?
What does it mean to be anti-racist?

Israel and Me: Current Conversations with Alyssa
This virtual program will take place monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Israel: the Jewish homeland. This is a place that is wonderful, complicated, and often confusing, especially in the news. Our Teens will learn about and then develop their own Israel Story as we explore:
What does it mean to be a Zionist?
What is our Biblical and religious connection?
What is Israel’s history?
What are all of these “peace plans” about?
Why do so many people criticize Israel and how do I respond?

N’siyah Social Events:
Meet virtually monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30 or Saturday evenings

  • Wednesdays: Fun programming with your friends! Virtual museum visits, film discussions, concerts, book clubs…
  • Havdallah with the Rabbis: Join Rabbis Ain and Dave to end Shabbat together on Saturday nights.

Leadership Opportunities:

  • Teen Advisory Council:  Teens will work with Hannah to plan, advertise, and implement our social events. Teens will commit approximately 2 hours per month to meet with Hannah, complete designated tasks, etc. 
  • Madrich Track: Teens will assist in JRS classes both virtually and/or in-person. Teens will commit to attending JRS sessions regularly, as well as occasional madrichim training sessions. While we don’t necessarily need Teens to commit to the full school year, there is an 8 week minimum requirement in order to build relationships with the JRS students and teachers. Teens may earn service hours for their time. 
  • Internships: Teens will have the opportunity to assist full-time SPS staff in a variety of capacities. The internships can be regular or occasional, depending on the responsibilities. This is a great way to earn both service hours and experience in flexible way. Projects occur on different timelines–some weekly, some monthly, some on a more occasional basis. The time required for each project also varies but is often around 3 hours per month. Teens may earn service hours for their time. 

General Teen and congregational events: All Teens in 8th-12th grades are invited to participate as volunteers for our Purim Carnival, performers in our Purim Shpiel, readers for Simchat Torah or Purim, leaders for Teen Shabbat, and to have roles in our annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) commemorations.

Click here to enroll in N’siyah

For questions, email Alyssa Schwager (aschwager@spsnyc.org) or Hannah Levin (hlevin@spsnyc.org)