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 4 options:

  1. Explore NY: Sunday field trips and adventures around NYC; often relating to the topics that our 8th-10th graders will study.
    • September 15
    • October 27
    • December 8
    • February 9
    • April 5
    • May 17
  2. Teen Advisory Council: The Advisory Council will work with the youth advisor to plan social events, build community, and recruit friends to join them for events. Advisory Council members will have opportunities to hone leadership skills as they work collaboratively to plan events for their peers. There will be 3-6 Advisory Council Meetings throughout the year. 
  3. Shabbat @ the Rabbis’: Join Rabbi Ain and Rabbi Dave at their apartment for interesting speakers, learning and conversations on Saturday afternoon. Meets monthly from 4-5:30 pm. 
    • October 12
    • November 16
    • December 14
    • January 11: SPS member, Bernie Ellman, will meet with the teens to share his story of leaving home at the age of 17 to fight for Israel in the 1948 war of independence. Listen to his story, ask questions about Israel then and now, and consider what Israel means to you.
    • February 1: SPS member Lizzie Quaid will tell her personal journey of converting to Judaism. Come hear from Lizzie-learn about her process, what she believes in, why Judaism was the right path for her, and how she lives her life today. We will then explore fundamental questions about Judaism as a group. 
    • March 14
    • April 25
  4. 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.
    • Simchat Torah reading: Monday, October 1
    • Mitzvah Day: Sunday, November 10
    • Teen Shabbat dinner: Friday, January 24
    • Purim Carnival: Sunday, March 8
    • Purim Shpiel/Megillah Reading: Monday, March 9
    • Teen Shabbat: Saturday, May 9

8th-10th grades:Wednesdays with Hannah Levin
Our 8th-10th grade students complete a 3 year cycle of Jewish learning and experiences around New York City to give them a more sophisticated understanding of Judaism. The three areas of focus are Jewish History and Culture, Jewish Values, and Jews & the Greater Community. This year, we are in Year 1 of the cycle, focusing on Jewish History & Culture. 

Teens will meet monthly on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm; dinner included.

  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 13
  • January 15
  • February 5
  • March 11
  • April 29
  • May 6

11th-12th grades: Upperclassmen Seminars
Our oldest Teens, in 11th and 12th grades, have seminars on a two year cycle to prepare them for encountering the college Jewish world. In Year 1 of the cycle, our Teens will be Israel Fellows as they explore Israel in a more sophisticated manner. They will explore their connections to Israel, as well as historical and current events that have shaped Israel and its relationship with the world through the lens of of the book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi. In the second year of the cycle, our students will have a “Jewish college prep” curriculum designed to help them navigate college Jewish life. 

Israel Fellows will meet 5 times over the year, on Wednesdays, from 7:30-8:30 pm.

  • October 23
  • December 11
  • February 12
  • April 1
  • May 6

9th-12th grades: JRS Madrich Track (Teacher’s Assistant)
Our high school-aged Teens (9th-12th grades) are also invited to join our Madrich Track as classroom assistants in the Jackson Religious School. This is a wonderful way to earn community service hours, build community, get experience working with children (great for applying to camp or teaching jobs!), and to pass on their love of Judaism and SPS. If service hours are not necessary, compensation can be arranged.

Click here to enroll in N’siyah