Unique opportunities for 8th-12th Graders @ TINYC: Now Open to ALL Jewish Teens

NEW THIS YEARThe core learning of our teen program, the Academy, will focus on the social, emotional, and spiritual development of our participants. According to psychologist Betsy Stone, spiritual well-being protects against social pressures that cause depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicidal ideation We strive to give our teens the tools they need to interact with the world with a positive sense of self. When not learning, other opportunities for engagement include community service, experiential travel, and social opportunities.


Read more below, then pick the category that best describes your teen’s engagement level to travel with us

Thank you for your interest in Academy trips for 2023-2024.

The educational value and social experiences which our teens receive by participating in our Academy trips is unparalleled. Temple Israel is there committed to ensuring that any member teen who wishes to travel has the opportunity to do so. Therefore, the out-of-pocket cost to Temple Israel families is graciously subsidized, and additional scholarships may be available for those enrolled in our All-Access program. Financial expense should be not the deciding factor in a family’s decision.

8th and 9th graders will travel together with teens from Stephen Wise Free Synagogue to Georgia and Alabama to explore the sites of the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of this transformative time. In Atlanta, we will see the burial site and childhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and unpack the story of Leo Frank – made famous by the Broadway musical Parade. In Birmingham, we will see Kelly Ingram Park, where peaceful were infamously broken up with high-pressure water cannons and dogs. In Selma, we will walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of John Lewis’s famous march for voting rights. And in Montgomery, we will visit the memorial for lynchings, the site where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and the Southern Poverty Law Center an organization that today monitors hate speech and prejudice against any group. Along the way, we will learn about the role Jews played in the movement and the implications of that activism for us The trip will depart in the early morning of Friday, February 16 and return in the early evening of Monday, February 19.

10th-12th graders will travel together with teens from Stephen Wise Free Synagogue to Berlin, capital of Germany for a long weekend of Jewish history and culture. Few countries embody so many historical contradictions: Enlightenment high culture, a dramatic descent into depravity, and an ongoing confrontation with past sins. The most powerful country in Europe – with fast-growing Jewish and refugee communities – holds the keys to the continent’s past and future. As such we will look at the Jewish culture that existed from the Middle Ages until the modern area. Part of that exploration will include the birth of the Reform Movement in the 1800s as Jews strived to assimilate into broader culture. We will of course look at the Nazi era and the Cold War that followed, with a particular emphasis the legacy that both have today. The trip will depart in the mid-afternoon of Thursday, February 15 and return in the early evening of Tuesday, February 20.

10th-12th graders can also attend the L’Taken (Hebrew for “to change”) Seminar in Washington, DC. Working in partnership with the Religious Action Center, the Reform movement’s advocacy arm in our nation’s capitol, teens will learn about the complex and nuanced nature lobbying and how it plays a role in today’s political system. Participants will also unpack current issues which are being debated in Congress, ultimately picking one of their own and creating a speech about it which they will deliver on Capitol Hill! Time will also be allocated for visits to the US Holocaust Museum, the MLK memorial, and the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The trip will depart mid-afternoon on January 26 and return in the evening on January 29. Limited space is available, and priority registration will be given to those teens who cannot join us in Berlin.

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