Here at Temple Emanuel we believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor that continues well past b’nai mitzvah! We have plenty of learning opportunities for teenagers! 


Teen Civic Leadership Council (TCLC)

In this program, students are invited to learn the ins and outs of being a community leader with a Jewish lens. We have built a nationally celebrated partnership with the Religious Action Center (RAC). Each year, teens select an issue that engages their intellect and passion, learn from experts in the field, lobby, and engage in nonprofit advocacy and philanthropy. The students take a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet and learn with over two thousand teens from across the country, through the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice seminar. Class meets once a month. For students in grades 9-12. 

Immigration and Refugee Justice (IRJ) 

Through this program, teens explore the multifaceted nature of immigration with Tzedek America, and together, our teens will unpack the aspects that make this issue complex.Teens will travel to Arizona to meet with humanitarian organizations, border patrol agents, and migrants themselves.The trip will promote dialogue, challenge preconceptions, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the issues. Class meets once a month. For students in grades 8 – 12.

Madrichim Leadership Institute

Religious School would not be the same without our amazing madrichim, or teen helpers in our classrooms. This program is a great way to gain experience, stay connected with our temple community, and nourish the next generation. Plus, madrichim get to participate in monthly training sessions focusing on leadership, teamwork, and more. Madrichim receive community service hours for their participation or are eligible to receive stipends after their first year of service. 

Curious to learn more about our program? Contact Rabbi Liora Alban for curricula and questions about our teen classes. For questions about registration, contact Karen Porper