Director of Youth Education: Jennifer James (jjames@rodephshalom.org)

Our Mercaz Limud ("Learning Center") engages students from Pre-K through 12th grade in living a Jewish life of meaning informed by deep understanding and enriched by friendship. This year, renovated spaces for pre-teens and new curriculum on Israel, Jewish history, and teen learning enhance the Berkman Mercaz Limud experience.

Trips and Travel

These opportunities stay with our teens and pre-teensfor a lifetime and include:

Retreat at Camp Harlam (4th-6th Grades):  Friday, November 1-Sunday, November 3

New York City Weekend (8th-12th Grades):Friday, November 22-Sunday, November 24

US Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. (7th Grade): Sunday, January 26

Religious Action Center Weekend in D.C. (10th-12th Grades): Friday, February 28-Monday, March 2

Ellis Island (6th Grade):Sunday, April 19

 

Lundy Lending Library

A beautiful collection of books for children of all ages and their parents is available for browsing and borrowing every Sunday during Berkman Mercaz Limud. Bring the love of Jewish learning home every week with a new book.

 

Parents of Berkman Mercaz Limud

Pre-K - 4th Grade Chairs: Kait Yulman (kait.yulman@gmail.com), Geoff Neimark (gneimark@hotmail.com), Laurel Glaser (laurel.glaser@gmail.com) and Mark Levenstien (levensm@gmail.com);
5th Grade - 9th Grade Chairs: Laurel Glaser and Mark Levenstien
10th Grade & Up Chairs: Andi Shuster (andishuster@yahoo.com) & Stephanie Bungard (stephaniebungard@gmail.com)
Parents of Berkman Mercaz Limud students get together to strengthen their sense of community.

Hanukkah Sing-along at the Philadelphian: Sunday, December 15 at 4:00pm

Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, February 2 at 9:30am

NEW: Teen families baking for Mitzvah Meals and Hunger ReSponse. Plus, Parents Helping Parents returns to support families through B'nai Mitzvah planning.

 

RSTY (Rodeph Shalom Temple Youth)

Youth groups foster life-long Jewish friendships and community for all ages. RSTY for children in grades Pre-K through 5th grade are led by Youth Engagement Coordinator Stacie Graff.  See below for two new programs.

 

Tzedek Seekers —New this year

Sundays, November 24, December 15, January 5, January 19 from 12:30-3:00pm; Friday, February 14 from 4:00-8:00pm
A new social justice cohort for 6th-7th-8thgraders focused on activism and Jewish connections. Tzedek is the Hebrew word for justice. This cohort will be dedicated to seeking justice in all segments of society. Participants will also deepen relationships and make new connections with RS friends. Participants will help plan and implement Berkman Mercaz Limud's MLK Day of Service on Sunday January 19, 2020 and engage in additional social justice projects. Cost: $90 for the year. Register online at www.tfaforms.com/4743706. 

 

Leadership Lab —New this year

Wednesdays, October 30, November 20, January 8, February 5, March 11, and May 6 from 6:30-8:00pm
A new cohort-based leadership development program for teens in 9th-12thgrades. Learn core leadership competencies such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, as well as deepen relationships and make new connections with RS friends. Cost: $118 for the year. Apply online at www.tfaforms.com/4743458.

 

NFTY-PAR (National Federation of Temple Youth - Pennsylvania Area Region)

NFTY, the Reform Jewish youth group movement, provides an extraordinary opportunity for teens to pursuetikkun olam, deep connections, personal growth, and leadership skills with Jewish teens from across Pennsylvania, Delaware, and South Jersey. Weekend retreats, held four times a year, create unique experiences that become treasured memories.