Rodeph Shalom Youth & Teen Virtual Summer Programming 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Rodeph Shalom, during this summer like no other we are keeping our children connected with each other and with their Jewish lives!  Online programs include weekly youth group events for all ages, Midweek Hebrew enrichment classes for students in 1st through 6th grades, teen game nights and a teen conversations series on important topics in our world, Friday night Shabbat and Sh’ma experiences for PreK-2nd grade, and special events for all BML families to share together.  These experiences will be led by Jennifer James, Director of Youth Education, together with some of our most talented and engaging teachers from Berkman Mercaz Limud and highlighted by visits from Rabbi Maderer, Rabbi Freedman, and Cantor Glassman. Because this programming was not anticipated in the 2020-21 synagogue budget, and in order to compensate our talented, dedicated teachers who are providing these youth opportunities, a donation of $118 for each student who participates in the summer programming is suggested and greatly appreciated, but not required.  

Click here to register for these programs. 

RSTY 1-2-3 with Miss Shira (Tuesdays through August 25 at 3:30pm): Miss Shira returns with more fun and innovative programming, including new games, scavenger hunts, escape rooms and more!  Zoom links and other information will be provided to anyone who signs up by Tuesday morning.

Midweek Hebrew (Wednesdays  at 4:30pm):  Our popular Wednesday Hebrew learning program will continue over the summer, with students divided into small groups based on age and Hebrew level. Midweek Hebrew is an enrichment activity, and not required in order to prepare for b’nai mitzvah. It is ideal for students who are interested in learning a new language and doing so with games and other immersive instruction methods, with other children who are also excited to explore the Hebrew language. Zoom links and other information will be provided to everyone who signs up by Wednesday morning. 

RSTY 4-5 with Emily (Thursdays through August 27 at 3:00pm): Emily Marder has a slew of fun and innovative programs planned, including brand-new games, scavenger hunts, a virtual escape room, and more! Zoom links and other information will be provided to anyone who signs up by Thursday morning.

RSTY 6-7 with Emily (Thursdays through August 27 at 4:40pm): Emily Marder has a slew of fun and innovative programs planned, including brand-new games, scavenger hunts, a virtual escape room, and more! Zoom links and other information will be provided to anyone who signs up by Thursday morning.

Shabbat and Sh’ma with Jennifer James and Emily Marder (PreK-2nd Grade)Join Jennifer James and Emily Marder for a musical, story-filled welcome to Shabbat. We will end the Shabbat experience with a special Sh’ma ritual that your whole family can enjoy together. Shabbat and Sh’ma takes place on the following Fridays, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.:  July 24, August 14, August 28, and September 18.


BML Families Events: 
We have two events planned for BML families with children of all ages — save these dates and look for details to follow in the coming weeks.

    • August 8 — Virtual Family Game Night
    • September 5 — Drive-In Movie Night in the RS parking lot 

Teen Conversations for TodayThis series of conversations will allow RS teens to engage with each other, with clergy, and with guests on the following topics:

    • Get Out The Vote:  A Conversation with Rabbi Freedman and Michelle Brancheau Fogg — Wednesday, July 29, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Protesting Systemic Racism: A Conversation with Logan Schulman and Jacob Marder — Wednesday, August 12, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Women’s Suffrage at 100 Years: A Conversation with Rabbi Maderer — Wednesday, September 9, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Mindfulness in the Month of Elul:  A Conversation with Jennifer James — Wednesday, September 23, 8:00-9:00 p.m

Teen Game Nights: 
Time for fun!  Game nights over Zoom will offer Jackbox games, online Pictionary, and more.  Teens who are on the calls will get to choose the games they play and lead the games (Jennifer James  will be “present” to provide supervision).
    • Saturday, July 25, 9:00-10:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 22, 9:00-10:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 19, 9:00-10:00 p.m.