Emi Lenes, a professional counselor at the PACE Center in Gainesville, led Temple teens in a variety of activities meant to explore their religous and personal identities, on Sunday, November 20.
Temple Shir Shalom has introduced an important new program called Beyond B'nai Mitzvah for its post-b'nai mitzvah and high school age students. This new program, along with a re-emergent Temple Youth Group, will significantly strengthen the congregation's offerings to teenage members. "We hope," according to Rabbi Michael Joseph, "to make it both easier and more likely that our children will choose Jewish paths for themselves."
"Beyond B'nai Mitzvah" will meet on five Sunday afternoons during the current academic year, and then resume in the fall of 2011. Each session, from 12:30-2:00pm, will include a full lunch, a short study session, and a program presented by various prominent members of our Jewish community. These guests will each present, through personal experience, their paths to adult Jewish commitment.
Rabbi Joseph will coordinate this program in partnership with Virginia Brissette, along with the assistance of religious school principal, Debbie Boada. The program is subsidized by a grant from the Jewish Council of North Central Florida, and there is no cost to families for the sessions to be held this school year. It is open to Shir Shalom students in the 7th grade and above, whether or not they have yet become, or are planning to become b’nai mitzvah. Please check the Temple calendar for dates, and/or call for more information.