Uncategorized Teen Learning Renaissance at Hebrew College

By Wendy Linden

What do teens want? To make their own choices. This fall, Teen Learning at Hebrew College will offer six options—including four new and reimagined programs—that allow teens to choose experiences that fit their unique passions, backgrounds, and schedules.

“We talked to a lot of parents and teens about how we could best serve young Jews in their Jewish learning and growth,” says Rabbi Laura Bellows, Director of Teen Learning at Hebrew College. “We are excited to offer teens what they asked for—a robust menu of diverse learning options, led by dynamic and warm faculty, scholars, and practitioners, where teens can craft their own Jewish learning experiences and explore.”

Laura Bellows

Prozdor of Hebrew College
Where Jewish Teens Thrive

With more than 5,000 graduates, Prozdor offers Sunday morning classes ranging from politics to philosophy, humor to hands-on social justice, and Talmud to art, as well as Modern Hebrew. Next year, Prozdor is expanding its Hebrew options, shifting to a three hour program, and creating a new Prozdor Immersives track.

JTFGB of Hebrew College
Teen Philanthropy & Leadership

This popular program will return for its sixth year of teen leadership, values-driven learning, collaboration, and fundraising. Teens have awarded grants to organizations that fight child abuse and sexual assault, support refugees, and address mental health and environmental issues, among other issues.  

TeenBeitMidrash_logoTeen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College:
Where Talmud, Teens & Today’s Questions Meet 

Teens who love to learn come together weekly to explore the big questions and issues of today through Talmud. This program has been thriving at Harvard Hillel and will be expanding to two sites: Tuesdays in its original home and Wednesdays at Hebrew College. Learn more

Prozdor_Immersive_logoProzdor Immersives of Hebrew CollegeDeep Dive Innovation & Arts

For those who want a deep dive into experiential Jewish learning, Prozdor Immersives will meet for 2-3 hours on three Sundays each year, going in-depth into different Jewish learning tracks: arts, innovation, change-making, or ethical debates. Sign up for one, two, or all three Immersives.

GesherIsrael_logoGesher Israel of Hebrew College
Teen Israel Experience

Teens will meet every few weeks over a meal to discuss Isreali culture and Jewish identity, alongside teens from the Reali School in Haifa. Independently and together, they will explore questions of identity, pluralism, and denominationalism, as well as history, culture, social issues, and current events, and visit each other, if possible.

DignityProject_logoDignity Project of Hebrew College
Interreligious Teen Leadership  

High schoolers will be trained to serve as cross-cultural leaders to help build bridges of understanding and cooperation. The program is being developed by the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, in collaboration with houses of worship, schools, and civic organizations throughout the city. 

Learn more about our Teen Learning programs or contact Rabbi Laura Bellows `18, Director, Hebrew College Prozdor and Teen Learning at lbellows@hebrewcollege.edu.

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