Teen Learning

Our Teen Programs

Join a vibrant community of teen learners, meeting at Hebrew College and in your community, to explore Jewish tradition, history, social justice, Israel, arts, Hebrew language, and more through Prozdor Teen Open Circles, Teen Beit Midrash, Gesher Israel Seminar or Teen Hebrew Institute.

Explore Jewish philanthropy through our flagship JTFGB (Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston) and interreligious leadership through the Dignity Project or COVID Vaccine Ambassador Program in partnership with the Miller Center for Interreligious Leadership & Learning at Hebrew College, or take an academic post-high school gap-year through the Kivunim program.

Want to learn more?

Contact Rabbi Laura Bellows`18, Director of Hebrew College Teen Learning or Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Miller Center.

NEW! Prozdor Teen Open Circles (8th-12th grades)

From the 1920’s to today, Prozdor teens create thriving community through Jewish learning. Prozdor Teen Open Circle (PTOC) courses are the next generation of Prozdor: courses designed with and driven by teen input, paired with master faculty and rabbinical student educators, and available at a time that works for your busy life. Teens may choose their courses from the full Prozdor menu offered at Hebrew College on Sunday mornings OR may form their own cohort of 7-15 friends from synagogue, youth group, camp, or day school days and choose a 5–9-week class series at a time that works for you. We’ll match you with an experienced educator. Course topics range from history to Israel, arts to halacha, social justice to Tanakh, and much more.

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New! Teen Hebrew Institute (8th-12th grades)

We are thrilled to take Prozdor Hebrew to the next level as its own dedicated Teen Hebrew Institute, offering teens a supported, informal “beit café” time to practice speaking and connect socially on Sunday mornings, as well as multi-level classroom learning in-person and online.

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Gesher Israel Seminar: A Boston-Haifa Partnership

Gesher Israel connects Boston-area teens with students at our sibling school in Haifa, building a dynamic and brave space to learn about each other’s lives and discuss Israeli culture, politics, history, innovation, and current events. This seminar will be capped at 15 students and will meet 5-6 times throughout the year, in-person and online, including a Hebrew College Gesher Israel teen trip to Israel in the spring of 2022 to learn, explore Israel, and connect with our friends in Haifa.

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Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston

Teaching philanthropy to teens in 9th-12th grades

Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) is proud to be a part of the Foundation Board Incubator. This is a year-long program for Jewish high school students with all different denominational backgrounds from across the greater Boston area to develop strong leadership and communication skills, learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grant-making through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the causes they care about most. LEARN MORE

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Teen Beit Midrash

A vibrant, diverse, and serious learning community for Jewish teens in 8th-12th grades

Hebrew College’s newest youth program Teen Beit Midrash is an intimate and challenging program for those who are looking for a pluralistic and inclusive place to explore their identity as a Jewish teen and deepen their knowledge. LEARN MORE

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The Dignity Project: Interreligious Teen Leadership

Hebrew College’s Dignity Project, an initiative of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College, trains 14-16 outstanding 10th and 11th graders annually from the Greater Boston region to serve as interreligious and cross-cultural leaders for our times.

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COVID-19 Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors Program

In response to the growing need for vaccine access in certain underserved populations, Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership and Interfaith Youth Core have teamed up to pioneer a new COVID-19 Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors Program.

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COVID Youth Commission

Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership and the Center for Teen Empowerment have partnered to launch a COVID-19 Youth Commission. Members, ages 14-18 years old living in the greater Boston area who are dedicated to confronting one of the most challenging issues of our times, will assess the needs of their peers, families and community members and advocate for best policies and practices to address these needs. (By application only)

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Kivunim

An academic gap-year program in Israel for high school students

Kivunim offers an academic gap year program for North American High School graduates based in Jerusalem, Israel with programmed field trip visits to 11 countries and over 50 cities and villages significant to the historical and contemporary Jewish global world.

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