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November 2, 2018  RSS feed
Schools

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Synagogues offer 2 programs for teens

Conservative synagogues in St. Petersburg and Clearwater have teamed up to offer two programs for teens in eighth and ninth grades – the Matan Institute for Teens and the Shevet program created by the Moving Traditions organization.

The Matan program, for boys and girls, teaches leadership skills and is ideal for teens who want to work in a summer camp, in their congregation’s religious school or get service credits at a non-profit like a hospital or school. The program also teaches teens about inclusion.

The group will meet on Sundays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon with sessions on Nov. 11, Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 3, April 7 and May 5 at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 N. 58th St., St. Petersburg. The cost is $54 and includes a certificate of achievement. For more information or to register, contact Maureen Sechan at maureen@cbistpete.org or call (727) 381-4900, ext. 1011.

The Shevet program is for boys only in the eighth and ninth grades. Because teens often have issues with self-esteem, competition and relationships, it is important for them to have real friends and trusted mentors. The values and support of a Jewish community can be a positive influence. For this reason, the Shevet program holds small peer group meetings with trained adult mentors who foster open conversations in a safe place, empowering teens to become strong Jewish men.

This group will meet on Nov. 4, Dec. 16, Jan. 27. Feb. 24, March 24, April 28 and May 19 with facilitator Jason Palmer at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater.

For more information or to register, contact Dana Shepard at (727) 531-1418. Though the first session of the program will likely be over by the time readers learn of it, Shepard says it is not too late to sign up by the second session.


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