JCC Teen Program
We are Shomrei Torah’s Reform Temple Youth Group (SHORTY), part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the Reform Jewish youth movement. NFTY strives to provide meaningful and engaging youth experiences for teens and fosters leadership at the national, regional and congregational level. SHORTY is open to all 9th-12th graders to enrich their connection to Judaism, socialize with fellow Jewish teens, attend local and regional events, and enhance their leadership skills.
• Popular Chaverim dinner discussions for each age group once or twice a month. Visit jccsoco.com for registration, dates, etc. We’re expecting approximately 100+ members this year.
• Throughout the year there will be Shabbat dinners and services; and progressive dinners.
• Teen-led Social Action Committee
• Outreach plans to identify and engage unaffiliated Jewish teens county-wide
• A special opportunity to do some advanced Jewish learning with Rabbis Gittleman and Kramer
• Shabbat dinners for members
All events are county-wide, and encourage Jewish teen members as well as new prospective members. If your teens have been involved, and you have not signed them up, we encourage you to do so. If your teens have not been involved, call Aaron or Rick at the JCC at 707-528-4222 for more information.
More info at www.jccsoco.org
Are you ready to change the world?
February 7-10, 2014
Every year, nearly 2,000 high school-aged students participate in the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Seminar in Washington, D.C. The program is designed to expose students to a variety of public policy issues, explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teach the skills of an effective advocate. Throughout the weekend, we will give you the knowledge and tools to write an effective, persuasive and passionate speech on a topic of your choice to present when you visit the offices of your senators and representatives during the trip. Lobbying a Member of Congress is a unique experience that very few Americans take advantage of and one that can have a significant impact on the course of legislation. Of course, we will also take advantage of the vast opportunities available in our nation’s capital by visiting the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Mall and celebrating Havdallah at the Jefferson Memorial. And, all the while, you will have the chance to meet and mingle with hundreds of Reform Jews from across the United States, all of whom are in D.C. for the same reason that you are—to pursue tikkun olam. If your high school student is interested, contact Rabbi Kramer. Space is limited.
Shomrei Torah College Students
Sending your kids off to college this fall? Send us their names, addresses, email addresses and the name of their schools and we’ll keep in touch at the holidays! Email Melissa Kort.
Diller Scholarship & Fellows
Mazal Tov to Gabe Ferrick, who was awarded a Diller Scholarship for his work to end genocide. Gabe’s path toward activism began to unfold with his Shomrei Torah Bar Mitzvah project and $360 of his own money. He mobilized the Santa Rosa community through a Jewish World Watch Backpack Project, which became a “jumping-off point” for local and national efforts and has grown to include a Walk for Darfur and a Walk to End Genocide series. Gabe’s proud parents are Nancy and Reed Ferrick.
Mazal Tov to Isaac Kort-Mead, Lily Peterson and Matthew Blumenthal who have been named Diller Teen Fellows as part of a Bureau of Jewish Education program dedicated to developing future generations of Jewish leaders worldwide. The three teens will attend monthly seminars in San Francisco along with retreats and an intensive learning experience in Israel. Isaac is the son of Melissa Kort and Tom Meade, Lily’s parents are Laura and Rex Peterson, and Matt is the son of Jamie and Gary Blumenthal.