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Hebrew High

Dear Teens and Families,

Congregation B'nai Israel and I are pleased to invite you to participate in the tenth year of our Hebrew High School, a program for teens that includes students of our own congregation and the larger surrounding community. We look forward to sharing the fun that starts this fall with you!!      


Hebrew High School 2017-18


Dates: We Meet on Wednesdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m.


September 27

October 25

November 15

December 6

January 24

February 21

March 28

April 18

May 18


Cost:  $225 for all nine evenings, including pizza & salad dinners, and special treats.


Being a teenager in America means to be confronted with many choices when it comes to relationships, identity, and responsibility. We have the gift of a tradition that develops and responds to each new generation, one that begins with seeing oneself as a Jew who has the resources of a community to guide him or her, a Torah whose meanings are continually developed, and teachers who care. 


On each of our Wednesday nights, from 6:00-7:30 pm, we'll dive into one issue by using multiple platforms of modern media - film, websites, texts and blogs--to figure out our response to issues of the day including politics, health, food, relationships, Israel, and values. The goal of our readings, debates, and discussions is to learn the Jewish approach to how we live our lives and influence society in 21st century America.   

Our instructors bring innovative ideas and experiences to share with you, crazy games and new concepts to challenge your thinking. This year we will be using our well-proven model of discussion: in small groups we will delve into a topic's meaning, figure out why there might be a Jewish issue within it, see how others think and respond, and have some fun with it through games, films, articles, and debates.

Some suggested topics include:

  • Tesla versus Chevy: Which Self-Driving Car Would You Rather Ride In?

  • The Mysterious Smoking Phones: When Trouble Comes, Who Ya’ Going To Call?

  • Can you keep a secret? Is Edward Snowden a hero or villain?

  • The Funniest You-Tubes of the Year: Any Jewish Ones You Like?

  • Save A Dolphin: What that has to do with your education?

  • Explaining Israel While Standing On One Foot

  • Reading The Holocaust Scroll: How Reading Keeps Us Alive

  • Bystander or Upstander: The YouTube Series on taking a stand in society

  • Desserts for friends and family – can you cook with friends?


Of course, we'll continue to have fun discussions over “what’s in the news” during the dinner that starts each meeting.




WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

A great free Chinese dinner FOR ALL TEENS AND THEIR PARENTS to learn about Hebrew High School, BBYO, CBI Music Opportunities, MetroWest Jewish Federation's Diller and Iris Teen Programs, and opportunities to travel to and attend high school in Israel. The presentation will be one hour, followed by Hebrew High until 7:30 p.m.



MetroWest Federation Links Us to Israel Interactive


Israel continues to be a source of inspiration for American Jewish families. But it is hard to see Israel from the Somerset Hills if one only glimpses Israel as it is portrayed in the news. Now, using a combined media and personal-sharing approach called Israel Interactive, we can share the stories of the people who founded Israel, who populate Israel today, and who are our teenagers' peers.  


To deepen the appreciation for Israel our Hebrew High School also offers: 


  • Discussions on selected Wednesdays with the Jewish Federation's Israeli resource Shaliach (representative).

  • The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life's Jewish Learning Service will link you to teen-run social action projects around New Jersey. Take a look at their website




Our teen led BBYO (B'nai Brith Youth Organization) is an independent youth group for 9th - 12th grades which creates its own programs, dinners, trips, parties and discussion groups - many of which are held right here at CBI. It’s led by Students, and their adult liaison is our member, Janice Zucker. To Email Click Here


Ashrei Leaders and Torah Readers


Help your congregation by reading a short portion of Torah once during the year, or by chanting the leader's lines for the call-and-response Ashrei prayer that is said each Saturday and Sunday. We'll coach you so you'll bring "nachas" (pride) to your family and joy to the congregation! We welcome readers of all levels of experience; so, please RSVP when Hazzan-Cantor Brian Kalver calls you!


If you need quiet tuition assistance for the Hebrew High School registration or BBYO events, please speak with me.


So let's begin! I invite you to take a look at the activities... Please call with any questions or suggestions as we inaugurate this year's new adventure at CBI!


Best wishes, far in advance, for the new year of 5778! 



Wed, March 20 2019 13 Adar II 5779