Teen Educational Network

Welcome to Teen Education Network (TEN), a collaborative solution for community-wide teen programming. TEN helps to connect Minneapolis-area Jewish teens with the programs that best suit them, regardless of affiliation or synagogue membership. Read about each program below.

Adath for TEN

Adath Jeshurun

High School age programming will occur on Tuesday evenings from 5:15-7:00 pm, September 13, 2022-May 9, 2023.  Each evening will begin with dinner (menus to be built with student input!) and minyan (student opportunities to lead available) and then split into classes by grade level:

    • 9th: Big Questions on Theology, Leadership, and Life, student-directed curriculum with Hazzan Dulkin
    • 10th: Confirmation, Getting Beyond your Jewish ABCs: Power, Privilege, and Responsibility in a Changing World with Rabbi Weininger
    • 11th-12th: Mussar & Middot (developing soul/character traits) with Rabbi Kravitz
View More

Students will then be able to choose between USY Lounge (USY Membership and registration info will be sent in August), elective classes (teen band, Bible competition training, Social action opportunities, and more), or leave after their grade-level course completes. Learn more.

Heschel Society, a select group of high school students, will continue to meet with Rabbi Weininger over lunch once a month on Shabbat from 12:15-1:15pm. We study Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Sages) and explore how its ancient wisdom helps us engage the current pressures and opportunities of the world around us. Heschel Society’s select nature means participation is open to those who commit to additional learning and leadership initiatives.  Contact Rachel for more details & to sign up at rachels@adath.net.

ajc logo


Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT)AJC’s pioneering education program for high schoolers, is designed to empower the next generation of young Jewish leaders to advocate on behalf of the Jewish people, Israel, and human rights around the world. LFT aims to teach young adults how to be principled and vocal Jewish leaders. Graduates of the program will enter college with the knowledge and confidence to engage in the ongoing dialogue regarding antisemitism and Israel, and to serve as positive change agents for their peers and communities. Over the course of seven sessions, students will explore their connection to the Jewish people and Israel, and develop critical advocacy and leadership skills. You can learn more about LFT and apply here.

Please note, Minneapolis students should select the Chicago Region when filling out the application.

Bet Shalom for TEN

Bet Shalom Congregation

At Bet Shalom, Teen education and social programming are offered during the school year on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:35pm. Teens gather informally for dinner from 6:00-6:30pm and have the option to bring their own meal or purchase a meal from one of our rotating Food Trucks! 

Our educational program begins at 6:30pm and consists of a three “block” structure.

View More

Block One: Core Classes

Block one includes grade-level core classes for all 9th-12th graders.  These classes are taught by Bet Shalom teachers and clergy and explore a wide array of topics from a Jewish perspective. Students are invited to participate in learning through active discussion, reflection, and debate.

Block Two: Social Programming

Block two introduces social programming planned and led by BeSTY (Bet Shalom Temple Youth), Bet Shalom’s teen leadership board.  Our youth group is about building relationships and making connections through social programming and leadership opportunities. Kids/Teens build lasting friendships, meaningful memories and lifetime connections to Tikkun Olam, community and Judaism. BeSTY is affiliated with our international Reform youth movement, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). NFTY hosts quarterly retreats called kallot for the NFTY-Northern region, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 

Block Three: Electives

Block three is electives, where students will choose a class that explores Jewish text and tradition through a creative medium.  Some of the elective offerings will include: Cooking, Krav Maga, Cinema, Photography, Current Events, and more.

If you are interested in our program and would like to learn more, contact Ali King.

beth el for TEN

Beth El Synagogue

USY–Beth El Rishon USY (BERUSY), for grades 8-12, had its national beginnings here at Beth El and is a vital part of our Synagogue today-having won regional chapter of the year in 2012-2013 and International Chapter of the year December 2013. This group meets frequently and participates in many educational, religious, and social programs during the weekly lounge nights every Tuesday evening, the Purim Carnival, services, kinnusim and conventions. USY elects an Executive Board each year and provides leadership training for its officers and chair-people. There are numerous ways to get involved and to develop lasting, meaningful Jewish friendships. Visit our Youth Department website to learn more or contact Avi Aharoni at 952.873.7306 or at aaharoni@bethelsynagogue.org

View More

Kadima–This group is for 5th-7th graders. Kadimaniks plan social, religious and cultural activities throughout the year and participate in regional activities with other chapters. A wide variety of programs are held once a month. Kadimaniks are invited to attend the regional Kadima Kinnus held in the fall. Visit our Youth Department website to learn more.

Heschel Society–Beth El’s chapter of Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society (AJHHS) is a select group of exemplary high school students who are interested in Philanthropy, Social Justice, Social Action, and Tikkun Olam.

AJHHS members commit to meeting at least twice a month. One meeting per month will be with our new Rabbinic Interm, Rabbi Matt Goldberg, who will lead a group discussion around these topics through the Jewish lens. The second meeting per month will be a hands-on experience where teens learn about a local non-profit that helps an underprivileged community. Teens have opportunities to volunteer, visit, and learn all about the different ways to help those less fortunate.
Philanthropy is an important component of AJHHS – in addition to learning, they also help secure donations and vote on what nonprofits receive distributions at the end of the year.
This group is driven by the group and is a fulfilling commitment that will look good on any college application!

darchei for TEN

Congregation Darchei Noam

Teen Scholars’ Circle—in partnership with Beth El Synagogue—A Collaborative Partnership for Jewish High School Education. Classes will focus on Jewish ethics/thought, Tenach, Israel and more. Sessions meet from 6:00 – 8:15 pm on Sunday evenings, featuring two classes, dinner, and socializing with friends. Begins Fall 2022. Open to all high school students.  Click here to view the flyer.
For more information please contact Rabbi Davis at adavis@bethelsynagogue.org or Rob Portnoe at binah@bethelsynagogue.org.

Teen Talmud features twice-monthly Sunday evening learning sessions for all Jewish teens. Sushi, pizza or other refreshments are frequently provided. Teen Talmud aims to provide a rudimentary exposure to Talmudic texts and commentaries while pursuing deeper than rudimentary conversations that have unfolded from these texts over the centuries. Texts include famous and infamous passages culled from both Mishna and Gemara.  Passages may include famous aggadic stories as well as halachic (legal) material revolving around core ethical issues. Sessions prior to holidays focus primarily on texts with the greatest significance for the respective holidays. English translations are provided but participants are encouraged to read in Hebrew when possible.

View More

Darchei Café offers monthly teen “educational shmoozes” at local kosher establishments. Participants are encouraged to reflect on no more than three short sources drawn from texts, articles, poems, and online media.  Themes will be based in part upon feedback from the teens as to what topics and issues are of current interest to them.  The goal is to address themes through a Jewish lens, and participants should come away from the shmoozes with a sense of what Judaism has to contribute to the discussion.

For more information, including schedule and rates, contact Rabbi Max Davis.

Darchei U: Jewish foundations for high schoolers heading into the world.

Darchei Noam proudly presents Darchei U!  Currently in session for grades 8-12, but sessions are open for ALL who wish to join at any time!  No prior participation necessary. Dive into this innovative multi-year curriculum to sharpen your knowledge of Jewish history, philosophy, texts and traditions.  Gather over dinner to explore texts with your peers and discuss Jewish perspectives on life’s big questions.

Last year’s theme was Jewish history.
This year, it’s all about Jewish lifecycle events. We will survey the Jewish lifecycle in five units with three classes per unit.
Rabbi Max Davis and Mr. Robert Portnoe will alternate teaching units.

Classes are 1-hour every other Sunday evening by Zoom. See complete schedule below. Suggested annual tuition: $150 general / Darchei members $100. No one turned away.

At least one class per unit will feature a food incentive. RSVP in advance and you will receive a delicious dinner or dessert at your door prior to class!

UNIT 1 New Beginnings – Traditions and related to birth (Bris, Zeved HaBAt, Simchat Bat, Pidyon HaBen) November 22 and December 6, 20

UNIT 2 Growth and Transition – Chinuch, Obligations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah January 10, 24 and February 7

UNIT 3 Independence and New Relationships – Leaving home, Engagements, Weddings February 21 and March 7, 21

UNIT 4 Parental Perspectives – Philosophies of Childrearing April 11, 25 and May 9

UNIT 5 Journey to the Hereafter – Petirah, Levaya, and the process of aveilut May 23 and June 6, 20

Rates: $150/yr.  ($100 Darchei members)

Contact Rabbi Max Davis with questions.

hazamir for TEN

HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir

HaZamir is an international network of choral chapters for Jewish teens in the U.S. and Israel.  Annually, 400 HaZamir singers appear in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for a performance that brings together music, community, and spirituality in a context that is dynamic, transformative, and fun.  Thousands of teens have shared in this HaZamir experience.

The HaZamir Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter is conducted by Cantor Audrey Abrams on Sundays throughout the school year from 12:30-3 pm at Beth El. Auditions will be held on Sept. 8, 2019. The cost is $2,000, which includes tuition and a trip to New York. Contact Cantor Abrams  or Rimon for questions and reservation details.

View More


HaZamir International Fees are not covered in the cost. Group fundraising through local concert will defray the cost and individual scholarships may be available. HaZamir is a program of the Zamir Choral Foundation, Matthew Lazar, Founder, and Director.

jsu for ten

Jewish Student Union and Minneapolis Israel Scholars Program

JSU (Jewish Student Union) Clubs are student-led Jewish culture clubs running in High Schools throughout the Twin Cities (Current schools include Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Saint Louis Park, Southwest, and Wayzata High Schools). Clubs meet weekly after school, free kosher sushi or pizza is provided and the fun, non-judgmental atmosphere allows for teens to explore Judaism on their turf.

The club advisor is Mindy Daitchman and discussions and interactive activities revolve around a variety of topics including Israel, current events, and Jewish holidays. JSU sponsors activities outside of school as well including retreats, monthly dinner-and-learns, community service projects, Friday night dinners, and other exciting events. 

View More

Minneapolis Israel Scholars Program is a 12-week course, launched last year by JSU, designed to empower local Jewish public school teens to serve as Israel advocates, while also strengthening their bond with the Land of Israel and their Jewish heritage. The program was developed in response to the rise of BDS and anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses nationwide. The teens explore a variety of topics, including ancient Israel, the history of Zionism, Israel’s Rebirth, its wars, the peace process, and Israel’s political system. They also learn to understand and analyze media bias, Israel and Jewish stereotypes, Israel on college campuses, Boycott and Divestment issues, Israel’s shared values, and her contributions around the world. Meeting weekly at the Sabes JCC, kosher dinner is served and the program will be re-starting in November 2019 (Program deposit is refunded with weekly attendance). 

Please contact Mindy Daitchman for more info regarding JSU and NCSY activities.

moju updated

Minnesota Online Jewish Ulpan (MOJU)

The Minnesota Online Jewish Ulpan is offered through the Talmud Torah of St. Paul. We offer synchronous, small-group Zoom classes for teens, in grades 8-12. We are reaching out to Jewish teens in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas and beyond! Courses are available in Hebrew and a variety of electives on topics related to Jewish life and culture.

Our Hebrew classes are college-level courses that cover a semester’s material over the course of nine months of study. Most of our students get advanced placement in college Hebrew classes, and most receive high school credit for their Hebrew language learning.

View More

Classes for the 2021-2022 school year begin Wednesday, September 13. All times are Central.

Our classes are substantive, text-based, interpersonal, and exciting. We are open and welcoming to students from all religious backgrounds. Elective courses range in subjects including, but not limited to, Torah/Jewish text study, Music, Science, History, Social Justice, Israel and Current Global Events.

If you want to know more or to enroll, please visit (www.ttsp.org), or email Heidi Tarshish, at: heidi.tarshish@ttsp.org

Or call Heidi at: 651-698-8807

rajmn white kkgrnd

RAJMN Teen Fellowship

RAJMN is the only Jewish-Russian program for young families in Minnesota, working to connect them to the larger Jewish community in Twin Cities and provide a deeper understanding of Judaism and Russian-Jewish roots and culture since 2003.The RAJMN Teen Fellowship Program is a school-year long program for High School students which starts in September and runs for 10 months. Participants will explore and expand their understanding of who they are, who they want to be, and how they want to make a mark on the world.

Learn More

Participants will be challenged to define their strengths, challenges, and personal leadership goals. RAJMN will provide the tools, feedback, and mentoring they need to experiment, collaborate and learn from their experiences.

Teens will have leadership opportunities in fundraising, events planning, marketing, recruitment and volunteering in the RSJ community. Fellowship participants also have the option of attending Jewish conferences in the US and worldwide. RAJMN will provide stipends for teens to attend the conferences (families will make their own travel arrangements).

Learn more here.

Rimon symbol

Keren Or contest: Call for submissions

Calling all Minnesota teen Jewish writers and photographers!

Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces its 18th annual creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photographs. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18, 2022, 5 p.m. All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org.

Prizes in each category are awarded to two separate groups: students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. The prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and third places, and $36 for Honorable Mention. Nearly 200 teens have won prizes since the contest began. Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World in spring, 2022.

Learn More

Keren Or was founded in 2004 by Jerry and Eileen Siegel (z’’l) to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs. Siegel-Jacobs grew up in Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis Talmud Torah. She was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation and USY and as a teenager wrote poems and short stories.
Keren Or is managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council (an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation) and is funded by the Karen Siegel-Jacobs Fund at the Adath Jeshurun Foundation. For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org or call 952-381-3449.


Shir Tikvah Youth

Ninth and tenth-grade programming is held on Sundays at 9:30-11:30 am. Ninth graders spend a year exploring modern-day hot topics through the lens of Jewish ethics, taught by Jim Cohn. Tenth graders learn about and embracing Jewish moral courage with Dave Snyder and Rabbi Michael Latz, while also utilizing the iEngage Project from the Shalom Hartman Institute, where young students and adults meet to learn about and discuss Israel and Palestine, with discussions rooted in Jewish values and ideas. 

View More

Juniors & Seniors Rosh Chodesh Minyan. Shir Tikvah teens come together over meals and around the lunar transition to talk about important issues, explore Jewish identity and leadership, and learn practical skills to prepare for post-graduation. Facilitated by Forrest Yesnes. Held on various dates at various locations.

STiFTY – Shir Tikvah’s high school youth community (9th—12th)
Our high school youth group comes together to build and strengthen the teen community, support the Shir Tikvah mission and vision, and fuse Jewish practice with social justice issues important to them. Meets on various dates and at various locations and times.

Learn more. //  Find us on Instagram

image006 copy

The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives

Join The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives, a course for high school students based on Yossi Klein Halevi’s book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses. Our Spring 2021 Contest is now underway.

To be eligible for the contest, the writer:

  1. Must live in the US or its territories or the District of Columbia and be 14 years of age or older.
  2. Read the book.
  3. Write a letter to the author responding to the book and submit the letter here.

Writers will be invited to participate in a virtual conversation with JCRC and Letters participants, to which Yossi Klein Halevi will also be invited.

Learn More

Please click here to learn more about the project.

For questions about the contest or the submissions process, please contact info@minndakjcrc.org.

The Letters Project premiered in Spring 2020 and is supported by a grant from an Anonymous Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.

Temple Israel’s JEWL (Jewish Experiential Whole-Person Learning)

JEWL’s High School Years provide opportunities to deepen connections with peers and Temple Israel’s clergy. Learners build their personal Jewish identities as teens while tackling the challenges of being a citizen of the world. Each Wednesday evening session begins time spent together with all grades and then splits into classes by grade. Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings. Learn more.

Screen Shot 2019-04-18 at 1.41.22 PM

TIPTY (Temple Israel Program for Temple Youth)

TIPTY is a unique Reform Jewish youth community combining social and educational events for 9th-12th graders! Participate in innovative programs and creative worship, take action with Tikkun Olam, and take part in year-round weekend events and summer opportunities. At TIPTY, our teens lead programming and create a safe space for their peers, learn from each other, and inspire our community to think about Judaism in new ways. Learn more.

umn for TEN

U of M Modern Hebrew no longer offered through College in the Schools

As of March 2019, the University of Minnesota announced that it will no longer be offering Modern Hebrew through its College in the Schools program. Learn about other options for Hebrew learning at the University of Minnesota, or see the below online course.

U of M Modern Hebrew online course

Beginning spring 2020, a 5-credit Modern Hebrew course will be offered online through the University of Minnesota. The course will consist of weekly Zoom meetings on Monday evenings with flexible readings and assignments. For more information, please contact Director of Hebrew Language Instruction Dr. Renana Schneller.

Learn More

Hebrew 1002 Online—Second Semester Beginning Modern Hebrew

 HEBR 1002 Second Semester Beginning Modern Hebrew is planned for fall semester 2020 as a University of Minnesota online course. Prerequisite HEBR 1001 or placement by the course instructor. Interested students are requested to contact Dr. Renana Schneller for further information.  Juniors and seniors in high school who may be interested in taking HEBR 1002 (or any other Hebrew course offered face-to-face) through the University of Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program are advised to apply to PSEO by the April 15 deadline. More information here.


Talmud Torah of St. Paul virtual classes

Talmud Torah of St. Paul is offering virtual Jewish classes for High School students.
Classes are available on Jewish Life, Torah, Arts & Culture, Israel, and 5 levels of College-level Hebrew from Beginner to Advanced!

Learn More

Fall 2022 Classes:

  • The REAL Story of Esther
    with Rabbi Yosi Gordon
  • The Letters Project
    in partnership with JCRC and Talmud Torah Minneapolis
  • Real Talmud
    with Rabbi Yosi Gordon
  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
    with Rabbi Yosi Gordon
  • Jewish History: The Zionist Movement
    with Dr. Arie Zmora
  • The Israeli-Arab Conflict
    with Dr. Arie Zmora
  • Names, Naming, and THE Name
    with Earl Schwartz and Nina Samuels
    Mini course – 7 weeks
  • Family, Money, and Loose Talk
    with Earl Schwartz and Nina Samuels
    Mini course – 7 weeks

Learn more about each course and get signed up at ttsp.org/midrasha-moju/courses

Print Friendly, PDF & Email