The BHC Youth Education Program has a variety of entry points to engage families in Jewish life and learning. We believe that our Sunday programs, Alternative options, Youth groups, Shabbat/Holiday Services, camps and social action programs are just the beginning in creating a foundation for living a Jewish life.
We pride ourselves on meeting families where they are and providing meaningful, engaging opportunities for participation. INFO: Brad Cohen, Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-764-1587, ext. 290.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday mornings (9 AM-12 PM) offers programs for ages 3—13. The program enables students to develop a foundation of Jewish life as part of an inclusive, vibrant, active community. Sunday morning students spend time together exploring the grade level curriculum, participating in Hebrew Through Movement sessions and a weekly t’filah (worship experience), while creating friendships that we hope will last a lifetime. In 3rd grade, students take ownership of their Jewish education, choosing one elective per semester. Electives in past years have included Amazing Race Judaism in the gym, Jewish Drama and more.
Our Sunday program is taught by a dynamic faculty that is energetic and passionate about meeting the needs of individual students. They are assisted by a group of teens who serve as madrichim, “guides” who assist in classrooms. If our Sunday learning options are not well suited to your family, we encourage you to explore our alternative learning monthly option, Family Mitzvah Corp.
Online, individual and small group tutoring is available; BHC has developed a group of engaging and creative tutors who help students explore Hebrew, Judaics, and Jewish living. Tutors meet students in homes, libraries, schools, and other public places, based on the schedule of the families.
Family Mitzvah Corp
Our Alternative program meets once a month on Saturday afternoons from 1-4 PM. Families engage in hands-on social action experiences, learn about tikun olam (repairing the world) and how to make a difference in our community. Families choosing this option are required to set up weekly meetings with a BHC tutor and/or attend our Sunday morning program. This program is generously funded by The Leah and Morton Kemper Family Education Enrichment Program.
Families in 1st-2nd grades meet three times a semester on Sunday mornings from 9 AM-12 PM. The program includes sessions for parents with one of the rabbis, community engagement and development of a family project. This program is generously funded by The Leah and Morton Kemper Family Education Enrichment Program.
The Baltimore Educational Initiative for Teens of Reform Judaism strives to provide a quality, collaborative and supplementary Reform Jewish educational and social experience. This school empowers 8th-12th graders to strengthen their Jewish identity and enhance their participation in the greater Baltimore Jewish community and beyond.
BEIT-RJ is a post B'nai Mitzvah educational program for the Reform Jewish community in Baltimore. This program is part of the Baltimore Area Reform Jewish Educational Corporation (BARJE-CO), a partnership of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Har Sinai Congregation, Temple Emanuel, and Temple Oheb Shalom. It is a supplementary high school program where Reform Jewish teens can learn and socialize with others. Our primary focus is Jewish study, community, and identity building. Our staff is comprised of the finest youth educators in Baltimore, featuring BHC clergy, educator and youth director.
BEIT-RJ meets on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM. An optional dinner is available at 6:00 PM. First period is from 6:30-7:20 PM and second period takes place between 7:40-8:30 PM. A 20-minute break occurs between classes to allow for social interaction amongst students.
Madrichim is Hebrew for leaders or guides, and this is an opportunity for our teens to serve as such. Our Madrichim Program on Sunday mornings focuses on developing the next generation of Youth Education Leaders. Students in 8th-10th grades can volunteer; students in 11th-12th grades can be hired to work as teachers.
Social Action Trips
Every year a Jewish focus and location is selected for teens to participate in hands-on projects, tour a city and experience Judaism with a new lens. In recent years BHC teens and staff have traveled together to Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans.
In 10th grade, members of BHC participate in the Confirmation. Traditionally, students participate in classes held during BEIT-RJ, primarily taught by our rabbis. Our students deepen their relationships with our clergy and educators, prepare the Shavuot Evening Service in the late spring, and explore Jewish, ethical and personal issues from their own perspectives. Every year, the Confirmation class participates in an inspiring and fun seminar with the Religous Action Center in Washington, DC.
BHeCTY stands for Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Temple Youth. This is the senior youth group at BHC and is for 8th-12th graders. BHeCTY provides programming and leadership opportunities through social, religious, and social action events. BHeCTYites attend regional and national events with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) throughout the year. INFO: Leah Bloom, Youth Engagement Associate, email@example.com.
JYGE (5th-7th grades), Jr. JYGE (3rd-4th grades), and Little JYGE (1st-2nd grades)
Junior Youth Group Experience is BHC’s exciting group for youth in 1st-7th grades. The goal of our youth groups is to introduce kids to Jewish social life through engaging and entertaining events. Throughout the year, the youth groups can have programs such as Havdalah game nights, laser tag and sandwich-making for the hungry.
Camp BHC is an exciting one-week (in June) opportunity to share in fun, spirit (ruach), and warmth. Campers will experience an out-of-this-world fun time adventure, and the joy of community (kehillah), while sharing in Jewish values (middot). Sports, art, drama, field trips, social action projects, water play, computers, and interactive camp challenges, such as capture-the-flag and obstacle courses, are just a few of our activities.
Entering Kindergarten-5th grade: Main camp
Entering 6th-8th grades: Teen Assistants in Training
The BHC Parents' Association provides programs, supplies, activities and support for the children and families in the Youth Education Program. We work closely with the school to provide activities to help our children learn and grow as Reform Jews. These programs also provide an opportunity for our children to develop friendships with their classmates.
We sponsor and volunteer at programs such as Havdalah, Purim Carnival, Chanukah Dinner, grade-specific events, orientation lunch for teachers, end of year lunch for teachers. Volunteers are always needed to help with these engaging activities.
In our Youth Education Program we treat each child as an individual. We work with families and teachers to meet the needs of all of our students. When appropriate, we work with an inclusion based model and hire skilled teen shadows for students who need extra help. We also offer private tutoring for students and families who feel they don't fit into an inclusion model. Every child is important and every child learns differently. We welcome every child into our community. BHC has joined the National Organization on Disabilities Committed Congregations Campaign, and has been recognized as an Exemplar Congregation in the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center.