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.
NextGen: The Millie and Alvin Blum 8th-12th grade Teen Program at BHC is the next evolution of teen education, allowing teens to navigate their Judaism and build their own teen community at BHC. NextGen has opportunities ranging from, “taste of” classes, labs, immersion, travel, social action, and more. Teens are given a full menu of options which will allow them to pick their own schedule and take ownership of their Jewish engagement.
Tangible Life Skills: As teen participate in the program they are simultaneously learning tangible life skills. Public speaking, cooking, college prep, debate, and advocacy are just a few examples of skills teens can gain from this program.
Community: In addition, this program is built to create substantial relationships. We are providing hands on learning, experience and social opportunities that enable teens to get to know their peers on a deeper level.
Flexibility: The flexibility of this program has both teens and parents’ alike raving about the menu of options. In today’s society, teens are over programmed and NEXTGEN recognizes this with a range of dates, offerings and topics to fit the needs of everyone’s schedule.
NextGen is designed to meet teens where they are, and provide unique, innovative and engaging Jewish opportunities. This program will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our teens as they continue to establish their individual and collective Jewish identity.
INFO: Lauren Offermann, Assistant Director of Education, email@example.com, 410-764-1587, ext. 248 or Brad Cohen, Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-764-1587, ext. 290
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.