Why? The Jewish Teen Education goal is to nurture the new generation of leadership for the Jewish community. JTE creates a space in which Jewish teenagers can interact with their faith and with each other in a comfortable and engaging manner. The program offers a pluralistic and inclusive environment for the diverse group of teens.
What? JTE is a "by teens, for teens" program. All programs are designed by a student-led board, and educators are hired by the same board based on their ability to connect with teenagers. Classes are formatted as discussion and debates, as well as a variety of hands-on learning opportunities. Each semester's classes are chosen for their ability to appeal to a wide variety of students, ages, backgrounds, and personalities. The success of the program is evaluated on an ongoing basis by the teens themselves, the advisors, and the Jewish Federation, to ensure the best possible options are present to the community.
How? JTE offers two semesters per year, in each semester the group meets for 10-12 sessions of engaging and learning. Each session consists of two classes of the choice of the student, and a break for socializing and provided snacks. JTE serves 8th through 12th graders regardless of their Jewish background or educational level.