We're glad you are interested in learning more about our nationally-recognized program for teens in grades 8-12. Scroll down to learn more about the mission and program goals of Havayah.
Havayah's Mission: To help teens experience joy in Jewish learning, pride in being Jewish, and commitment to participation in Jewish life.
Havayah is Temple Beth Elohim's learning program for grades 8-12. When our teens participate in Havayah, they learn about Jewish life by actively experiencing it!Havayah combines the best of classroom-based, experiential and family education in a cohesive program that fosters Jewish identity development and community-building. The program includes:
Chavurot that focus on topics which reflect our teens' interests;
A series of Shabbatonim, during which our core curriculum is presented in an engaging and informal way;
BELY, our vibrant Senior Youth Group, which provides teens with additional social and leadership opportunities.
Havayah Program Goals (based on Jewish texts):
"Treat no one lightly and think nothing is useless, for everyone has one's moment and everything has it's place."
Pirke Avot 4:3
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And, if I am for myself alone, then what am I? And, if not now, when?"
Pirke Avot 1:14
To meet students "where they are" and provide appropriate challenges for growth.
To build leadership among our teens and give them ownership of their learning.
"A person can only learn Torah from a place that his heart desires."
Avodah Zarah 19a
To offer multiple points of entry into Jewish life.
"Rabban Gamliel, the son of Rabbi Yehuda haNasi, said, 'It is good to join the study of Torah to some kind of work…' "
Pirke Avot 2:2
To combine the best elements of experiential Jewish learning, formal learning and family education into a cohesive, integrated program the goals of which are Jewish identity formation and creation of a kehillah kedoshah (sacred community).
"The world stands on three things: Torah, service and acts of loving kindness."
Pirke Avot 1:2
To involve youth in activities that reflect our core values: Torah, avodah, gemilut hasadim and tikkun olam.
"Hillel said, 'Do not separate yourself from the community…' "
Pirke Avot 2:4
To build a teen learning community.
To engage teens in learning, worship and celebration within the broader Temple Beth Elohim community.