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Toddler to Teen

Grades 8–12

“When you teach your children, you teach your children’s children.”

~ adapted from the Talmud

Choose your path in Havayah, TBE’s vibrant youth community.

Pursue your passions.

Engage with Jewish values and culture through learning, leadership, and social events.

Upcoming Events

Sun 31

Song leading Workshop Music Madrichim

Sunday, October 31 | 8:45 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Havayah Sports

Monday, November 1 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Challah Back Girls (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Jew Man Group (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 03

Senior Leadership Team

Wednesday, November 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5

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Havayah: Experience

Havayah is TBE’s teen community for grades 8-12. Havayah is a welcoming and supportive Jewish community where teens are empowered as learners and leaders by one another and by caring, dedicated clergy.

Havayah provides many options for engagement and we encourage participants to choose their own path in TBE’s vibrant youth community and in the broader Jewish community. Our core curriculum are both a representation of who we aspire to be and a lens for our learning.

Our Havayah team is here to help each teen design the Jewish experience that will work best for them.

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Chavurot

The foundation of Havayah is its chavurot, affinity-based groups that meet on different days and times throughout the week. Connect your interests to your Jewish identity and create a schedule that works for you and connects you with your friends.

Learn more

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Leadership

Our teens directly shape Havayah programming in many ways. As an event chair, you can take the lead on planning an individual event. As a member of Manhigut Council, you’ll plan and run Havayah programs and events, as well participate in leadership training programs, build skills, and develop leadership styles. Our Senior Leadership Team works with the TBE Youth team to set the vision for all of Havayah and mentors and leads our Manhigut Council.

Many teens at TBE are also involved as leaders in our K-7 programs as Madrichim, Songleading Madrichim, and Kesher mentors!

Learn more

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Reach Out

Alison Kur
Jewish Living and Learning

Hannah Richman Kearney
Director, BaBayit & Havayah

Registration
If you need assistance with registration, please contact Danielle Jeuneux.

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Social Events

Join Havayah for social events planned by and for teens. Our social events have included our annual Havayah Kick-Off, trips to Boda Borg, a Mystery Bus Ride, and more, are the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends, develop friendships started in Chavurot and other programs, and meet new people in Havayah.

This year, we’ll be offering a variety of virtual and in-person, socially distanced social opportunities.

Shabbatonim & Trips

Most years, we offer several full-day, overnight, or travel experiences. Our Shabbatonim (retreats) and trips are infused with creative learning experiences, exciting worship and music, and time to unwind and connect with friends. Past trips have included Shabbatonim at the Warren Center, our annual camping trip, adventure day trips, and weekends in New York City and at the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Seminar in Washington, DC.

This year, we’re finding creative and meaningful opportunities for our teens to engage in community. 

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Expanding Your Jewish Journey

Connect with our partner organizations for numerous opportunities for teens, both throughout the year and during the summer.

NFTY
Jewish Teen Initiative
JCC Boston Diller Teen Fellowship
JF&CS TeenSafe
Summer Programs

Learn more 

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Upcoming Events

Sun 31

Song leading Workshop Music Madrichim

Sunday, October 31 | 8:45 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Havayah Sports

Monday, November 1 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Challah Back Girls (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Jew Man Group (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 03

Senior Leadership Team

Wednesday, November 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5

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Registration

  • Registration information for 2021–2022 is open!
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  • In order to access Havayah registration, you will be asked to log in through our member portal. Your username is your email address. If you have forgotten your password or you have not previously set up your account, please click “forgot password” and you will be able to set up your account. Your account is linked to the email address we have for you in our database. If you are not able to log into the portal and you have recently changed your email, please try your previous email address. To access the Havayah Registration, click here.

 

Chavurot

Your interests. Your schedule. Your friends. Your experience! Connect your interests to your Jewish identity and create a schedule that works for you and connects you with your friends and interests at TBE.

Jewish Actors Workshop (JAWs)

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Sundays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Sing, dance, and act all year with one of the most tight-knit groups in Havayah. Grow as a performer and learn about Jewish culture, history, texts, and values while working on musical productions and Cabaret-style performances. 

Faculty: 

Jem Oshins, Director

Abi Oshins, JAWs Consultant

Upcoming sessions

Jan 09

Jewish Actors Workshop

Sunday, January 9, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Jan 23

Jewish Actors Workshop

Sunday, January 23, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Madrichim in Training Workshop

Open to: Grade 8
Meets: Sundays, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Be a role model for our younger students! Our Madrichim, or teaching assistants, help the teachers in the classroom by building relationships with kids, working with students on projects and classwork, and helping to prepare materials. Starting in 9th grade, trained Madrichim can be hired for a paid role in a classroom.

Upcoming sessions

Nov 07

Madrichim in Training

Sunday, November 7 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm UTC-5
Dec 12

Madrichim in Training

Sunday, December 12 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Returning Madrichim
Professional Development

Open to: Grades 9-12
Meets: By cohort meeting time

Madrichim receive professional development in cohorts, led by lead teachers!

Contact
Dr. Judy Avnery

Songleading Workshop
Music Madrichim

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Sunday mornings or Tuesday afternoons

Join a dedicated and enthusiastic team of song leaders and get ready to make Jewish music with our students! Prepare music and lead students in grades K-2 in music classes! You’ll also receive ongoing professional development and support. This year, Music Madrichim will have the option of leading music on Tuesday afternoons (3:30-5:30) or during either session on Sunday morning (8:45-10:45) or (11:15-1:15). 

Faculty:
Ryan Leszner

Upcoming sessions

Sun 31

Song leading Workshop Music Madrichim

Sunday, October 31 | 8:45 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 07

Song leading Workshop Music Madrichim

Sunday, November 7 | 8:45 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5

Contact
Ryan Leszner

T’filah Band: Creating Sacred Music

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets:
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm (meets twice a month)

Bring your musical talent to the Havayah T’filah Band. Whether you play the guitar, piano, sax, ukulele, drums, or sing, join us in making some awesome music. This year we will meet weekly to study Jewish liturgical melodies and find creative ways to share out music with TBE community through the use of the Acapella App. Together, we will take a dive deep into the meaning of our sacred texts and create beautiful musical compositions that fit their intentions. We will also use secular music as a tool to enhance our understanding of the sacred texts. 

Faculty
Cantor Shanna Zell

Upcoming sessions

Nov 10

T’filah Band

Wednesday, November 10 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5
Dec 01

T’filah Band

Wednesday, December 1 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Cantor Shanna Zell

Havayah Hangout​

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm once per month (will not overlap witth Manhigut Council)

Take a break from homework and the stresses of everyday life in a welcoming and fun environment. Eat dinner, spend time connecting with friends, and figure out how to navigate the journey and challenges of growing up as a Jewish American teen. Explore topics through activities, discussions, popular culture and media, games, arts and crafts, Jewish values, and more.

Havayah hangout is in the same style as our Jew Man Group and Challah Back Girl’s programming but in a group that is not defined by gender! We welcome all Havayah teens to participate in Havayah Hangout as an addition to Jew Man Group or Challah Back Girls, or as its own experience!

Upcoming sessions

Nov 08

Havayah Hangout

Monday, November 8 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Nov 10

Havayah Hangout

Wednesday, November 10 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Challah Back Girls

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Mondays, 7:30–9:00 pm

Take a break from homework and the stresses of everyday life in our welcoming and fun gender-based programming. Eat dinner, spend time connecting with friends, and figure out how to navigate the journey and challenges of growing up as a Jewish American teen. Explore topics through activities, discussions, popular culture and media, games, arts and crafts, Jewish values, and more.

We welcome teens who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, or gender questioning to participate fully in our Jew Man Group or Challah Back Girls Groups, in whichever program they feel most comfortable!

Upcoming sessions

Nov 01

Challah Back Girls (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 08

Challah Back Girls (Grade 8)

Monday, November 8 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Jew Man Group

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Mondays, 7:30–9:00 pm (except grade 11)

Take a break from homework and the stresses of everyday life in our welcoming and fun gender-based programming. Eat dinner, spend time connecting with friends, and figure out how to navigate the journey and challenges of growing up as a Jewish American teen. Explore topics through activities, discussions, popular culture and media, games, arts and crafts, Jewish values, and more.

We welcome teens who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, or gender questioning to participate fully in our Jew Man Group or Challah Back Girls Groups, in whichever program they feel most comfortable!

Faculty:
Devon Barker

Upcoming sessions

Nov 01

Jew Man Group (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 08

Jew Man Group (Grade 8)

Monday, November 8 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Senior Leadership Team

Open to: Grades 11 & 12
Meets: Wednesdays, 6:00–7:00 pm

Our most deeply engaged and dedicated leaders have the opportunity to shape the present and future of Havayah as members of our Senior Leadership Team. Meet once a week to set the vision and agenda for Havayah, plan and lead Manhigut Council meetings, and help mentor our teen leaders.

Interested in applying? Schedule meetings with Hannah (Richman) Kearney and a current member of Senior Leadership Team to help you decide if Senior Leadership Team is right for you.

Upcoming sessions

Nov 03

Senior Leadership Team

Wednesday, November 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 17

Senior Leadership Team

Wednesday, November 17 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Manhigut Council

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 pm

Grow as a leader as a member of our Manhigut Council! Havayah’s leadership board meets a few times a month to bond as a group, develop leadership skills, make decisions about the future of Havayah, and learn about upcoming events and programs. All Havayah participants are eligible to be on Manhigut Council—just reach out to a TBE staff member to learn more.

Upcoming sessions

Nov 03

Manhigut Council

Wednesday, November 3 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 17

Manhigut Council

Wednesday, November 17 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Text Messages

Open to: Grade 12
Meets: Thursdays 7:00–8:30 pm

Join our faculty in a special opportunity to explore Jewish texts in a deeply meaningful way that’s relevant to your day-to-day life. Each session will begin with a check-in, which will shape our text study through the big ideas or questions brought by the group. Together, you will discuss Jewish texts that will surprise, challenge, and inspire you. No prior knowledge or experience required, but please come prepared to enter a serious and sacred space!

Upcoming sessions

Nov 04

Text Messages

Thursday, November 4 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Dec 09

Text Messages

Thursday, December 9 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Justice League

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Tuesdays, 7:30–9:00 pm

Come together to engage in tikkun olam, repairing our world. Wrestle with difficult issues with our resident Tikkun Olam specialist. This group will travel to Washington D.C. Friday January 7th through Monday January 10th for L’Taken, a special seminar run by the RAC. 

Upcoming sessions

Nov 30

Justice League

Tuesday, November 30 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Dec 14

Justice League

Tuesday, December 14 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Taste of Judaism

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: Tuesdays, 7:30–9:00 pm

Hone your cooking skills and explore Jewish culinary tradition (and eat what you make!) with your Havayah friends. Our curriculum will be guided by the interests and tastes of our chefs, and each session, we will dive into an aspect of Jewish culture and pair it with a recipe that may be as recognizably Jewish as challah or kugel or may take a more creative approach connecting foods we love to Jewish traditions and values. No experience required.

Faculty:
Devon Barker

Upcoming sessions

Nov 09

Taste of Judaism

Tuesday, November 9 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 30

Taste of Judaism

Tuesday, November 30 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Confirmation

Open to: Grade 12
Meets: Tuesdays, 7:30–9:00 pm

We are incredibly proud that so many of our teens engage in Jewish life throughout their years at TBE. Whether in Havayah, at a full-day Jewish high school, or through another Jewish learning experience, our seniors have shown outstanding commitment, dedication, and leadership. Our tradition is to celebrate this important transition in their lives through the process of Confirmation. All high school seniors are automatically enrolled in Confirmation. We look forward to sharing this milestone with you and your family.

Upcoming sessions

Jan 25

12th Grade Confirmation Workshop

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Feb 08

12th Grade Confirmation Workshop

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Jewish Canvas

Open to: Grade 8-12
Meets: Tuesdays, 6:00–8:00 pm twice per month (will not overlap with Taste of Judaism)

Come make art, hang out and even put on your own exhibition with us in Jewish Canvas. You will have the opportunity to explore with a huge variety of materials ranging from paint to plaster all while expressing your Jewish self and forming your own identity as a Jewish artist. Jewish Canvas is for artists of ALL experience levels, the only thing you have to do is be ready to experiment. See you there!

Upcoming sessions

Jan 11

Jewish Canvas

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Jan 25

Jewish Canvas

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Havayah Sports

Open to: Grades 8-12
Meets: TBA

Join your Havayah friends for informal games, athletic challenges, and fun, all while exploring the Jewish values that guide good sportsmanship and ethical play. Each session will explore a different sport, from ultimate frisbee to kickball! We welcome everyone, from varsity athletes to those just looking to have a good time.

Upcoming sessions

Nov 01

Havayah Sports

Monday, November 1 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Dec 06

Havayah Sports

Monday, December 6 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5

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Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Chavurot Calendar

Upcoming sessions

Sun 31

Song leading Workshop Music Madrichim

Sunday, October 31 | 8:45 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Havayah Sports

Monday, November 1 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Challah Back Girls (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Jew Man Group (Grade 12)

Monday, November 1 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 03

Senior Leadership Team

Wednesday, November 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5

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Leadership

Each leader in our community makes a significant impact, and each leader should choose a role that fits with their availability, interests, and passions. Set up a meeting with the TBE Youth team to discuss your next steps!

Event Chairs

Want to see the evolution of an event from brainstorm to vision to reality? Each Havayah event, trip, or program has a small group of teens who serve as chairs for that event. These teens will take the lead in program development, outreach, and leadership at the event itself. Any member of Havayah can step up to be a chair!

Commitment: Leading up to each event, chairs will meet in person once per week and will do work outreach and program development outside of chair meetings. Chairs will attend all parts of the event that they chair.

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Manhigut Council

Ready to take the next step in your leadership journey? Become a member of the Manhigut Council! Grow and strengthen our community and focus on leadership development, vision setting, and planning​ for Havayah.

Commitment: Members of the Havayah Manhigut Council attend all Council meetings and Chair Team meetings as applicable, and as many Havayah programs and events as possible throughout the year. All Havayah Manhigut attend leadership training programs throughout the year.

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team is open to juniors and seniors who go above and beyond as leaders and role models at TBE. If you’ve been on Manhigut Council, take on new and expanded leadership opportunities in Havayah.

Commitment: Senior leadership means going above and beyond as a leader and role model at TBE. You are expected to make your role in Havayah a top extra-curricular priority. To be eligible, you must have an extensive history as a leader in Manhigut Coucil. Senior Leadership Team attends most, if not all Havayah events, programs, and meetings.

Contact
Hannah Richman Kearney

Core Curriculum

Our core middot (values) are a representation of who we aspire to be and a lens for learning and study.

  • Every Havayah event or program will relate to our core values, which allow us to grow in connection to ourselves, Judaism, each other, and God.
  • Our core values also align with our TBE Vision: “All our paths lead to shalom.” Our aspiration of shalom is one of wholeness for each individual, our community, and our world. Personal wholeness within a community leads to communal wholeness.

Curiosity (Sakranut)

In Judaism, curiosity is being open to seeing the divine spark. Curiosity is at the root of seeing the potential for the sacred—whether it is in another person, nature, community, or something you are learning.

 

Awe (Yirah)

Yirah is connected to the idea of reverence—and it can mean both fear and awe. It is about experiences like looking at the Grand Canyon and feeling completely struck by how incredible the world is. The source text for the name of Temple Beth Elohim is a line spoken by Jacob, “How awe-inspiring (Norah, same root as Yirah) is this place, it is none other than a Beit Elohim (House of God).” It is connected to feeling inspired, but also feeling connected to God.

Compassion (Chesed)

“The world stands on three things: on the Torah, on the Service of God, and acts of Loving-Kindness (Torah, Avodah, Gemilut Chasadim).” Chesed includes acts that show true kindness to others, such as visiting the sick, clothing the naked, and comforting those who have lost a loved one. A true act of Chesed is done without the expectation of anything being done in return.

Leadership (Manhigut)

Manhigut literally means to be a driver, someone moving something forward. Being a leader does not mean you are the one who is at the front of the room, but instead means that your are someone who is moving the people in a direction.

Courage (Ometz Lev)

Translating to a “courageous heart,” this spiritual trait is the inner strength to move forward despite fears or challenges.

Justice (Tzedek)

Tzedek speaks to our responsibility to create a world wherein each person is responsible for one another, and where we treat one another with righteousness. The root of the word tzedek is connected to righteousness, i.e. doing the right thing. It is also connected to the idea of giving tzedakah, typically translated as charity, but actually meaning contributing to a more just world. 

Resilience (Hosen)

Resilience means the ability to recover and manage setbacks, adapt to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. In Judaism, resilience is often used to describe who we are — a people who has adapted to exile, persecution, and the changes of society as a whole. 

Zest & Enthusiasm (Zerizut)

This is our innate capacity for sustained, passionate responses to the needs of the moment. It means being prompt to tackle obligations, persisting in those tasks, and tackling what you do with zest! According to the founder of modern hasidism, the Ba’al Shem Tov, “Everything we do should be with energy and dedication (b’zerizut) since in every act we are able to serve God.” 

Awareness of Self (Anavah)

Anavah, often translated as humility, teaches that we should take up the right amount of space—not too much, and not too little—and that we shouldn’t focus too much either on our own virtues nor on the faults of others. It is about understanding when you need to step up and when you need to step back, both in a community and within yourself. 

Connection (Kesher)

This is the value of feeling connected and can be described in concentric circles of connection. First, connection to self, then connection to family and community, nature, Judaism, Jewish People, and Israel. In all of these connections, one might also find a deep connection to God and spirituality, the power of being connected to something greater than just yourself. 

Reach Out

Alison Kur
Jewish Living and Learning

Hannah Richman Kearney
Director, Grade 8–12, Havayah Teen Community

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