High School Programs


Mazel Tov to our Temple Sholom High School debate team
on their victory in the Jewish Community High School Debates.

Rebecca Hamilton, Shani Avrahami-Saraf, Ezra Robens-Paradise,
and David Holcer (not pictured), we are so proud of you!

• Click here to download our 5777 (2016-2017) Temple Teens brochure.


Temple Teens is for Jewish teens! The program is flexible and encourages you to participate based on your
interests and schedule. There are so many options to choose from! There are weekend retreats, social
programming, social action activities, volunteer activities and paid employment options. Best of all, you will earn points for everything you participate in, and you’ll  accumulate those points for great rewards.
We want you to go to Israel and we are willing to help pay your way. Participate in our program and earn points each year toward you trip. In grades 11/12 you can join the Vancouver March of the Living Delegation. Temple Sholom and Jewish Federation will subsidize two thirds of the cost of your participation and up to 100% based on need.

As you read through this brochure, we hope you enjoy the variety of programming being offered for teens at Temple Sholom. There is something for everyone and we’d love you to join us. We are hoping that every teen participates in Temple Teens!

September 27, 2016 from 6:15 -7:45PM (1 Point)

May 23, 2017 at 6:15 – 7:45PM at Temple Sholom (1 Point)
For teens and parents! Join us as we share our learning from the year and celebrate our students.

High School Program 90 minutes of the best ‘school’ you’ve ever been to. Taught by our Rabbis,
special guest experts. We feed you too. Food for thought and your body!

GRADES 8-10, TUESDAYS 6:15-7:45PM

Session 1: Talmud @ the Movies, Part II (2 Points)
October 18 & 25, November 1
Back by popular demand! Rabbi Brown will be screening segments of modern movies and bringing in ancient
Talmudic texts to help us understand modern dilemmas.

Session 2: Three Rabbis, Three Opinions (2 Points)
November 8, 15 & 22
We have invited Rabbi Hannah Dresner (Or Shalom),
Rabbi Shmulik (Kolel) and Rabbi Stephen Berger (KDHS) to teach us why they Jew the way they Jew. They will teach us, inspire us and challenge us.

Session 3: Kosher Cooking (2 Points)
January 3, 10, 17, 2017
Team up with Kosher Chef Ela Dreyshner for a hands on cooking class where you get to eat your exams!!! Over three evenings make delicious Kosher meals with your friends and learn a bit about Jewish food and how to keep kosher in the process. $25 materials fee to cover the food costs.

Session 4: Interfaith Teen Dialogue with Rabbi Dan (2 Points)
January 24 & 31, February 7, 2017
Chill and chat with teens from other religions as we talk about what we have in common and what makes our religions special to us. Over three nights we will be joined by Christian and Muslim teens for fun team building
activities, snacks and conversation.

Session 6: Tikkun Olam – Fields Trips (2 Points)
February 14, 21 & 28, 2017
Three amazing evenings of hand on difference making. Together as a class we will volunteer in the Downtown East Side and around Vancouver living our Jewish values and helping where our help is needed most.

Session 7: Song Writing with Alex Konyves (2 Points)
March 7 & 28, April 4, 2017
Want to learn song writing?  Alex Konyves, our song leader and an accomplished  recording artist in his own right will guide you through the process of putting your thoughts and dreams to music and verse. You do not need to be able to sing or play an instrument – but deep thinking may be required.

Session 8: Jewish Art with Julia Bennett (2 Points)
April 25, May 2, 9 & 16, 2017
Join artist Julia Bennett for three weeks of mind blowing artistic expression. Julia will guide you in using a variety of artistic techniques and mediums to express yourself and make lasting pieces you will be amazed you created. $25 materials fee for this class.

GRADES 11-12, SUNDAYS 12:15-1:45PM
Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Moskovitz and Rabbi Brown. Each week our rabbis will lead our students through a significant study of the Holocaust. Learning about the Holocaust is an important part of being an adult Jew and a citizen of the world in the 21st century. Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Pre-WWII life for the Jews of Europe
  • The rise of the Nazi party
  • Kristallnacht
  • Ghetto life
  • The Final Solution
  • Where was God?
  • Bystanders
  • Resistance
  • Rescue and liberation
  • What does the Shoah mean in Israel today?
  • Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism
  • Never again – what is my responsibility?

In addition, the students will hear from a local survivor, tour the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s exhibit: “Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-1945,” and participate in the community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration on Sunday, April 23rd at 7:30pm at the JCC.

Temple Teens Weekend Retreats
Habitat for Humanity
Date: TBD
This year our Temple Teens will be building affordable housing for families in need with Habitat for Humanity. We will spend the weekend at a Habitat build site in
Richmond swinging hammers, sawing lumber, digging holes and painting walls. We will also get to meet the families that will be moving into the homes we are
building. At night we will invite their children to a party hosted by us at Extreme Air Park.

Madrikhim/Teaching Assistants (6 Points)
Grade 11 and 12 students are invited to work as
Teaching Assistants in the Religious School. If you are interested in working every Sunday morning from Sept to June, please be in touch with Principal, Jen Jaffe at school@templesholom.ca or 604-266-7190. Registration for Temple Teens and attendance at the Sunday Grade 11/12 program is required.

High Holy Day Childminding (2 Points)
Temple Sholom hires Grade 11 and 12 students to help provide programming for young children on Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings.
If you are interested, please contact Rachel Kasten: rachelkasten@gmail.com.

Saturday Morning Tot Shabbat & Childminding (1 Point)
Come help our young children and parents enjoy
shabbat morning services. Lead an art project, read a book, play with blocks, join the rabbi for songs and
stories every Saturday morning from 9:45am – Noon. Plus you get to enjoy the Kiddush lunch!

Other Employment & Volunteer Opportunities (1 Point)
There are other work and volunteer opportunities for teens at Temple Sholom, please contact the temple office if you’re interested in other opportunities as they come up.



October 21-23, 2016
Join us for a weekend at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati to
celebrate Shabbat, get to know your peers from across North America, as we explore together how to continue being Jewish while away from home and at college. Get a head start on planning the Jewish life your future college has to offer. Engage in Jewish learning, Israel advocacy, and professional and academic networking skills.
Grades 11-12.
Registration: $120 USD, scholarships available

April 21-23, 2017
Need to get away from the stresses school? Want to learn mindfulness and relaxation techniques? Join us on the historic Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR for a weekend of rest, rediscovery, and renewal. Join fellow Jewish high school students from around the country. Together we will create a sacred space where spirituality and community will be explored. Experience a true Shabbat retreat, a Shabbat of rest, deep thought, and intentionality.
Registration: $120 USD, scholarships available.
NFTY-NW LTI (Leadership Training Institute)
September 23-25, 2016
Camp Kalsman – Arlington, WA

NFTY-NW Fall Kallah
November 18-20, 2016
Camp Solomon Schechter – Olympia, WA

NFTY-NW Winter Kallah (Social Action)
January 20-22, 2017
Congregation Beth Israel – Portland, OR

NFTY Convention 2017
February 17-20, 2017
Chicago, IL

TSY EVENTS (1 Point)
Temple Sholom Youth Group will be running social action and religious and cultural events throughout the year on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Earn 1 point for every TSY event you attend!

TSY BOARD (4 Points)
If you like planning events, want to gain leadership skills and have lots of fun, join TSY Board! The Youth Group Board meets once a month to plan events. We are always looking for more people to join us. Please contact Stephanie Mrakovich at templeteens@templesholom.ca for more information or be in touch with a member of the TSY Board: Fortune Aknin, Maya Schwartz-Dardick, Jordan Wessels, Aidan Wessels, Shayna Marks, Justine Balin, Adam Clark

April 19, 2017— May 4, 2017

Temple Sholom and the Jewish Federation will subsidize two thirds of the cost of your participation and up to 100% based on need for the 2017 March of the Living.
Temple Teens participant join thousands of other Jewish Teens from around the world on a transformative trip to Poland & Israel. In Poland you will visit Warsaw, Krakov and Lubin and visit the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek and Treblinka where much of European Jewry was annihilated. You’ll connect with a new generation of Polish Jewish that are committed to keeping Judaism alive in Poland. You’ll also meet “Righteous Among the Nations” and be inspired by the courageous stand they took in risking their lives to save Jews during the Shoah. In Israel you’ll visit lots of exciting cities and ancient sites, including Jerusalem, Masada, the Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, the Negev Desert and more. On Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day – you’ll take part in ceremonies honoring Israel’s soldiers who gave their lives in defense of their country. The next evening, Yom Ha’aztmaut, will include a celebration in honor of the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

Scholarship applications are due by November 1, 2016 and are available in the Temple Sholom office.
Eligible applicants must:

  1. Accrue 54 Temple Teens Points by Jan 2017.
  2. Continue to be enrolled and fully participate in the Temple Teens Program for the 2016-17 academic year.
  3. Participate in the community March of the Living Orientation program held weekly at the Jewish Federation from January—April 2017
  4. Be available to speak to the congregation or peers about your experience on the March of the Living after returning, and in the following year.


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