Helping Jewish teens make the connection between social justice and Judaism while nurturing a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community engagement.
B’nai TELEM is a unique program for b’nai mitzvah students (Grades 6 & 7) that combines community service with Jewish learning and text study. It enables b’nai mitzvah students to explore ways to make their mark. They will be introduced to a world outside their immediate community and encouraged to think critically about social issues in a Jewish context.
B’nai TELEM provides six sessions of community service in a variety of settings and six sessions of in-class learning and reflection over the course of the school year. Groups generally meet during their regular Hebrew school time and the service projects vary depending on the availability of the group. Our goal is for the B’nai TELEM program to be a meaningful and engaging experience. We make every effort to find service sites that are dynamic and educational.
TELEMyouth is an innovative program for Boston area Jewish teens (Grades 8-12) that integrates community service, learning and reflection – and provides opportunities to have a positive impact on peoples’ lives. In addition to helping others, participants learn about the values of social justice that have guided Jews for thousands of years – and gain an understanding of how to work effectively for change. TELEMyouth’s program of sustained service and learning allows participants to build relationships with individuals at their community service sites and to learn in depth about social justice issues.
Every Jewish teen in Greater Boston is eligible to participate in TELEM. Teens can sign up through their synagogue or temple school, Prozdor, or the JCC Literacy Corps.
In addition to doing valuable community service, TELEM groups come together regularly to learn about social justice and Jewish values about helping others and tikkun olam.
TELEM offers various service options. Make an impact on issues such as special needs, hunger and homelessness, and youth engagement, among others.