Teen Track (Grades 8-12): Tikun Olam, Hands-On!

Teen Track Grades 8-12

  • Teens will meet bi-monthly on Shabbat mornings to study what Jews in modern times come to accept as one of the pillars of our tradition and faith: Tikkun Olam, Repairing the World. Although many understand this mitzvah to be the umbrella term for Jewish activism, social justice and global charity, most Jews don't know the origins of this term and how its application has shifted over the centuries. The Mishna used this term almost 2000 years ago to encompass protections for disadvantaged populations like divorcees and slaves. Who knew? This year is meant to be experiential and the learning we do in the Fall/Winter will gear us up for on-the-field volunteering we will do from February-June. 
  • Fall/Winter Term (October - January): Classes will take place once a month at CBST from 11-12:30PM:
    • This term will focus on the roots of Tikkun Olam, in our Jewish texts and in Jewish History. We will learn about the mystic origins of restoring the divine sparks of creation and more modern understanding of Jewish social responsibility, through text study and experiential learning.
  • Winter/Spring Term (February - June): Classes will take place around NYC and on site at CBST
    • The second term of the year will be hands on Social Justice projects around NYC and on site at CBST. We will partner with Brooklyn based Repair the World to get out into the city and work on a variety of service projects while learning about our city and the issues that are at its core. Each monthly project is required attendance and will be co-led by a CBST Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern. 
  • ADDITIONALLY: Due to the cancellation of last year's Etgar 36 trip to The South, we will be running the teen trip THIS year, Thursday Feb 16-Monday Feb 20th, 2023. Visits include the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Memorial to the victims of lynching, Freedom Park, the site where Leo Frank was lynched, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Martin Luther King Center/Auburn Ave. district, Ebenezer Baptist Church, walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the 16th Street Baptist Church, and learn about the current fight against voter suppression. 
  • Taught by CBST's Coordinator of Adult and Young Adult Education, Miya Rotstein and one of CBST's Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns. 
  • Tuition of $2,400, includes all of the above.

Shabbat sessions (required for trip)
11 am - 12:30 pm at CBST
Oct     22
Nov    5 & 12
Dec    10 & 17
Jan     14 & 28

Social Justice Projects with Repair The World
February through June, dates and details TBD 

CBST Civil Rights Teen Track Journey to The South
February 17-20, 2023 (Thurs-Sun) 

Email children@cbst.org with any questions.
Early Bird discount (of $200) and scholarships available until September 15, 2023.
Current students will recieve an individualized registraion form via email this summer.
New students may REGISTER HERE for fall 2023 (link coming soon)!

Immediately before COVID lockdowns in March 2020, CBST students participated in a 4-day Religious Action Center Social Justice and Advocacy Program in Washington, D.C.! (photos below) Prior to the trip, the class met twice-monthly in-person; afterward, they continued to meet twice monthly online, until June 2020!