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Leadership Opportunities

Madrichim (8-12th grade): The Madrichim program provides opportunities for teens to build leadership skills, plan activities, and create connections within the community. Madrichim serve as role models, teachers, and synagogue leaders, bringing youth programming to OKC children ages preschool through 7th grades.

Madrichim may choose to support our Alvin Browdy Religious School program, our Shabbat morning youth programming, and/or our youth High Holiday programs. This year we are inviting teens to participate in specialized training using the Matan Institute for Teens curriculum, which is designed to equip madrichim to work in an inclusive setting, and help them fill a critical role in the community. 

Fill out the application for the 2024-25 year HERE.

Madrichim may receive SSL hours, and those in high school may choose monetary compensation. Students completing the Matan curriculum will receive an additional $2/hour.

Teen Education

Minyan and Moadon (5-8th grade): Each Shabbat morning, 5-8th graders have the opportunity to discuss themes of the weekly Torah reading over a delicious snack. As they prepare to become Jewish adults, Minyan and Moadon holds a monthly Torah service that offers this pre-b’nei mitzvah cohort the opportunity to practice the Torah service and learn the relevant ritual roles. Students prepare short aliyot and read as much of the Torah portion as they are comfortable with. This program begins at 10:30 am and is designed to end in time for the participants to attend the Musaf service in the sanctuary.

Teen Beit Midrash (8-12th grade): OKC's Thursday night program for students in 8-12th grades. Teens connect with Jewish texts and concepts, while developing relationships with Rabbi Corey Helfand and one another. Each week begins with dinner and check-ins with Rabbi Helfand. Participants engage in a year-long exploration into the Jewish tradition’s perspective on fundamental personal and ethical issues in society. More details HERE.

Tzohar (8-12th grade): This innovative program, in partnership with our local synagogues, combines classical Jewish education with an introduction to college-level Jewish studies coursework. This will be taught by faculty members from the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. We welcome experienced text teachers from our partner congregations creating a truly pluralistic community. Students in grades 9-12 may choose to participate in Hadar’s national Moot Beit Din competition in the spring. Dinner will, of course, be provided. More details HERE

Mitzvah Scholars and Hesed Corps

Mitzvah Scholars (5th and 6th grade): As our young people prepare to celebrate their b’nei mitzvah, the Mitzvah Scholars family education program is part of their learning experience as they get ready to celebrate this milestone simcha (joyous occasion). This program is facilitated by Cantor Labovitz, Rabbi Helfand, and OKC staff. 
Mitzvah Scholars usually involves a once-per-month commitment during the school year in 5th and 6th grades. About six times per year, these sessions take place from 9:00 - 10:00 am on Shabbat morning at Ohr Kodesh. Parents are encouraged to attend, as our classes are enriched when students and parents are in dialogue with each other. For more information, contact Cantor Hinda Labovitz

Hesed Corps (7th and 8th grade): The b’nei mitzvah journey continues with Hesed Corps. Our 7th and 8th graders come together for hesed projects (acts of loving kindness) participating in social action learning and projects to support the OKC community and the wider Montgomery County community. Hesed Corps meets periodically on Sunday mornings from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm during the school year, and may include off-site projects. For more information, contact Sydney Spanier. 

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