Amitim, meaning friends and fellowship, is Netivot Shalom’s B’nai Mitzvah program. Amitim provides a community where students and families share a special learning and growing experience together. This program helps to provide a foundation of Hebrew and synagogue skills, as well as engaging students in social action and Tikkun Olam.
The Amitim curriculum is divided into two components: Jewish Studies and Synagogue Skills. The Jewish Studies component is then further divided into trimesters for each of the two years of the Amitim Program. The topics for each year include:
Jewish Studies Year 1
- Where Do I Stand? (Judaism’s Great Debates)
- Mentsch Training Academy (Social Justice & what it means to be part of a Jewish community)
- Torah & Haftarah, culminating with 2-3 group sessions on how to write a drash *facilitated by Rabbi Chai* at the end of the year
Jewish Studies Year 2
- Kevah & Kavanah (What/Who is God and what is my relationship with God)
- Na’aseh V’nishmah (Social Justice and Tikkun Olam)
- Where do I Stand? (Philosophy)
2023-24 Amitim program information will be available soon.
Amitim students: click here to hear recordings of prayers and trope.
We offer a variety of teen programs for post-B’nai Mitzvah through 12th grade.
Aleinu focuses on Social Justice.
Teens in 8th grade through high school are encouraged to participate in any/all of our teen programs including youth group, madrichim, monthly youth gatherings, as well as, local and regional USY events. Click here for more information.
Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha is an exciting, innovative, inter-congregational supplementary school cosponsored by Netivot Shalom and nine other synagogues. Midrasha engages Jewish teens through educational, social, and spiritual programming in order to strengthen their ties with their heritage and their community. It offers a broad range of interesting and challenging courses to students with a strong Jewish background and to those with little formal training or knowledge—classes range from Talmud and Hebrew to Jewish films and drama. Midrasha provides a warm social environment in the classroom and at weekend retreats.
Midrasha meets on Sundays from 3:30 – 6:00 pm at Netivot Shalom. For more information, check out the Midrasha website.
For more information, contact Hillary Fox, Youth and Family Programming Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.