Teens (Grades 8 – 12)

The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is just the beginning! Jewish learning and connection continues for adolescents at Kol Shofar through their connection in relationships to their peers and adults.  Our teen programs aim to offer social and emotional connections, as well as meaning and purpose. Our programs are designed to encourage leadership, helping others, problem solving, and good, old-fashioned fun!

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Tichon for 8th – 12th Graders

In our dynamic, learner-centered Tichon (literally, “high school”) program students explore the connection between Judaism and the modern world. Studying alongside peers and Rabbis, our teens analyze ancient and modern text, forming a community of Jewish leaders who find themselves at home at the synagogue and with one another. The Tichon program is open to everyone in the Marin community to learn and socialize.

Wednesdays: 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

6:00 p.m.: Dinner
6:30 p.m.: Core Tracks w/ Kol Shofar Teachers & Rabbis
7:15 p.m.: Snack Break
7:30 p.m.: Electives


Core Tracks for Teens

  • Real Torah- Relevant stories and moral lessons from the weekly Torah portion that students can apply to their own lives.
  • The God You Might Actually Believe In- Discussion and study of various conceptions of God, guiding students to develop their personal theology. 
  • Big Jewish Ideas- Using traditional methods of Talmudic text study, students explore big ideas that shape Jewish thought and practice.

Examples of Possible Electives

  • Mussar Yoga: Mussar is the Jewish study of balancing our personal virtues and each week students will focus on different Jewish virtue, integrating corresponding yogic body postures and meditations.
  • Leadership and USY: Monthly planning and discussion on organizing and developing Youth Group programs for chapter and regional participation.
  • Culinary Judaism: Jewish life is characterized by food, so in a hands-on approach, students will learn the historical meaning and connection with certain holiday foods.
  • Jewish Garage Band: Music is a critical component of spirituality, so students will express themselves through music in concert with Jewish spiritual themes.
  • Comparative Religion: Judaism is among the major spiritual streams in history, so students will explore the historical development of Judaism as it relates to other major religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.

Contact dcastelli at kolshofar dot org for more information and to register