Teens love us! Our innovative Madrichim Program involves a greater percentage of teens than most synagogues around. Madrichim are high school students who serve as teacher assistants in our religious school.
Teens in grades 8-12 engage our Madrichim Program. Madrich in Hebrew means "guide." Teens will have the opportunity to:
Connect Socially with Other Jewish Teens.
Mentor Younger Kids. Madrichim with the ability to decode and vocalize Hebrew text will have the opportunity to serve as a mentor in the Let’s Learn Hebrew Side By Side curriculum with 5th - 7th graders.
Experience Jewish Learning and Identity Development. Madrichim will participate in group learning sessions each month facilitated by our Education Director Rachel Goldberg. These sessions will center around relevant topics through a Jewish lens.
Develop Early Professional Skills. Madrichimot develop early professional skills by taking on responsibilities that support the function of school, and learn to practice maturity and accountability.
Teens in grades 9-12 will be paid an honorarium, based on their own submissions for payment.
Madrichim are the religious school teachers of the future. Some of them will go off to college with letters of recommendation from our Education Director, which will open doors to working in synagogue schools during their college years and beyond. We are extremely proud to report that Shir Hadash has employed many former madrichim as religious school teachers.