Teen Talk
for 8th-10th graders
Included in this email: Learn with Rabbi Brusso | Travel Supported by the Gordon Fund
New TLC Mini-Course
with Rabbi Brusso
We Love Israel, so Why Is It so Controversial?
Sundays, April 22, 29, May 6,
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., lunch included
As we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday, we do so at a time when the Israel story has become much more complicated than in the early years of the state. Conversations on college campuses in particular have become tricky to navigate.

In our discussions, we will ask some of the most important questions and discuss the biggest challenges Israel faces today.
This is a new registration form for just this semester that includes only four short questions. Please fill out this form even if you have registered for TLC since August 2017.
Christopher B. Gordon
Memorial Fund
Awards from the Christopher B. Gordon Memorial Fund are available for students who are regular participants in our Teen Learning Community (TLC) wishing to participate in USY Summer Experience or other Conservative Movement travel.

Financial need is not necessarily relevant and a candidate’s activities need not be confined solely to Bet Torah. However, a candidate’s family must be in good standing and there is a preference for participants in TLC . Click here to learn more about summer travel for teens.
Applications are due before Shabbat on Friday, May 4.
Partners in Our Community
Spring into Action Service Trip to Houston
Friday, April 20 - Monday, April 23
As a result of Hurricane Harvey's massive devastation of Houston, Texas, J-Teen Leadership, through a generous grant from UJA-Federation's Time for Good volunteer initiative, will be leading service trips to Houston to directly help the victims of the storm.

Led by our own Dina Sokol, for 9th-12th graders. Click to learn more .
Alexander Award For Excellence in Jewish Student Writing
by Fresh Ink For Teens; due Tuesday, May 29
Interested high school students should write about Jewish Americans in a Music Field. Writers should choose a living or deceased person and write about his or her legacy in any musical specialty, such as classical, pop, rock, folk, theater, opera, etc. The subject can be a composer, lyricist, conductor, singer, soloist, etc. Please indicate why his or her accomplishments are meaningful to you. The grand prize winning essay will be published in The New York Jewish Week and an award of $500!

Essays should be submitted to lily@jewishweek.org no later than May 29th, 2018, and include the name of the high school and class year of the entrant. This contest is open to Jewish High School students nationwide. Click to learn more .
Teen Learning Community (TLC)
At TLC, Bet Torah teens in 8th-12th grade explore their rich Jewish heritage and challenging modern lives, including ways to KNOW, BELONG, and DO. BetTorah.org/TLC