Bet Torah Teen Talk
Keeping you in the know about programs for 8th-12th graders
In This Issue:
Purim Prep Parties - Thursday, February 15 AND Monday, February 26
Purim Evening - Wednesday, February 28
Purim Carnivals ( Teen AND parent volunteers needed!) - Sunday, March 4
TLC Mini-Courses
- The Scope of the Holocaust - Sundays, March 11, 18, 25
- We Love Israel, so Why Is It so Controversial? - Sundays, April 22, 29, May 6
Partners in Our Community
- Keshet Shabbaton
- J-Teen Leadership Trips Led by Bet Torah Teens
- WYA Power of Words Workshop
Purim Evening
 Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lite Dinner
Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a lite pasta dinner. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. is $12/per person or $36 per family. (There is no fee to attend Megillah reading.)
RSVP for dinner by Wednesday, February 21.
Megillah Reading
Wednesday, February 28, 6:45 - 9:00 p.m.
We need teens to help us "kidnap" the Megillah scroll, which we'll hold ransom to raise money for the USY tzedakah, Tikun Olam .

 Our USY teen leaders have decided funds raised this year will be allocated in memory of Hannah Weiss . Hannah was an activist who worked to repair our broken world. She cared passionately about environmentalism, gender equality, and expanding access to affordable, healthy food.
Food Donations
Donations accepted in the Mitzvah Cabinet until Purim
Please bring a box of m acaroni and cheese to be used as graggers (noisemakers) during the service. Boxes will be donated to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry in fulfillment of the Purim mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim (giving gifts to the poor).
Volunteer for the Purim Carnivals
Sunday, March 4
Purim Prep Pizza Parties
Thursday, February 15 AND Monday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us to help get ready for the carnival. We need to make signs, clean up games, and work on some new games we're excited to introduce this year. Bring your creativity and new ideas!
Pizza will be served. Please email Loen if you have any dietary restrictions.

Community service credit will be awarded.
Carnival for Children and Families
Sunday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
We need  teens in 8th-12th grade  to help with BOTH carnivals AND to help us prepare at the prep events, Thursday, February 15 and Monday, February 26.

Teens in 7th grade  are invited to volunteer as assistants at the first carnival. Our 7th graders can volunteer for one shift or both, depending on if they want to enjoy the carnival themselves. 

Teens in 6th grade  are invited to volunteer to help in ONE of the following ways:
  • assist Robin Wald with Mitzvah Manicures (email robinwald55@gmail.com to sign up) OR
  • sign up for ONE SHIFT of volunteering as a Purim Pal. Purim Pals will help by serving as buddies for anyone who needs a buddy to enhance their experience of the carnival.
Please only sign up for one shift; we want 6th graders to also enjoy the carnival as participants themselves for at least half the time.  
All slots are first come, first served , so sign up ASAP. (If you would like to be working with a friend, make sure your friend also signs up!)

Community service credit will be awarded.
Carnival for Community Friends
Sunday, March 4, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Adults with developmental disabilities from  WJCS' Partners in Caring Havorah  enjoy our free Purim celebration every year, part of Bet Torah’s commitment to building a better world.

We need teens in 8th-12th grade to sing and dance with our guests, act out the Purim play with Rabbi Brusso and Cantor Herman, and guide our guests in enjoying the carnival.
Note that there is only one volunteer form for teens--we've linked repeatedly to the same document for your convenience.

Community service credit will be awarded.
Parents, We Need Your Help!
Sponsor a Carnival Booth 
To ensure the success of both carnivals, we need your help! Please  sponsor a booth . Your sponsorship helps keep our Youth Program vibrant. Thank you! 

Proceeds from this carnival:
  • Help fund the Bet Torah Youth Program
  • Provide program discounts
  • Fund our carnival for friends from WJCS Havorah, immediately following the carnival for our families and children. Adults with developmental disabilities enjoy this free Purim celebration, part of Bet Torah’s commitment to building a better world. 
Please return  this sponsorship form  to Youth mailbox in the office  by Purim evening, Wednesday, February 28 , with your check to “Bet Torah Youth.”
Volunteer
Sunday, March 4
We need adults to help set up in the morning before the carnival, help prepare the food, sell the food, sell tickets, and distribute prizes.
We also need help getting local business to donate items for use as raffle prizes; if you have connections with any small businesses, please email Loen Amer .
Spring Semester Mini-Courses
 Open to teens in 8th-12th grade

Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., lunch included, $60 per course
taught by Guy Amdur
Sundays, March 11, 18, 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The impact of the Shoah was felt around the world and will be felt into the future.

How did this atrocity impact the modern State of Israel, how the world and United Nations views itself, and how will it shape your future?
taught by Rabbi Brusso
Sundays, April 22, 29, May 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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.
Partners in Our Community
Keshet LGBTQ & Ally East Coast Teen Shabbaton
Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4
Join Keshet for a weekend of fun, community and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens in 8th-12th grade!

Meet new friends, learn about LGBTQ organizing and identities, and celebrate Shabbat with a warm, vibrant community of LGBTQ and ally teens and adults.
J-Teen Leadership Trips
Led by Bet Torah Teens!
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.
Bringing the Joy: An After Purim Trip to Houston
Friday, March 2 - Monday, March 5
Led by our own Leah Sokol, for 8th and 9th graders, with a parent.

Spring into Action Service Trip to Houston
Friday, April 20 - Monday, April 23
Led by our own Dina Sokol, for 9th-12th graders.
Westchester Youth Alliance The Power of Words Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the The Katonah Museum of Art
The Katonah Museum of Art and the Westchester Youth Alliance invite you to a hands-on workshop with master calligrapher, Elinor Aishah Holland.

Together we will explore the power of words through written script and make calligraphic artworks. The evening will include a special tour of KMA’s exhibition, Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, art making activities, dinner, and vibrant discussion. Students will have an opportunity to engage in dialogue with teens from many different faith traditions and cultures.
Get Ready for Summer!
At Bet Torah, we support our teens' participation in USY Summer Experiences through the generosity of the Christopher B. Gordon Memorial Fund .
For more than 55 years USY Summer Experience has provided life-changing summer travel opportunities. This summer, teens in 7th-12th grade can travel North America, Israel, Europe, and beyond!
FindYourSummer.org is the place for Jewish teens to discover summer experiences as unique as they are.
Teens and their families can use the site to search among more than 350 programs that appeal to different passions, interests, and backgrounds. There’s a perfect experience for every Jewish teen.
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