AISH - Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership
Welcome to the inaugural year of AISH: Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership!
AISH is Temple Shir Tikva’s post-B’nai Mitzvah program designed for teens in 7th-12th grades. It meets once a week on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. As well, we will gather once a month for a special AISH Sunday or Shabbat program - required of 7th graders and Madrichim student teachers- and highly encouraged of other grades. On these days, we will venture into Boston, experience The Yellow Dress theatrical show about Healthy Relationships, band together for Mitzvah Day, and celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays in our own special AISH way.
After a multi-year process of educational evaluation and reflection led by a dedicated team of lay leaders, teens, and Temple staff, Shir Tikva is proud that your teen will be in our first cohort of AISH innovators. Formerly known as Youth Community, AISH will infuse teen-identified passions, relationship building, and leadership development with meaningful Jewish learning and experiences. We imagine a world of teen engagement where teens connect relationally with one another and with role models around their deepest AISH – inner spark – to build community, develop leadership skills, uncover new passions and discover their voice. In a world that is not often set up to hear the voice of youth, we have built a faculty who are enthusiastic and committed to helping teens develop their voice, who are passionate and skilled in a particular interest area, and who want to share their passion with your child and our community.
At AISH, teens get to hang out with friends; choose from elective courses designed just for their passions and interests; build a resume with leadership development opportunities; have opportunities to do local social justice Mitzvah work; meet teens from other local and regional synagogues; spend time in Rosh Hodesh or Shevet Achim groups with just girls or just guys; AND most importantly, theirvoice and input matter as we continue to build AISH together.
Every student in Grades 7-12 is a member of the Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership. AISH emulates membership in the temple, offering multiple entry points into study, activity and involvement. No matter what a teen is interested in — dinner with friends, social action activities, innovative learning experiences, creative program involvement, madrichim (student teaching), trips, retreats or youth group activities—there's a place for him/her in AISH!
Click here to register for AISH 2013-2014
For more information about AISH: Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership, please reach out to Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz.