Tichon (High School)
7th-12th graders at Neveh Shalom stay engaged in Jewish learning and social life through our ALIYAH Tichon program on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm. Our classes range from high-level conversation about important topics of their choice (Being Jewish in a Multi-cultural World, Judaism and the Environment, Comparative Judaism, Interfaith Connections), to fun and active electives such as Jewish cooking, art, improv, and ethical debate.
7th & 12th Grade Seminars
7th graders make new friends, young and old, in a much-loved intergenerational program called Mensches & Mavens, and 12th graders engage in a senior seminar with Rabbi Kosak to prepare them for launching into Jewish adulthood.
Hebrew for Teens
We are eager to support continued Hebrew learning for our teens! With enough interest, we are happy to offer a Hebrew class for teens during Tichon; older teens are also welcome to join Machon Ivrit (modern Hebrew program for adults).
Wednesday evening dinners are a highlight of the week at CNS! Teens, teachers, young families, and Mavens all enjoy a low-cost family-friendly Kosher dinner buffet with options such as burrito bar, grilled cheese and tomato soup, or veggie stir-fry. Teens can opt in for the year or drop in at their convenience.
Up to 30 teens each year participate in a paid internship program, assisting our ALIYAH teachers in working with K-6th graders and gaining leadership skills through a teen leadership seminar. We love our teen Madrichim!
CNS Teen Engagement
CNS Teens are creating a year of connection with Youth Engagement Associate Sarah Rohr.
- Shabbat buddies: come to Tot Shabbat and Kiddush club and help out our smallest friends. Stay for lunch and games.
- Shabbat Shmooze: join us on the first Shabbat of the month for afternoon hang and snack. Feel free to come just for lunch or come all day.
- Teen Connect Time: Interested in other activities just for teens at CNS, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
A teen trip to Israel is a transformative experience and we encourage our young adults to take advantage of the opportunity for travel during high school or gap year. CNS is proud to partner with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to offer scholarships through the Chai Israel program. All Jewish teens are eligible for funds through this program, and teens enrolled in Tichon receive an additional scholarship.