Beit Tichon completes our students’ Jewish educational journeys as they enter adulthood. The program is designed to help teens understand the wider Jewish world while developing their own Jewish identities by participating in a variety of courses and having the opportunity to mentor younger students through the Madrichim program or track system. In 8th-10th grade, during Religious School, Beit Tichon students take a core curriculum where they learn about life and issues in modern-day Israel, comparative Jewish denominations, and major events over 3000 years of Jewish history. They also select from a number of track offerings, which in the past included classes like Modern Hebrew, Israeli TV, Hot Topics, Jewish Films, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more, with new and different choices for the coming year. In 11th and 12th grades, students participate in classes with our Rabbis twice a month on Sunday afternoons. In these sessions students and our clergy discuss issues ranging from sexuality from a Jewish perspective, theology, and preparation for being a Jewish adult on college campuses and beyond. Completion of the Beit Tichon program leads to Confirmation at the end of 12th grade.
Beit Tichon students participate in community retreats, a spring break trip to NYC, service learning, and leadership development both within our walls and through TABSY, NFTY-TOR, and other teen organizations in Austin. All Beit Tichon students arrive at 11:00am for Schmear & Schmooze, where teens socialize while noshing on delicious bagels!