When I arrived at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, FL, six years ago, the congregation’s junior high and high school programs were dealing with a problem that many congregations are dealing with: trying to get teens who are going through b’nei mitzvah to take part in our program, and trying to keep post-b’nei mitzvah teens engaged.
The Original Model
Our 7th–12th grade religious school was on Tuesday nights, broken into three divisions: 7th–9th grade, 10th-grade confirmation, and 11th–12th-grade post-confirmation.
The 7th–9th-grade program had low attendance. On some nights, we... Read More