Central Synagogue teens remain committed and engaged in Jewish life through weekly programming, community service opportunities, study trips and more.
CenSyn Teens strive to maintain and strengthen a community that explores the world through a Jewish lens, with an emphasis on nurturing social and intellectual bonds. Explore some of the ongoing offerings for teens below.
Repairing the World: Volunteering
Our young people engage in the work of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, through volunteer service opportunities, and social justice and community work. You can learn more about opportunities for Youth & Family here.
Each year Central Synagogue Teens in grades 8–12 embark on trips throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, and beyond. Our life-changing trips allow students to engage with both past and present communities and establish connections to Judaism and their peers as we explore and learn about cultures and places. Please note that registration for trips/events is only open to students enrolled in the trip’s corresponding program or seminar (e.g., the Civil Rights and Memphis study trips are only open to students enrolled in the 8th- and 9th-grade Jewish American History seminar).
Grades 8 & 9: Civil Rights & Memphis
Alternating between Alabama and Tennessee, our teens travel to the South to hear first-hand accounts from civil rights activists and participants, visit museums and historical sites, and explore American Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. We also discuss the evolution of Judaism throughout the world and the current events that connect our past to the present day.
Grade 10: Confirmation International Study
As part of Central’s Confirmation program, our 10th grade students explore the secular and Jewish histories of remarkable places beyond our home, as we broaden our understanding of living Judaism outside the United States. Each trip provides opportunities for students to visit a remarkable city, meet with Jewish communities, and deepen our connection to Judaism and the Jewish community.
Grades 11 & 12: Canada
Our oldest students head north to explore Canada through a Jewish lens. There, we learn about the Jewish history and evolution of different Canadian cities, meet other Jewish teens, and celebrate Shabbat together.
Grades 9–12: The Religious Action Center (RAC) in Washington, DC
The RAC’s unique weekend seminar dedicated to civic action is an opportunity for CenSyn Teens to meet their fellow Jewish high schoolers from across the country and learn about the U.S. legislative process. Sessions include discussions on current issues and legislation, the role of the Reform movement in politics, and lobbying with our local representatives.
Teen Trips to Israel
Central’s teen trip goes far beyond a typical tour of Israel to uncover with Central Clergy, staff, and other CenSyn Teens, the real vibrancy and complexity of the State of Israel. Of course, we pay a visit to Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, Tel Aviv, and take a camel ride in the Negev Desert. But we also meet with Ethiopian Jews, a Jewish-Arab-Christian youth group, and Palestinian teens; and learn what it means to be LGBTG in Israel. We spend the night in a sukkah and journey beyond the Green Line (the 1949 Armistice border) to learn about ongoing efforts to bring West Bank Palestinians and their Jewish neighbors together.
This trip is open to all CenSyn Teens.