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Welcome to BDJ Teens' Page!

Teen Minyan is a youth minyan for teens in grades 7-12, that meets on Shabbat & Yom Tov mornings at 9:30 AM in the Projection Room, completely led by teens! The goal of Teen Minyan is to instill fluency & comfort in all elements of Shabbat davening, and inspire out teens to feel connected to & invested in the davening. Sign up for leining here! 

Additional Programming for Girls in Teen Minyan:

Teen Girls' Coffee Club: Teen girls are invited to bond, nosh & have meaningful conversations with Sara at 9:30 AM in the Conference Room, before joining Teen Minyan at 10:15 AM.  See schedule below.

Teen Girls' Tefillah (TGT): Select Shabbatot, the teen girls fully lead an all-girls' service at 9:30 AM int the Beit Midrash, while the boys daven in the Projection Room. We will all reconvene for kiddush after davening. See schedule below & sign up for TGT leining here.  

Upcoming Events

December 22 - Coffee Club

January 5 - Coffee Club

February 9 - Teen Takeover

March 9- Teen Girls Tefillah

May 11- Teen Girls Tefillah

Teen Minyan Co-Directors

Dr. Sara Smith, assistant dean of the Graduate Center of Jewish Education at American Jewish University, will be expanding her role at Teen Minyan as co-director. She has worked with our teens for almost two years, building relationships with the teens & bringing her vast Jewish knowledge & expertise in education to enhance the experience of both boys & girls. With a special focus on the girls, Sara – who celebrated her own bat mitzvah at BDJ’s Shirat Chana -- has helped the girls build attendance, camaraderie & investment in Teen Minyan.

Sara earned her doctorate in Education &  Jewish Studies from New York University, and has taught Tanach & Jewish studies at YULA & Shalhevet. She has an ambitious vision & plan for enhancing the educational opportunities at Teen Minyan to inspire our boys & girls to become even more deeply involved & active.








Mr. Josh Meisel, who is on the Torah studies faculty at Shalhevet, brings a true sense of leadership & excitement about tefillah & Jewish education. This will be Josh’s second stint leading BDJ Teen Minyan – he held the position when he was a senior at Shalhevet High School.

Josh was a leader in Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles during high school, then attended Yeshivat Hakotel. He joined the IDF & served as an intelligence & combat soldier in the Golani Brigade. Josh worked with NCSY in Israel, creating a new program for American teenage olim, many of whom were having trouble adjusting to life in Israel. His program grew to more than 200 teens. We are thrilled that he is bringing his passion for tefillah, his understanding of teens, his love of Judaism & Israel, and his leadership vision to Teen Minyan.

Sun, October 13 2019 14 Tishrei 5780