Havayah Core Curriculum
Jewish tradition teaches that each of us is created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image. Through participation in Havayah, our teens consider this idea and reflect on their personal connection to God, the sacred aspects of their relationships with other people, and the ways in which Jewish learning and living help us to draw closer to the Divine.
Our curriculum facilitates opportunities for reflection, sharing three different aspects of God (Creator, Seeker and Repairer) with teens to explore as they participate in each area of Havayah: Chavurot, Shabbat Experiences, Tikkun Olam and social programming. Each program year focuses on one characteristic of God and empowers teens to discover the ways in which they emulate God (are created in God’s image) in their own lives. Teens in Havayah grow as individuals, as Jews, and as leaders through our core values: Lomed (learning), Kehillah Kedoshah (community), Doresh (personal identity development), Manhigut (leadership), Nefesh (spirutual expression and exploration), and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
Our deeply connected network of teens is a hallmark of the Havayah program. We value and relish the opportunity to spend time together in sacred community. In the coming year, we are excited to continue building relationships as we experience Shabbat together in a variety of times, places and settings each month.
This year, our core curricular theme looks at our role as SEEKERS. Throughout Havayah, our teens will explore this role through creative and engaging communal programming, chavurot participation, worship experiences and much more! Teens from Havayah, along with members of the TBE Youth Team, will help our core curriculum come to life.
For additional information about how these core values and questions come to life through Havayah: Temple Beth Elohim's Teen Community, please contact Hannah Richman.
Key Ideas and Questions
Throughout this year's programming, we will be asking and discussing the following questions:
What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
Our tradition teaches us about God’s role as Creator of the universe, as Repairer of our imperfect world, and as a Seeker of relationship with people.
We can do all of these things. How do we do them in ways that emulate God and help us be true to ourselves?
Additionally, Havayah participants will explore how they identify with and navigate these different roles:
Havayah Core Values
These middot and the corresponding texts serve as the cornerstones for all of our Havayah programming - Chavurot, Shabbatonim, youth group events, and other experiences:
What does it mean to be engaged in building sacred community?
How do I build meaningful relationships within my Jewish community?
What are my responsibilities both as a member of the community and as a builder of the community?
“Hillel said, ‘Do not separate yourself from the community…’ ” Pirkei Avot 2:4