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Adventure Rabbi Teens Program Grows 30%

Most of us know a Jewish teen who, after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah seemed to fall off the congregational grid. It’s usually not because they are turned off of Judaism or are that uninterested. The programs and activities offered don’t always align with what they are looking for, and so they disappear. Some of them will choose to resurface later when they start their own families and feel the need and the draw to associate with congregational life again, but some may fall into the woodwork forever.

The Adventure Rabbi Congregation’s response to this is the Adventure Rabbi Teen Cohort. Our teens come from all backgrounds. Some are members of our congregation and others are not, but they all have a desire to be around other Jewish teens while having amazingly fun experiences.

Our teens are extremely welcoming to everyone they meet, so no one feels new to the group for long. We foster lifelong friendships while at the same time providing fun and safe experiences that sometimes don’t even have an immediate Jewish connection.

While our teen group just finished it’s first year, we can proudly say it grew by almost 30% within that year! We attribute this success to the positive attitudes and welcoming nature of our teens.

We have big plans for our next round of Adventure Rabbi Teens and we hope your teen will join us for another incredible year of fun and friendship.

You can learn more about our teen group, the activities we’re looking forward to , as well as find a link for registration when you’re ready to become part of our teen family here: adventurerabbi.org/congregation/Teen.htm

You can also e-mail Elaine Barenblat at elaine@adventurerabbi.org with any questions.

We hope you’ll join us!

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About Elaine Barenblat

Elaine hails from San Antonio Texas, but has been fortunate enough to live all over the United States. While she has a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, her work with the Adventure Rabbi Congregation in Boulder, CO focuses around Jewish Education for students in grades 1-6, B'nai Mitzvah training, teen programming, and hosting events for 20s and 30s. She's found her forever home nestled in the Foothills, and she hopes to meet you around town soon!

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