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Teen Education


What is License to Chai?

Our License to Chai program is taught exclusively by Zach Goldstein and is geared toward our teens from 8th - 10th  grades.  The course runs on a three year rotation of learning centered around the famous quote from Hillel found in the Ethics of Our Fathers: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” We focus on one aspect of the sentence each year. During our first year, we focused on issues facing individual teens, and last year, we focused on Tzedakah and Jewish social justice, embodying the quote, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” 

Our class meets one Thursday evening a month. 

The goals of the course are to

  • Inspire students to form a relationship with Israel and their heritage
  • Present the complexity of the conflict and the context of current events
  • Spark conversations between students and their families and communities
  • Motivate students to Step Up on Israel’s behalf

The class includes watching many video clips/movies, coupled with rich and lively discussions.

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