December 7, 2023 |

Teen Madrichim

Shalom TI Teens in Grades 8-12,
Many of you have shared with me your interest in gaining experience working with younger kids and teaching, doing some community service, or asking for ways to stay involved at Temple Israel.  If you are looking for a service project, want to stay connected and gaining experience working with kids and teaching, keep reading! Temple Israel’s madrichim program could be perfect for you!  After reading the information below, you can sign up by filling out this very short application.
What do madrich, madricha and madrichim mean?

Madrich and madricha literally means “guide”.  Madrich is the masculine form and madricha is the feminine form.  Madrichim is plural. In our context, a madrichim is a teen leader and role model.
What will I do as a madrich/madricha?

You will have the opportunity to work with students in grades K-7 in our education program, supporting them and the teachers.  You will help implement lesson plans and games, read stories, work with kids who need extra support, and help us a create a Jewish community of learners filled with ruach (spirit!)
What’s the commitment and schedule?

You can choose to be a madrich or madricha during any of these times:

  • Sundays 9-12pm
  • Tuesdays 4-6pm
  • Wednesdays 4-6pm

Who is eligible to be a madricha or madricha?

Any teens in grades 8-12.  Seventh graders who attend a Jewish Day School are also welcome to apply!
Does the program cost?  How much will I get paid?

The cost of the program is $500.  Financial aid is available; please speak with Robin or Rabbi Liben if you need financial support.  The cost of the program covers things like paying the Madrichim Coordinator, snacks and special programs.
At the end of the year if you participate fully (90% attendance or better) you will have the choice of receiving a stipend or community service hours.  8th and 9th graders will receive a stipend of $180, 10th and 11th graders a stipend of $225 and 12th graders a stipend of $250.  If you have a Passport to Israel account we encourage you to put the stipend in that account.
Finally, here are 10 reasons that you should sign up:

  1. All your friends will be doing it once you tell them about it
  2. Build leadership skills that you will be able to use for years to come
  3. Gain experience working with younger kids.
  4. Have a role in shaping our education program
  5. Have fun
  6. It looks great on college applications and resumes.
  7. Meet new teens and build friendships
  8. Opportunity to give back to your community
  9. Strengthen and enhance your Jewish identity
  10. Younger students think teens are the coolest!

How do I sign up?

Click Here!
Of course, if you have questions, I’d love to chat with you.  I can be reached at