Teens & Tweens

B’Nei Mitzvah Journey

B’NEI MITZVAH JOURNEY is led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske. It typically involves peer cohort that meets bimonthly, Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:45 p.m. for students whose B’nei Mitzvah service is scheduled in the upcoming year or two, with family involvement in services and class Shabbat dinners.  Vegetarian/vegan pizza dinner is provided by families.  The Journey also includes outside private tutoring, meeting with the rabbi about designing your service and D’var Torah, working on a Tikkun Olam project, the family and student involved with services, community and synagogue involvement, and participating in our teen and tween programming.

Please contact the office or Rabbi Riqi to begin your child’s B’Nei Mitzvah Journey!


Grades 5-12

BAFTY Youth Group

BAFTY is Beit Ahavah’s chapter of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. Read about NFTY-NE regional upcoming events this year here:  https://northeast.nfty.org/.  An advisor or Rabbi Riqi attends along with each group of teens.

Teen Info FORM: Please click HERE and fill out this 60-second Teen Information form so we can better stay in touch with teens, tweens and parents about upcoming events at Beit Ahavah, in the Valley and NFTY-Northeast.

Contact Rabbi Riqi for information on joining!


Hanhalah (הַנְהָלָה)

Hanhalah = Teen Leadership Team.  Hanhalah is the group of teens who step up/step in to be managers and brainstormers of program ideas, creative events and things for teens.  They meet at Dobra Tea or other places to plan and think up teen programs, social justice topics, trips or issues important to teens.  This looks great on high school transcripts.  Anyone willing can be on Hanhalah.  Contact BAFTY Advisor Sophie Spencer-Zavos to inquire or step in.


Madrichim (מַדְרִיכִים)

Madrichim = Teen Teaching Assistants/Teen Leaders (sing. Madrich, Madrichah).  Madrichim comes from the word “derech” – “to guide someone on their road.” These are paid or voluntary positions.

Current Madrichim: Hannah Donnelly, Jake Fein, Tamar Feinland & Aria Monet 

The Madrichim Program is built for teens who have become B’nei Mitzvah (over 13) and are looking to continue their Jewish journey as youth leaders in RUACH, Hebrew Havurah and Tot Shabbat.  Madrichim are students in 8-12th grade and involved with our Teen program. Madrichim serve as role models, teaching assistants and guides to younger students in K-7 and young families.  Madrichim are nurtured and coached by Staff to develop teaching and leadership skills while strengthening Jewish identity. Many Madrichim have gone on to other leadership roles, leading or teaching a class on their own while in high school, becoming a camp counselor, or other teaching and counseling professions.  Madrichim arrive with teachers for set up and clean up.  

Supported by Harold Grinspoon Foundation Teen grant and Anonymous Family Teen Donation.