Beth Am’s Social Justice Teen Fellowship
Wins 2019 Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award


Temple Beth Am is proud to announce that our Social Justice Teen Fellowship has been recognized by the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA), with its 2019 Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award.


In announcing the award, Shelly F. Cohen, Chair of the CSA's Irving J. Fain Award Committee, wrote: "As you know, the work of tikkun olam is our sacred mandate, and that work merits recognition and appreciation."

The Fain Awards will be presented at the URJ Biennial in Chicago, IL, December 11–15, 2019. Our Beth Am community will attend the Biennial and receive the award certificate during the RAC Leadership Reception on December 12th.

The Social Justice Teen Fellowship program was established as an exclusive, action-oriented program that seeks to empower Fellows to take responsibility and action for significant social, economic and environmental problems in their local communities, both within and beyond the Jewish community.

We are so proud of all of the teens who participated in our initial program in 2016 traveling to Guatemala," notes Dan Farkas, Vice President of Youth Engagement Religious School (YERS). "Under the leadership of Director of Lifelong Learning Tamara Donnenfeld, Rabbi Rachel Greengrass and Jacki Altman, former Youth Engagement Director who continues to coordinate the program, the group expanded in 2017 to a second-year program, including a 4-day trip to Peru for high school seniors, in addition to the trip to Guatemala for the 11th grade Fellows."

For complete information about the YERS Social Justice Teen Fellowship, see details and photos below.



Limited to a small group of motivated teens, Temple Beth Am's Social Justice Teen Fellowship combines Jewish text study with social justice activities and includes a social action trip to Guatemala for 11th graders and Peru for 12th graders.

This unique year-long program develops a commitment to the Jewish people and community service. It offers exceptionally-motivated 11th and 12th grade students an incredible opportunity to not only explore Jewish life, but also to make a difference in the world.


Our Fellows become active participants, leaders and agents for change in the Jewish and wider global community. Our program is guided by the following values:

• Jewish Learning — Our Fellowship program provides a framework and a springboard to promote advocacy and action through the study of Jewish texts.

• Social Activism — Judaism calls for responsible engagement with the world around us. Our program brings teens in contact with real social justice issues within our communities and empowers them to apply their talents to bring about solutions and/or alternatives in order to "repair the world."



Program Highlights

• Eight Saturday or Sunday social action programs for HS juniors
• Six Saturday or Sunday social action programs for HS seniors
  (between September 2019 and May 2020)

• Temple Beth Am Social Justice Speaker Series programs
• A 4-day social action trip to Guatemala/Peru
• Personal Reflections postings in SJTF Blog


For more information, Tamara Donnenfeld, Director of Lifelong Learning, 786.364.9416, tdonnenfeld@tbam.org.


Apply today for the 2019–2020 Fellowship

Download Application for the Social Justice Teen Fellowship


Reflection is a crucial aspect of the SJTF experience.

Participants are required to actively contribute to the Social Justice Teen Fellowship blog, which serves as a physical reminder of the program for its participants and ensures continued reflection of the group’s social justice explorations.


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