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Youth & Teen Engagement

Youth and Teen Programming provides opportunities for students in PreK through 12th grade to increase their connection to the temple and Baltimore Jewish community through exciting and captivating activities that help develop a stronger Jewish identity, a sense of pride in their heritage, increase leadership skills, and foster long-lasting friendships.

At HSOSC, we strive to incorporate new and refreshing programming, Jewish learning concepts and traditions (including the celebration of Jewish holidays), the importance of social action, and plain old fun into our engagement with one another.

Join in our Youth and Teen Programming for the chance to get to know your peers better, build common ground through shared experiences, and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. 

Our Madrichim Program

This year’s program has been expanded to include three different options:

Option 1 — Conduct a Classroom
Madrichim that are selected to be a part of the “Conduct a Classroom” program will work closely with a religious school teacher to help teach lessons, create and implement activities/games for the kids, and assist with other classroom needs that may arise. This portion of the Madrichim program will be conducted virtually.

Option 2 — Be a Buddy
If you love working with and being a role model to younger students and you’d like to form a special bond with one of them, this option would be perfect for you. We will be asking younger students to sign up for a Big Brother or Big Sister that they can connect with over the course of the year. Be someone that they can count on and look up to during this uncertain time! Whether it is a phone call, a Zoom game, or a socially distant in-person meeting, these weekly connections will make a huge difference in both of your lives!

Option 3 — Plan a Program
This year is going to look a lot different than anything we’ve ever seen before. Schools are virtual, religious school classes are virtual, and once it gets cold outside, all of our programming will be virtual as well. With that being said, we want you to be part of our newest programming committee! Use your imagination and creativity to help plan fun events for the younger grades — from scavenger hunts and trivia to holiday games and celebrations — the sky is the limit!

Community Partners

HSOSC’s Youth & Teen Engagement is proud to be working/programming with the following community partners this year:

Boy Scouts Of America, Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids, 4Front Baltimore, NFTYx, NFTY-MAR, PJ Library, PJ Our Way, The Macks Center for Jewish Education, Jewish Volunteer Connection

Upcoming Youth & Teen Programs 

SaturdaySat, 17 AprApril, 2021
SaturdaySat, 24 AprApril, 2021
MondayMon, 26 AprApril, 2021

Weekend Backpacks for Teens!

Monday, Apr 26th 7:00p to 8:00pHSOSC Teens are invited to join Lindsay Gaister Montague at Weekend Backpacks to help pack bags for those less fortunate. Space is limited due to strict social distancing protocols. Masks will be required throughout the entire event. Weekend Backpacks is a non-profit organization that helps alleviate the plight of food-insecure school children who often go hungry over the weekends and during school breaks. For more information about Weekend Backpacks please click here.


SaturdaySat, 1 MayMay, 2021

Lag B'Omer Bonfire for Teens in Grades 8-12!

Shabbat, May 1st 8:00p to 9:30pMore details coming soon! Stay tuned, you don't want to miss this!


SundaySun, 2 MayMay, 2021

Last Day of Religious School - In-Person Celebration!

Sunday, May 2nd 11:00a to 12:00pP-A-R-T-why?! Because we are celebrating the last day of an amazing year! Come to HSOSC and enjoy a petting zoo, balloon animals, and more! Register today to save your spot at the PARTY!


SundaySun, 18 AprApril, 2021

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Israel Celebration for Families!

Sunday, Apr 18th 11:30a to 1:30pCome to HSOSC for some Israeli food, music, games, and tie-dye!


SundaySun, 18 AprApril, 2021

Two Bold Chefs Food Truck!

Sunday, Apr 18th 12:30p to 4:00pFrom delicious Greek and Italian Dishes to mouthwatering French and Portuguese Flavors, enjoy this special Mediterranean taste, available for purchase by Two Bold Chefs. Religious School families and the first 20 HSOSC Member families to register will all receive a $10 coupon towards their purchase!


MondayMon, 19 AprApril, 2021

Yom Ha’Atzmaut - Israel Oh Israel

Monday, Apr 19th 7:30p to 8:30pYom Ha’Atzmauot - Israel Oh Israel What is so special about Israel that people of all religious faiths feel a sacred connection there.



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