Teen Life

Teen Life at CBI

Teen Life at CBI is centered around youth empowerment and leadership development. What does it mean to be a member of a community today? How do I uniquely contribute, and how do I support my peers to do the same?

CBI offers three unique avenues for teen engagement outside of ritual leadership:

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Our Youth Groups 

Our youth groups bring together teens from the Greater Northampton area to connect to their traditions, their culture, and to each other. Each student involved plays a role, from attending the program to holding a board position. Students can be a part of Solelim beginning in grade 6, and in Kirvah until grade 12, cultivating deep relationships with peers and community along the way, and developing the leadership of their peers and themselves.  

Who are we? 

Solelim: Trail Blazers 

6-8th grade

Solelim is a middle school youth group that meets once a month to socialize, celebrate Jewish holidays, and have fun. 




Kirvah: Connection

Kirvah is a high school youth group that meets once a month to socialize, celebrate, and relate to each other as Jewish high schoolers. 





These youth groups are open to all Jewish students in the Greater Northampton area.

Questions? Contact Youth Advisor Tessa Levenstein at teenlife@cbinorthampton.org

Our Youth Group Advisor

Tessa Levenstein is a second-year student at Amherst College. She is from Amherst and attended the Regional high school there where she first connected to the Jewish youth group, Chai. Chai was very important to her in High School: it is where she first started thinking about her Judaism, and where she made many of her deepest friendships. As a college student, she plans to focus on history and math. She is also passionate about theater and the visual arts.

She is so excited to be working with CBI to help support the middle and high school youth groups. For her, the ages 12-17 were wonderful and exciting, but they were also, at times, difficult and overwhelming. She believes that the thoughtful community that these youth groups create can support people through their inevitable challenges while helping them better enjoy the wonderful parts of middle and high school. 

Upcoming Events


Join us for our yearly

Teen High Holiday

service programs at CBI

in our Teen Lounge,

Classroom 3.




Are you in grades 6-12?

Save the date for our

Teen Life Shabbaton at

Ramah Palmer, November 1-3.

Registration and

details coming soon.


   Shefa: Teen Internship and Apprenticeship

Shefa is a teen program on Abundance Farm in Northampton, MA, which offers learning and experience with farming, food justice, and community building. For those who are new to the Farm, the internship track introduces many of the skills it takes to run a one acre urban farm, and discusses the systems and structures that situate this farm within the larger food system.  Interns will also practice self reflection and community building through games, workshops on identity and justice, and communication development. The apprenticeship track offers Shefa alumni the opportunity to build off of the farm skills they have learned in previous summers and practice teaching these skills to peers and community members.  Apprentices will also be given training and opportunities to lead community building activities such as games, reflection times, and celebrations.  Apprentices will receive training, support, and feedback as they develop as leaders throughout the session.

While Abundance Farm is a Jewish community project, this program is open to people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.  We will be exploring farming, food justice, and community building through a Jewish lens, and we will also be exploring these topics through other lenses and other identities.

Shefa begins Summer 2018. Applications will be open and available here beginning in early 2018.

For more information, visit Shefa’s page on the Abundance Farm website.























Teen Membership and Shabbaton Registration 2019-20