Teen Engagement – Shaarim


The mission of our new teen initiative, Shaarim (Gates), is to engage teens in a variety of ways that foster Jewish identity development, community-building, learning, and a deep connection to Jewish life. Shaarim is a safe, welcoming and supportive Jewish community where teens are empowered as learners and leaders by one another and by caring, dedicated clergy and faculty who serve as positive, accessible Jewish role models.

Shaarim honors teens as young adults in our community and meets the needs of their busy lives by providing options for engagement. Ultimately, we hope that each teen will find meaningful engagement in Jewish life through Shaarim’s vibrant youth community and in the broader Jewish community. Our Shaarim team serves as resources to help each teen design the Jewish experience that will work best for him/her.

A teen can sign up for one or all of these incredible opportunities:

The Goals of the Shaarim program:

Differentiating learning opportunities for our teens depending on their interests and learning styles;

  • Meeting our teens where they are at emotionally, socially, intellectually;
  • Creating meaningful learning opportunities for parents of teens;
  • Scheduling that allows for flexibility with no-pressure on attendance;
  • Crafting opportunities for day school and community families to connect with our clergy and community;
  • Serving as a gateway to Motor City United Synagogue Youth and the international Conservative Jewish youth movement.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Youth and Family Learning, Ari Reis, at areis@shaareyzedek.org, or 248.357.5544.

Thank you for your commitment to your child’s ongoing Jewish education. Together may we go from strength to strength, and provide exciting, engaging learning, social, community service, and prayer opportunities for our teenagers.