Shaarim Descriptions 2018-2019

Weekly Learning Opportunities:

  • CSZ is extremely proud of our Madrichim (teaching assistant) Program, which provides extensive training and hands-on experiences for our teens in partnership with our Religious School for children in grades K-6. CSZ Madrichim volunteer during their 8th grade year and may be paid in grades 9th-12th. Scheduling is flexible for teens to work on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Shabbat. We are always looking for creative, passionate and caring teen role models to help in our learning programs and junior youth group events!  Contact Ari Reis to learn more about the different opportunities and how you can get involved. Online application is available via the CSZ website.

Monthly Learning Opportunities

  •  MLI Teen Application 2016-2017: The Harold Wade Madrichim Leadership Institute is organized through the “Opening the Doors” program through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.  These interactive leadership training sessions empower teens with strategies and leadership skills (to help students with diverse learning differences, teens participate in a Jewish education with their peers, and to use in their own lives). Teens will receive training manuals with cutting edge resources, earn community service hours, a monetary stipend, Certificate of Completion, and recommendation letters. Training sessions will take place Sundays, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on October 30, December 4, December 18, February 12, March 5, April 30. Makeup session is on November 20.
  • Feed the Need: Feed the Need is a teen partnership program at Yad Ezra, Michigan’s only kosher food pantry! Giving Gardens will teach our teen how to promote environmental resilience and sustainability in our local Jewish community, through educational experiences for our teens centered around food, justice, and environmentalism. Teens that participate in the program will be empowered with the skills to grow and process their own food, better understand their local food system and its issues, and have a strengthened connection to Judaism, through meaningful educational experiences. Feed the Need will meet Sundays from 2:00-4:00 pm at Yad Ezra.
  • Teen Talks: A great opportunity to nosh, schmooze and cover social discussion topics with Rabbi Aaron Starr and Rabbi Yonatan Dahlen, these sessions meet Sundays after Religious School. Watch for dates and topics for the coming school year.
  • Friday Night Lights: A Shabbat experience appropriate for teens and adults is a spiritual and familiar 45-minute service led by our clergy. The service is followed by dinner and schmooze time for all. This is an opportunity for our teen families to celebrate with their CSZ community…without having to prepare and clean up the Shabbat meal.

On-going Teen Engagement throughout the year:

  • Motor City USY: Motor City United Synagogue Youth (MCUSY) is the Detroit-area chapter of United Synagogue Youth. MCUSY is a teen-led youth group that inspires Jewish youth to celebrate Judaism, practice ethical values, explore Jewish living, love Israel and value community responsibility. MCUSY hosts events, such as the Limo scavenger hunt & Purim shul-in, Ice skating in the D & Havdalah, Trips to Kalahari & Sky Zone, Regional (multi-state) Kinnusim-gatherings of teens for weekend experiences of fun, and learning and spirituality in a Jewish setting. Connect with MCUSY on Facebook at
  • J-Serve: J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day weekend.  J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place.  Jewish teens nationwide will participate in J-Serve. Connect with J-Serve on Facebook at or Twitter at @DetroitJSERVE.