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GRADES 8-12 MADRICHIM PROGRAM

The Hebrew word madrich (or plural, madrichim) is often translated as a counselor, teacher, or guide. Literally, a madrich is "one who shows the way." Our newly expanded Madrichim program is service-oriented and centers around giving back to the Kol Emeth community. We focus on leadership training, continued Jewish learning, and forming strong social connections. The Madrichim program is available as paid work experience or community service hours. There are various tracks (descriptions below) designed to accommodate a wide variety of interests and availability. Our madrichim learn responsibility, as we rely on their commitment and expect follow-through. If a madrich has a schedule conflict, they need to inform us ahead of time so that we can make alternative arrangements.  All tracks meet once a month at our teen workshops. 


Support High Holiday family programs

PAID, IN-PERSON, seasonal

The High Holidays are a special time to be involved with one of our many family programs. Madrichim in this track will help service leaders with small-group activities for grades K-7th. No activity planning is necessary, but there will be a time to connect with the service leader you are assigned to support. 

Commitment: Madrichim will sign up for specific High Holiday programs ahead of time.


Assist Hebrew Teachers 

PAID, VIRTUAL, Tuesdays @4:15-5:45pm

Our Hebrew classes are for students in grades 3-7. After learning the alef-bet, students begin decoding Hebrew words and reading prayers.  Madrichim who choose this track will plan activities and support small groups and/or individual students in these classes. Madrichim will also be asked to schedule one-on-one Hebrew support for students during the week, based on the availability of the teen and family. Since we have students at all levels, teens do not need to be fluent in Hebrew to help. Comfort with the alef-bet and basic reading skills are required. 

Commitment: We expect regular attendance from our madrichim in this track. If you need to miss a day, please tell us at least one week in advance to arrange for a substitute. If you are sick, please let us know ASAP.


Support Shabbat mornings 

PAID, IN-PERSON, Saturdays @9:30am-12:15pm

Madrichim support the teachers in all of our various Shabbat morning classes (K-2, Parsha Players, Parsha Partners, Trope, and Mussar), as well as help students learn and lead Tefillah. Madrichim plan lessons and facilitate activities each week. 

Commitment: We expect regular attendance from our madrichim in this track. If you need to miss a day, please tell us at least one week in advance to arrange for a substitute. If you are sick, please let us know ASAP.


Help lead our new Kid-dish program! 

PAID, IN-PERSON, Every Saturday @12:15-2:00pm

Kid-dish is a new Shabbat enrichment program for kids during and after our congregational Kiddish (lunch). Madrichim will help run activities such as games, sports, or Shabbat-friendly art.

Commitment: We expect regular attendance from our madrichim in this track. If you need to miss a day, please tell us at least one week in advance to arrange for a substitute. If you are sick, please let us know ASAP.


Help with Family Fridays 

PAID, IN-PERSON, two Friday evenings per month

We need madrichim to help us during our Family Friday programs: Jammies and Jeans (ages 0-5) and First Fridays (grades K-7). Each Friday evening includes activities around a special theme, a musical Kabbalat Shabbat, and dinner. Madrichim choosing to participate in this track will help primarily with the activities and entertainment for the evening, as well as encouraging participation in services. Madrichim may also be asked to help with set-up or clean-up.

Commitment: Madrichim will sign up for specific Family Fridays ahead of time.


Help lead Mitzvah Corps

VOLUNTEER, IN-PERSON, one Sunday per month (~10am-12pm)

Mitzvah Corps is a program for 6th and 7th graders who meet once a month (10 sessions) for hands-on community service activities. Each month revolves around a different mitzvah or Jewish value. Madrichim will lead ice breakers, help introduce the mitzvah or value, and support students as they work on their projects. Participants in this track earn community service hours.

Commitment: Madrichim will sign up for specific Mitzvah Corps sessions ahead of time.


Help with Social Action 

VOLUNTEER, IN-PERSON, as needed

Madrichim who choose this track will help Jeff Schwarz and the Social Action Committee with various Tikkun Olam projects to assist community participation in social action events. Participants in this track earn community service hours. 

Commitment: Madrichim will sign up for specific Social Action programs ahead of time.


Administrative support

VOLUNTEER, IN-PERSON, as needed

Madrichim who choose this track help the office staff with tasks such as helping collect member information for our new database, helping with large office mailings, or helping with supplies distribution. Participants in this track earn community service hours.

Commitment: Madrichim will sign up for specific tasks ahead of time.


Shabbat & Holiday Services

VOLUNTEER, IN-PERSON, as needed

We need madrichim to help support our Shabbat and Holiday Services. If you are interested in being part of this track, you will be contacted to help at various times that fit within your schedule. Participants in this track earn community service hours.

Commitment: Madrichim will sign up for specific Shabbat/Holiday services ahead of time.


Purim Committee

VOLUNTEER, IN-PERSON, seasonal

At Kol Emeth, we love to celebrate Purim to the fullest extent with Megillah readings, a shpiel, and a carnival. This group of madrichim will start meeting in November to plan. Time commitment will be more intense as Purim gets closer. Participants in this track earn community service hours. 

Commitment: Madrichim are expected to attend all planning meetings.

 

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782