Open to 8th – 12th graders, our Madrichol & MITs (Madrichol in Training) are our teen leadership program at CAA. Madrich/a translates as “leader” or “guide,” and we encourage the teens who serve as Madrichim (the plural of Madrich) to view themselves as guiding our students on their Jewish journeys. Being a Madrichol enables our teens to develop communication, organizational and teaching skills. Confidence, pride, meaning and a renewed passion for Judaism – that’s what this program creates for our teens. Because of the effort and care of our Madrichol, CAARS students become curious about their faith and find a place where they feel comfortable being Jewish.
Madrichol emphasize their commitment to their Jewish community through their continued involvement in CAARS and by passing on to younger students what they have learned. CAARS Madrichol are compensated with either an hourly wage or community service hours.
Our Madrichol learn how to build relationships, to care for students in need, to teach, and more.
- Prepare and teach lessons
- Serve as a positive role model, model Jewish values in the classroom
- Lead small group activities and discussions
- Assist students in need and/or Tutor students in Hebrew (1-on-1)
- Read stories, play games, and review classroom material
- Provide a safe and loving environment for every student
- Make it “cool” to be Jewish
- Bring a sense of ruach (spirit) to the classroom and our community
The requirements of our Madrichol program:
- Being enrolled in and participating in your grade at jtx.
(Learn more about jtx – our new joint teen high school program – here)
- Being responsible for working on Sunday mornings with Judaics and/or Tuesday afternoons with Hebrew
Madrichol in the Virtual Classroom:
- Lead breakout groups
- Create materials for class (slide show, video, games like Kahoot, etc.)
- Read books to students
- Moderate the Zoom classroom (chat, etc.)
We also have positions for madrichol that are not “in classroom” positions:
1. Social Media helps to create and post family activities and other engagement on our social media channels
2. Story Time creates videos or other media of Jewish storybooks to share with the CAARS community
3. Tefillah leader works with the Rabbis and Ben Saffer to help lead engaging and meaningful tefillah for our students.
4. We encourage teens to share with us other roles they think they can help us fill.
MIT (Madrichol In Training)
MIT’s are our 8th grade participants who are learning and training to become Madrichol at CAARS. We are providing everything teens need to be successful in this important role. Madrichol learn how to model Jewish values, lead small groups, facilitate games, communicate with students, aid in classroom management, write lesson plans and incorporate Jewish topics. In the classroom, MITs implement what they’ve learned with the support of a supervising teacher and at least one older, experienced madrichol.