Teen Involvement – The Madrichim Program
at Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD
One of the critical aspects of congregational life is teen involvement. Engaging our teens and keeping them connected to Jewish life is extremely important post bar/bat mitzvah. We have many options: youth group, our Upper School Program (recently expanded to include post confirmation for 11th and 12th graders) and our Madrichim program.
Madrichim (literally guides or counselors) are teenage classroom or office assistants in our religious school. These teens provide all kinds of hands-on service and supplement our faculty in many ways. They serve as role models, one-on-one tutors, motivators, and extra pairs of hands for an art project or special event. They receive training in classroom management, gaming techniques and instructional strategies. Some Madrichim serve as shadows for students with special needs, some assist with family life education programs. Younger students look up to Madrichim as approachable role models. All of them are important members of our school community.
High school students in grades 9 through 12 have the option of working for pay after their first year of volunteering their time as part of our Madrichim program. Middle school students in 7th and 8th grades may serve as Madrichim volunteers. Those students in grades 7th and 8th will be volunteering their time and completing the one year mandatory training necessary to receive compensation starting in 9th grade. We are not able to offer any SSL hours. We remain flexible to meet the students’ needs as well as the requirements of our faculty and classrooms.
Our Madrichim are supervised by Natacha Myers and by the Director of Congregational Learning. They train the students at the beginning of the school year and periodically throughout the year, as well as on-going supervision on site. If you are interested in serving as a Madrich/a, please contact Natacha at [email protected].