Contact: Elizabeth Bloch

Director of Congregational Learning

732-356-8777 ext. 103

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Area Jewish Teens Invited to Temple Har Shalom’s Newly Expanded Machon Hebrew High School

2 Programs Offer Post B’nai Mitzvah Education and Social Action Opportunities

Warren, N.J., August 8, 2016 — Temple Har Shalom’s Machon Hebrew High program, the largest of its kind in Somerset County, is expanding. Currently serving 100 students in grades 8 through 12, Temple Har Shalom now invites young adults affiliated with sister congregations to enroll in its popular Wednesday evening classes or Sunday morning programming.

Machon opens its doors to students whose synagogues do not offer education options for their age group. The program is for students who wish to extend their Jewish education after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah and it encourages the Jewish values of community, lifelong learning, and volunteerism. Two options are currently offered:

Program 1:

For students entering 8th-12th grades:

  • Each Wednesday from 6:15pm-8:15pm.
  • Middot – Jewish values based classes and group dinner.

Program 2:

For students entering 8th-9th grades:

  • One Sunday a month from 11:30am-3:30pm.
  • Y’dei Kodesh - Hands of Holiness - a social action-based program which involves a study component as well as a service activity offsite.

“As Jewish people, we have the obligation to educate our own children as well as ‘the village’s’ children,” explains Elizabeth Bloch, Director of Congregational Learning. “We understand many smaller congregations may not have the resources to extend formal education past the B’nai Mitzvah milestone. We want to keep young adults involved in the Jewish community through their high school years. Students enjoy Machon for the Jewish friendships they develop, the classes they take, and the impact their volunteerism makes in the world.”

For more information or to register for October 2016 start of the Machon program, please contact Elizabeth Bloch at or 732-356-8777 ext. 103.

About Temple Har Shalom

Temple Har Shalom is an active and vibrant Reform congregation in Warren, N.J. established in 1970 on the principal of inclusion. We are a Jewish community that welcomes all, providing a sacred space where we can learn from Torah and feel inspired to improve our local community and the world at large. Led by Rabbi Randi Musnitsky and Cantor Anna Berman, Temple Har Shalom melds the rich history of Judaism with the practicalities of 21st century Jewish life and culture.

We offer innovative programming for all ages – from our Mountain Top School preschool through Hebrew High School (Machon) to adult education courses. Engaging speakers, social action opportunities and a variety of activities round out a strong and committed membership.