• Welcome!

    Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open to all teens in grades 8-12. Below you will see all the options you can currently register for, and you may select all three, or just one. Registration for the Serice Trip will open up at a later date.

    Tuition is $72 for the year, regardless of how many tracks you choose to participate in.

    How does J-LOFT work?

    The main program meets one Sunday evening a month, each time at a different location (all within the MetroWest area) for roughly 2 hours, which include:

    - Full group activity: these could include art, cooking or theater workshops with Jewish themes, intriguing guest speakers, and more!

    - Dinner

    - Concurrent tracks: vary each semester.

    A couple of additional tracks - L'Taken and Jewish Sci-Fi meet on different days, as described below.

  • 2022-23 Program Schedule

  • Sunday program-wide meetings

    Open for teens in grades 8-12
  • Date Location Time Main Activity Tracks
    October 30 Or Atid 3:30-6:00pm Nature Hike Jews and Comedy
    Who Wrote the Torah?
    November 13 Beth El 5:30-7:30pm FreshFlix Competition Jews and Comedy
    Who Wrote the Torah?
    December 4 Beth Am 5:30-7:30pm Jewish Call to Climate Action Jews and Comedy
    Who Wrote the Torah?
    January 15 Beth Am 1:00-4:00pm MLK Day of Service
    February 4 Kerem Shalom 5:30-7:30pm Pamela Rae Schuler Comedy Show

    Jews and Comedy
    Israeli Culture

    March 19 Or Atid 5:30-7:30pm Afro-Semitic Experience Jews and Comedy
    Israeli Culture

    May 7 Beth El 5:30-7:30pm Lag Ba'omer Year-End Event
  • Tracks taking place outside the Sunday meetings:

  • Jewish Sci-Fi: The Mystery of the Golem
    Open to teens in grades 8-12

    Date Location Time
    February 27 Beth El 6:00-7:30pm
    March 13 Beth El 6:00-7:30pm
    April 3 Beth El 6:00-7:30pm
    April 24 Beth El 6:00-7:30pm
    May 1 Beth El 6:00-7:30pm
  • L'Taken Social Justice Seminar
    Open to teens in grades 9-12

    Date Location Time
    October 12 B'nai Torah 6:00-8:00pm
    October 26 B'nai Torah 6:00-8:00pm
    November 2 B'nai Torah 6:00-8:00pm
    November 16 B'nai Torah 6:00-8:00pm
    November 30 B'nai Torah 6:00-8:00pm
    December 7 B'nai Torah 6:00-8:00pm
    December 9-12 Washington D.C
  • Track Descriptions

  • - Jewish Schi-Fi
    The Mystery of the Golem
    Open for teens in grades 8-12
    With Rabbi Josh Breindel

    The Golem is a creature of mystery and deep power. Made from the clay and animated by divine power, the Golem obeys its creator…but often at a terrible price. From Rabbinic legends to medieval magic, from early silent movies to modern films, we’ll explore how this dynamic figure continues to shape Jewish (and Western) art and stories.

  • Service Trip to New Orleans
    Open for teens in grades 8-12

    Join us for a week long trip to New Orleans over spring break 2023, when we will partner up with Volunteer Ventures of MA and Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, and work in fixing and repairing homes that were damaged in recent storms that have severly affected the area.

  • A Musical Tour of Israel Through MP3s and MTV
    Open for teens in grades 8-12
    With Rabbi Louis Polisson and Rabbi Sam Pollak

    Join Rabbi Sam Pollak and Rabbi Louis Polisson as we listen to, learn about, discuss, and debate the best Israeli music from 1948 through today! We'll enjoy recordings, music videos, check out lyrics in English translation, and maybe even learn a few Hebrew words along the way.

  • Jews and Comedy

    Open for teens in grades 8-12
    With Rabbi Allison Poirier

    Not to lean into a stereotype, but why are Jews so funny?! We’ll watch a few of our greatest comedians, from classics to modern stars, and discuss how the Jews got such a funny bone!

  • L'Taken Social Justice Seminar
    Open for teens in grades 9-12
    With Rabbi Lisa Eiduson

    Students participating in our Social Justice Track will spend 6 sessions learning about social justice issues through a Jewish lens, and will be eligibale to travel with J-LOFT to a national seminar in Washington D.C., hosted by the Religious Action Center.

    The 6-session series will meet on Wednesday nights, 6-8pm (dinner included), at Congregation B'nai Torah in Sudbury, and will be led by Rabbi Lisa Eiduson.

  • ?Big Questions: Who Wrote the Torah
    Open for teens in grades 8-12
    With Rabbi Sam Blumberg

    Was it God? People? A divinely-inspired combination of God and people? Something else entirely? In this track led by Rabbi Blumberg, we will learn about various Jewish approaches to the authorship of the Torah, and we will explore how our own personal answer to this question affects our relationship to Judaism.

  • Personal Infornation

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