Mitzvah Masters

8th - 11th grade

Kehillat Israel is very excited to introduce our MITZVAH MASTERS program for teenagers who are post B’nai Mitzvah. Our goal is to engage 8th - 11th graders in an aspirational program with a curriculum that allows maximum flexibility while encouraging lifelong Jewish learning and social action.

Each teenager will have an on-line transcript that tracks points earned for the various activities. The curriculum involves social action, teen centered Torah study, working with our community, and travel with Jewish groups or Jewish programs.

Community service credits are available if accepted by secular schools, and Mitzvah Masters candidates will receive glowing recommendations from our clergy for any future endeavors. Successful candidates for the Mitzvah Masters will be recognized by our clergy in front of the entire congregation on Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing

7th - 9th grade

Dates: Contact group leaders for specific dates.

Each month, teen girls in this program come together to experience a special evening with their girlfriends and positive female role models. In honor of the new moon, these girls will be introduced to sacred and timeless Jewish rituals and activities (including art, drama and creative writing) which will help them process the things going on in their own lives. We will explore body image, friendships, relationships, competition, family challenges and stress. 


8th-11th grade

Join us as we go out into the community to participate in learning and action projects. During each session students will learn about the challenges facing our community and will actually engage in volunteer work to make a difference. Twenty hours of community service will be given for participation in this program.

KI Tzedakah Teens (KITT)

8th-12th grade

KITT is a teen philanthropy program comprised of teens who are inspired to learn about challenging social issues from a Jewish perspective. Teens will be given the opportunity to decide how to responsibly give up to $20,000 to organizations that they determine are most effective in making the world a better place. Admission to KITT is by application.

Washington DC Social Action Trip

8th-12th grade

February 13 – 17, 2014

This year, we will go to Washington DC for a long weekend of social action, political engagement, and an introduction to community organizing.
Join your peers from Wilshire Boulevard Temple on what will be a memorable and impactful experience. Twenty hours of community-service credit will be given for participating in this trip.


Second semester 8th-12th grade 

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Through BBYO, teens can choose to socialize with friends, lead our Palisades Chapter, volunteer in the community, attend national and international conferences, join a BBYO sports league, learn more about Jewish culture and so much more! Volunteer advisors and staff members are there to offer encouragement and support. Payment for BBYO enrollment must be made separately from the KI Registration fees. Please bring your registration payment, made out to BBYO, to the Jewish Experience Center office, or sign up online at

Pre-Madrihim Training

8th-11th grade

Pre-Madrihim Training (8th-11th grade) Learn how to be a role model, develop your leadership skills and make a difference. This training is required for all students who want to be madrihim (teen assistants) for the first time during the following school year (2014 - 2015).

Madrihim Program

9th-12th grade

Days and times depend on particular program.

Teens who are part of the Madrihim program assist in Jewish Experience Workshops, the Outdoor Jewish Experience, 3G, Yahad 45 and Haverim. Ongoing supervision and training in leadership, classroom management and child development are part of the program. Teens may earn a stipend or community service credit. Acceptance into the program is by application and interview.

City-Wide Retreat

8th-12th grade

Join with students from Leo Baeck Temple, The Santa Monica Synagogue, Wilshire Boulevard Temple and Stephen S. Wise for a weekend of fun at Camp Hess-Kramer in Malibu. This weekend will be planned and led by staff from all five synagogues. This is a great opportunity to spend time with friends from school who belong to these other synagogues, as well as a chance to meet new friends.


10th grade 

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.

In confirmation, students and clergy wrestle with issues which resonate in their lives – “What is God?” “What does Judaism have to say about current issues?” “What role does Israel play in today’s world?” Confirmation is an opportunity for students to discuss real issues while learning wisdom and insights from Jewish tradition. Dinner is included.

Anne Frank:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”