Makom High School – Teens Doing Jewish

Makom is the place for teen engagement at TBS. The word Makom in Hebrew means place. Through our various offerings you and your teens can choose a path that is suited to the needs of your child and to their interests. Don’t see anything that sparks your attention? Let us know! We can create it! This is the place for teens to take ownership of their Jewish journey and to explore their own connections to our tradition, to each other, to TBS, to the Jewish community and the world at large.

Register for Makom by logging into your Shulcloud account or calling the Religious School Office at (516) 621-2288 ext.118 or 119. Be sure to secure your spot!

Makom High School’s 3 Pathways to Learning Experiences


  1. Limud-Torah Study – Hebrew HS Institute (Monday Evenings)
  2. ACTIV8! – Community Service Programs (Sunday Morning or Monday Evening)
  3. Madrichim Program – Teacher’s Aide’s Volunteers (Sunday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon or Thursday Afternoon)

Pricing: (By registering for Limud-Torah Study you are eligible to participate in all of the programs below.)

Limud-Torah Study (TBS Member) Grades 8 – 12: $500
Limud-Torah Study (TBS Non-Member) Grades 8 – 12: $650
Activ8! (TBS Member) Grades 8 – 12: $100
Activ8! (TBS Non-Member) Grades 8 – 12: $100
Madrichim Program (TBS Member) Grades 8 – 12: $100
Madrichim Program (TBS Non-Member) Grades 8 – 12: $180

Please Note:  Additional $100 Security Fee per non-member family subject to increase as determined by the TBS Board.
(Non-members only. Members are charged a $450 security fee with their dues)

Our Philosophy

Makom – “the place” for teens to forge their own identity.

The philosophy of Makom Hebrew High School is “a place for teens to explore their Judaism in different ways and by different experiences”.

At TBS, the continuation of the journey from Religious School can be found in the Makom Hebrew High School.  Makom Hebrew High School is a higher level of learning which is comprised of three different experiences to choose from.  There is a study (Limud) component, a hands on social action and community service (ACTIV8!) component and a student aide in the Religious School classrooms and office aide (madrichim) component.

The classes led in the Machon Beth Sholom Institute provide a solid foundation in the philosophy, ethics and values of Jewish living.  It is an incredible opportunity to forge a close relationship with our clergy, Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon and Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal and our incredible staff, Chaim Moskowitz.

These Limud class sessions morph into ACTIV8! offering hands on social action and community involvement led by our talented facilitator, Silvia Kogan.

Madrichim training (working as a teacher aide in the Religious School) brings a more precise and focused involvement into our own religious school community.  The teens serve as assistants to the Religious School teachers and as young role models to our students.  We have monthly training sessions for our Madrichim ranging from child development to CPR training.  This program is facilitated by our Educational Director – Community Engagement & Development, Sharon Solomon.

There is something for everyone in Makom Hebrew High School, whether it is Torah discussions or social action or becoming a madrich – it’s up to you to choose your Jewish path…

For more information you may contact Sharon Solomon for LIMUD Study Component or MADRICHIM Teacher’s Aide at Sharon Solomon

For ACTIV8! information you may contact Silvia Kogan

TBS Makom Teen Youth Group

The TBS Makom Teen Youth Group strives to create a safe space for Jewish teens enabling them to strengthen their Jewish identity while exploring the world in an informal and relaxed setting through a Jewish lens. Its goal is also to foster and nurture social bonds among all the members.

Youth Group activities focus primarily on social outings and events with some of these events occasionally designed with the purpose to engage them in tikkun olam (repairing the world) and social action.

Our Youth Group leader, Amy Gortler, along with the youth board helps facilitate all the events that are planned.

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TBS Makom Teen Advocacy

Together with our teen advocates, we aim to create a safe space for teens to delve into challenging topics while exploring their Jewish identities. We work to insure and equip our teens with the tools and knowledge to be able to identify and confront barriers and challenges before them in the world at large. Our focus is to partner with them and to advocate to drive change and help them to learn where and how they can be more involved in creating a just world.

We focus on relevant issues that are important to the teens, assist them in discussing these issues and enable them to become pro-active and better informed in the hot topics that will allow them to grow into the responsible adults they are destined to become.

The Makom Teen Advocacy facilitator is Sharon Solomon, Director of Education – Community Engagement along with members of our Teen Advocacy Board and parent liaison.

Parent Liaison: Jillian Per

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Contact: Sharon Solomon
(516) 621-2288 ext 118 & 119