The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

Hope for the Future

Posted in Uncategorized by Juliet on October 1, 2012

The oldest youth group kids at Adat Shalom are in TASTY: Temple Adat Shalom Teen Youth.

Eva is now in “Junior TASTY” and she just got her sweatshirt, which is THE coolest and most comfortable item ever. Seriously. We are fighting over it because it’s so great. It has a TASTY logo on the back with “TASTY in 2015” embroidered on the front.

At the High Holidays, Eva went to the youth-led service. I popped in to check it out and was very inspired by what I saw. I was just so very impressed by these self-confident, poised young leaders. Truly, they give me hope for the future.

The TASTY kids planned out and ran the service, outside in the courtyard (there’s a smaller ark with Torah scroll that they can roll out there.) They had a kid playing guitar for musical accompaniment and the kids shared the duties of readings and leading the service.

Most of the TASTY kids had participatory roles so the “audience” of the service were younger kids who looked mostly to be middle school age. They participated, albeit a little bit shyly.

They did something really cool. They had clotheslines hung up where kids had written little notes about things they did in the previous year that they wished they hadn’t done, or to ask forgiveness for. But then they also could just write about anything about the past year or for the upcoming year…hopes, wishes, aspirations, reflections.

I liked walking through and reading some of them. Some were funny (“I’m hungry. #Yom Kippur.”) Some were poignant (“Wish for less crime at my high school.”) Some were very personal and probably pretty universal to the teen experience. (“Less emphasis on grades. Please?”)

My confidence in the upcoming generation is restored.