Our New Innovative Program: Beit OSTY

The ARS high school program (grades 8-12) challenges students to take an active and participatory role in their Jewish education. The courses and electives, along with other aspects of the program, encourage critical thinking and leadership skills stressing that a commitment to Judaism does not end when we leave the classroom. Students explore traditional texts, history, Israel, philosophy, literature, Hebrew and the arts, engage in social justice activities, volunteer, get together for social programs, and more.

Beit OSTY is a series of options that teens can opt in to; each teen can pick and choose options that interest them. Each option will give teens a certain number of credits. Credits are earned toward the final result of Confirmation; Confirmation occurs when teenagers achieve it–it will no longer be automatically in the 10th grade (in fact, we expect it to end up being part of the 12th grade curriculum).

Most of the high school program will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Limmud/study, social action programs, OSTY social events, and OSTY EPC–and dinner, of course!), but TELEM will meet on Wednesday evenings as per the request of our volunteer site.

Credit options currently include:

  • Limmud (study) classes
  • Social action opportunities
    • Monthly Beit OSTY Mitzvah night
    • TOS opportunities: Mitzvah day, Family Mitzvah Team, etc)
  • Volunteering at TOS
    • being a madrich(teaching assistant) in TCEE/ARS/HomeBASE
    • volunteering options (shul-ins, Purim Carnival, Winter Hoopla, Shabbat B’yachad
  • TELEM Social Justice Program (volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester) in partnership with Kehillath Israel and other local synagogues
  • OSTY events
    • Monthly Beit OSTY program
    • NFTY-NE Conclavette, NFTY-NE Institute, camp or NFTY summer programs
    • Social events
  • OSTY EPC (Event Planning Committee) participation
  • Rosh Hodesh group participation
  • Attendance at Jewish programs outside of the TOS walls: Prozdor, Temple Israel’s High School Program, Israel trips, experience trips, independent study with the clergy/educators, etc.
  • Insert your ideas here!

Program Highlights

See old friends and make new ones…
Engage in trips and retreats to New Hampshire, New York City and Washington D.C…
Share your thoughts with other teens and our inspiring teachers…
Enjoy dinner and “hang out time…”
Serve as madrichim or aide in our Religious School and youth group programs …

More information about TELEMStudentsReading

TELEM is a major initiative to promote social justice among Jewish youth in the Greater Boston area, integrating community service with learning, reflection, and opportunities to effect real change. The goal of this initiative is to make Jewish service learning a transformational rite of passage for Jewish youth in Boston. Ultimately, we hope that this experience fosters a lifelong understanding of the importance of volunteerism and activism that will be integrally connected with our students’ Jewish identity.

Ohabei Shalom partners with the Dorchester Boys and Girls club where our teens participate in weekly literacy training and tutoring.


Confirmation Preparation