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Teen Programming


Social Programming

(Grades 7-12) There are tons of options for Teens at VBS! Participate in programs that cultivate leadership, education, Social Action and Israel advocacy. We also participate in activities such as travel, art, athletics and just plain old social fun! Membership includes all the events for the year, which take place on weekends (not including Bachutz). Past activities have included Shabbat Dinners in the Zicklin Lieberman Youth Center or family homes, Saturday night Havdalah gatherings and outings such as Escape Room, Bowling, Universal City Walk, etc., and SATO Sundays (Social Action and Volunteer Opportunities). Members and Non-Members are encouraged to participate!

VBS Members $100/Non-VBS Members $150 *One price per family, regardless of grade(s).
or participate a la carte from $5-$30 per event (prices vary)

Teen Tuesdays

(Grades 7-12) A post B'nai Mitzvah program to connect, educate and entertain teens through thought- provoking conversations, physical exercise, artistic expression and delectable treats! You do not need to be a VBS member to join. The core classes are broken up by grade level:

  • On non-AP VBS Days, Director of Youth Engagement, Camryn Kruger, leads the 11th and 12th Graders in an open discussion about hot topics for teens called "My Tribe."

VBS Members $500/Non-VBS Members $600

B’nai Mitzvah Project

(7th Graders) VBS B’nai Mitzvah students have the opportunity to work together on a Mitzvah Project under the guidance of the Youth Department and Social Action Coordinator. Individuals may choose an organization or movement and collaborate with one another on a year long project. While expanding their understanding of various social issues that plague the greater community, students exercise their creativity with their chesed values while developing skills to prepare them for high school and college, such as delegating roles and responsibilities, sharing diverse perspectives, tackling multiple complex problems, accountability, communication and time management.  Open to VBS members for $18.


(Grades 5-12) This new program is led by Nick Greene, who successfully hiked the Appalachian Trail in under 5 months in 2020. With a focus on wilderness and outdoor education through a Judaic lens, this program is for the adventurous teen looking to explore the great outdoors! This program incorporates traditions like properly building a fire, seeking water and shelter, learning conservation and protecting our environment. Participants will take day trips to local National Parks and end the year culminating in an overnight experience. (Program begins in October 2021).

VBS Members $450/Non-VBS Members $550 
This program in funded in part thanks to a grant from USCJ's Pacific Southwest Region.


(Grades 4-12) The VBS USY Chapter is proud to be a part of the Far West region of USY, spanning Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Hawaii. USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. VBS USY participates in Regional programming throughout the school year at various locations including Camp Ramah, AJU and BCI/Camp Alonim while individual chapters from synagogues throughout the Far West region host kinnusim/retreats. To learn more, visit

Membership is included in VBS Youth Membership - $100 per family/$150 non-member

Fri, January 21 2022 19 Shevat 5782