Teen Learning Project (TLP) Registration Form
TLP is a new learning program designed for post-B'nai Mitzvah students.
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TLP is proudly organized by Beth Tzedec Congregation and Kehilat Shalom Calgary, with the support of the Calgary Jewish Federation.
What is TLP?
For a city that has such an active and involved Jewish community as Calgary, it is crazy that there is not a learning opportunity for post-B'nai Mitzvah and/or post-Jewish Day School teens. Enter TLP.
TLP aims to provide participants with a deep, meaningful, relevant relationship to Jewish wisdom through guided exploration of classic Jewish texts, in dialogue with contemporary sources of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and social criticism.
Though our learning will be text-based, the exploration itself will be quite active, both mentally through intense discussion and debate, as well as physically through interactive games and activities.
There are no specific content goals or any ideological bent to TLP. All of our learning is based around two basic principles:
One, as teens, participants have an opportunity/responsibility to both appreciate and think critically about the world around them, and two: the texts we will be learning during sessions can provide valuable and at times counter-intuitive insights to help them along in this thinking.
Times of sessions
TLP sessions are held every other week on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM.
Dates of sessions
The full list of dates for the year is as follows:
1. October 4th
2. October 18th
3. November 1st
4. November 15th
5. November 29th (Special Hanukkah program, open to larger teen audience)
6. December 13th
7. January 10th
8. January 24th
9. February 7th
10. February 28th (Skipping over February 21st due to Family Day/long weekend)
11. March 14th
12. March 28th
13. April 11th
14. April 25th
15. May 9th
16. May 30th (Skipping over May 23rd due to Victoria Day)
17. June 13th
Our opening TLP session on October 4th will be held at Beth Tzedec. We will be outside if the weather allows, or in our lower level lounge.
Location of future sessions will either be at Beth Tzedec or the JCC. We will communicate this information to participants and their families before future sessions.
Beth Tzedec and Kehilat Shalom are covering the cost of participation in TLP for teens in families that are members of either of these organizations.
The price for teens from outside either of these main partner organizations is $180 for the year. However! For a limited time, we are offering a "Bring a Friend" price. Signing up with a friend or sibling brings the price for both registrants down to $200 total. ($100 each registrant.) To take advantage of this offer, simply email Jonah at
or Rabbi Leonard at
with your name and the name of your friend, following registration, and let us know you would both like the "Bring a Friend" price.
A representative from the Beth Tzedec office will reach out to families in this latter category following their registration in order to collect payment.
Teacher bio: Jonah Potasznik. Jonah grew up in the Washington, DC area, learned in Jerusalem for 3 years, and now is proud to call beautiful Calgary, Alberta his home. When working, Jonah splits his time between teaching Judaics and technology at the Calgary Jewish Academy, and educating/community organizing at Beth Tzedec. In other words, his real office is the parking lot between both buildings! When not working, Jonah can be found playing banjo, throwing around the frisbee, or reading big books with lots of deep thoughts he only bought to impress his friends.
Teacher bio: Rabbi Leonard Cohen is the rabbi of Kehilat Shalom Calgary. He joined the congregation in 2014, and became its rabbi upon ordination from Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk in 2016. His service as rabbi builds upon twenty prior years of clergy and management experience in Montreal and Calgary. Rabbi Cohen recently completed his Bachelor of Education from University of Calgary, and teaches and tutors all subjects. When he's not rabbi-ing, you might find him hanging out with his family & getting mauled by their two cats, cooking up stuff in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or out scootering, rollerblading or cross-country skiing.
We've done our best to explain, but maybe we missed something! If you have a question, write it below before moving on to the next section.
Interested, but want to know more before committing?
Reach out to Jonah at
or 514-561-7232, or to Rabbi Leonard at
or 403-850-0106. They'll be happy to convince you that this is a good idea! (Just kidding... we'll have an honest conversation about whether this program will work for you.)
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