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ARK Interns

building the next generation of out-of-the-box Jews


ARK internships empower teens to continue on the path of making Judaism meaningful in their lives, while gathering skills to become leaders in the Jewish community.

ARK interns are assigned to an Adventure Rabbi Kids class and work under the supervision of either Elaine Barenblat or Emily Norman. Interns are an integral part of the ARK community. The students become attached to the teens and the teachers depend on them. Therefore, interns are expected to attend all of the sessions and are responsible for finding a substitute when they cannot attend.

ARK interns support each other as they take on increasingly greater levels of responsibility for themselves and others. The teenage years are tough; ARK internships gives students an oasis, a place where they can shine and help others shine.

Elaine and Emily empower the interns to help lead the group and engage the children. They interact closely with the children, making sure that each child feels safe and included in the Adventure Rabbi Kids experience.

  • Close-knit cohort of 4-6 participants
  • Mandatory orientation/ training
    Internships in Adventure Rabbi Kids classes
  • Leadership Opportunities on Adventure Rabbi Retreats

Who is invited? Participants are selected from our Bar and Bat Mitzvah program graduates. Interested students must reach out to Elaine before the summer and express their interest.

Selected students generally are:

  • Responsible: We select interns who showed up consistently, on time and with the correct gear. The students we invite turned in quality homework, by the due date, without a lot of badgering from our staff. Students who take responsibility for themselves are ready to handle the responsibility of caring for others in Adventure Rabbi Kids.
  • Enthusiastic: Enthusiasm is contagious! Students who are excited about their own Adventure Rabbi experience will share that with students in Adventure Rabbi Kids.
  • Compassion and Kind: Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah class provides many opportunity for students to step up to the plate and help each other. Our interns displayed compassion in situations such as helping a more introverted student enter the conversation, hanging back with a slower hiker and listening respectfully to classmates and teachers.
  • Commitment to Community: We try to select students who either on their own or with their families are likely candidates to be ongoing participants of our community.

    Fee: There is no fee for this program, although participants must be members of our congregation for their entire internship. More information about membership is here >>



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    Other Opportunities for Adventure Kids:

    Learn Hebrew
    via Skype or in Boulder
    Private Hebrew Tutoring

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    Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah
    Individual or Group
    Local or Distance Learning
    Hebrew or Non-Hebrew options
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