Ella’s Service Reflection on A-TEEM

This was my third year being apart of my temple’s high school organization (called the A-TEEM). A-TEEM stands for Assistant Temple Emanu-El Madrichim (Leaders). This is mainly for previous students of the religious school who are now in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Our main jobs are to deliver snack (apple juice and pretzels usually) to the classrooms, helping deliver notes to the teachers, creating lesson plans and giving presentations, helping out around the temple community, and teaching lessons to 3rd-5th graders. My favorite part of this is probably being able to teach lessons to the 3rd-5th graders. What happens is, we get a quote for the year and teach lesson plans (given to us) throughout the year based on the quote. There are three quotes used and they are repeated in a cycle. The quote/question(s) I taught this year were from Pirkei Avot, a 2,000 year old book of Jewish wisdom, not found in the torah. It says, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?”. With the exception of some special holiday lesson plans (Passover, Hanukkah, Yum Kippur…), we taught lessons about this quote for the whole year. I also love the program because I get to see my friends and work together with them.