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Mabat: The Teen Leadership Fellowship at CSAIR

We are excited to share an exciting opportunity for CSAIR teens in grades 9-12.

Many teens are searching for tools to help navigate their experience of political polarization, the demonization of those on “the other side” and the amplifying effects of social media.  While there has always been the need to navigate the tension between forming an individual identity and the need for social belonging, this tension has been pushed into overdrive for today’s teens.

To navigate these challenges and help them prepare for college and beyond, we are launching a new program called Mabat: The Teen Leadership Fellowship at CSAIR.


Our Jewish tradition includes approaches such as mahloket l’shem shamayim (arguments for the sake of heaven) to model constructive disagreement.  This is not a way to avoid conflict; but a method to engage in disagreement that pursues truth, understanding, and growth while developing and maintaining personal relationships.    

Based on this approach to the study of Jewish text, and incorporating contemporary voices and modes of social and emotional learning, Teen Fellows will explore how to:

  • Identify different types of disagreements 

  • Determine when and how to engage in arguments

  • Argue strongly, passionately, and constructively while preserving and deepening personal relationships

  • Explore our opposing views on important political, moral, and ethical issues

  • Recognize the underlying values, perspectives and interests expressed on multiple sides of divisive issues  

All CSAIR Teens in 9-12 grade are invited to register.  Participants will meet for 6 Wednesday evening sessions* facilitated by Mason Voit with Rabbi Katz and special guests.  Upon successful completion of the sessions, participants will receive a $100 stipend.  

For any questions please contact Mason Voit at

Sessions are from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm on the following Wednesday evenings below.  Dinner is included.
- March 9
- March 23
- March 30
- April 6
- April 13 
- April 27

This project is funded from a grant awarded from Mason Voit’s participation in the first cohort of the Pardes Senior Educator Learning Fellowship and is based on the Pardes Mahloket Matters curriculum.  

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783