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Youth engagement

 

Page updated 7/16/2021

Youth Engagement at Temple Beth Shalom builds on our core value of community. Starting with our youngest school-aged kids and continuing through high school graduation, we provide complementary social activities to their religious education.

We want our youth to feel connected to our temple home, one another, and the community at large. We offer several programs throughout the year, based on the child’s grade. We like to offer some events for just kids and some events where parents can join in on the fun. Family events include Shabbat in the Hood and temple celebrations such as Hanukkah and Purim.

Each quarter, Temple Beth Shalom offers a Parent’s Night Out. These are social events for kids in K-7th grade. The great part is you can drop your kids off in one place, and enjoy a night out on your own. We split the kids by grade groups: K-2, 3-5, and 6-7. Each grade group has fun, engaging, and age-appropriate activities. Kids get to bond with one another, as well as teachers from Religious School, who chaperone events.

Our post-b’nai mitzvah teens (8th-12th grade) also participate in meaningful engagement beyond their early education.  Our Madrichim program allows teens to work in Sunday and in Hebrew classes as teacher aides. Teens gain real-world work experience, serve as role models to younger students and lead activities where they feel comfortable. Teens can choose monetary stipends or community service. In addition to being a mitzvah to work in a classroom, it looks great on college applications and job resumes.

Temple Beth Shalom teens participate in a variety of extracurricular activities throughout the year. This includes teen-specific programming at temple-wide events, chaperoning Parent’s Night Out,  as well as social meet-ups throughout the year.

Post-b’nai mitzvah teens also have the option to join national youth groups, with local chapters. For more information, see BBYO and NFTY.

For more information about our youth engagement, please contact us.

Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782