Congregation Beth Israel prides itself on creating a dynamic and meaningful youth culture. Thanks to our children, parents, and staff, we have a wide range of groups and activities for every age and interest, from social to religious, to cultural and athletic, community service and summer internships, to name a few. Many activities are geared for the entire family to get involved. Each is designed to provide opportunities for our youth to meet, make close friendships, and interact in a positive Jewish environment. The more you get involved, the more you’ll get out of it, and the more it will help create a dynamic and fun community and congregational family for us all. Have an idea for something fun or new? Let Rabbi Foster know!

Youth Groups

We have one for every age! See what’s new and available for you!

BIFTY- (Beth Israel Federation of Temple Youth)
BIFTY is our congregation’s High School Youth Group, which is comprised of many of our madrichim from the
Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center.

JYG- Beth Israel’s Junior Youth Group is created special for out 7th graders. As we move through this very special year we honor our 7th graders and their parents with special programs and dinners. Check out the calendar to see upcoming events for our 7th graders!


Madrichim — Open to 8th-12th graders, our Madrichim program is our teen leadership program. Being a part of #TeamMadrichim enables our teens to learn and grow as they nurture the next generations of MBJLC students. The Madrich or Madrichah is compensated with either an hourly wage or community service hours.  Continue reading on our Madrichim page here…

For more information, please contact Rabbi Chase Foster. or visit our Madrichim page here.


Family Shabbat – On one Friday night each month, families with children in 5 th grade and below are invited to our Family Shabbat service at 6 pm. Each month features a theme and service led by our clergy, followed by dinner, discussion, and youth programming. Check out the calendar for next month’s Family Shabbat!

Shabbat Shindig – Quarterly throughout the year on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am we offer Shabbat Shindig for families with young children ages 6 and below. Come together for a brief service with our clergy, followed by bagels and lox, and playtime outside. A great way to meet other young families in the congregation! Check out the calendar for our next Shabbat Shindig!

The Hurricane Harvey Flood Fund

Hurricane Harvey left Houston and surrounding areas in a shambles, but the great people of Houston are banding together to help and heal. Your help is welcome and needed. You may send Gift Cards (Kroger, Target, HEB, Lowe’s, or Visa/Mastercard, etc.) to Congregation Beth Israel. They will be immediately distributed to area neighbors to assist in replacing essential items and children’s school supplies.

You may also Donate directly to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here. All funds will go directly to aid those who need immediate help. These funds will NOT be held to be allocated later. On behalf of our clergy (Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Rabbi Chase Foster, and Cantor Trompeter), David Scott, Executive Director, and Bruce Levy, Temple President, we are very grateful for your kindness, generosity, and help.

Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.

Rabbi David Lyon

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