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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!
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!
MORE WAYS FOR YOUR YOUTH TO GET INVOLVED!
Madrichim — Open to 8th-12th graders, our Madrichim program is our teen leadership program. Madrich translates as “guide,” and we encourage the teens who serve as Madrichim (the plural of Madrich) to view themselves as guiding our students on their Jewish journeys. Being a part of #TeamMadrichim enables our teens to learn and grow as they nurture the next generations of MBJLC students. Because of the effort and care of our Madrichim, MBJLC students become curious about their faith and find a place where they feel comfortable being Jewish.
Our Madrichim learn how to build relationships, to care for students in need, to teach, and more. Depending on the class and teacher, they assist with assignments, teach classroom lessons, lead activities, read stories, engage students who need help, and whatever else the teacher may need. The Madrich or Madrichah is compensated with either an hourly wage or community service hours.
For more information, please contact Rabbi Chase Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!