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. 

For information on Congregation Beth Israel Camp Scholarship Fund, please contact Assistant Director Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center Kerri Zerlin or click here to download the 2021 application

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 for 3rd – 6th graders. Through fun activities and events, children will engage in exciting and innovative social programming while connecting with their Jewish values and community. Check out the calendar for upcoming events or contact Assistant Director Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center, Kerri Zerlin.


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.

For more information, please contact visit our Madrichim page here.


Youth Programming 1

Family Shabbat – On one Friday night each month, families with school-aged children are invited to our Family Shabbat service at 6 pm. Each month features a theme and service led by Mike Mason, followed by dinner, and a family-friendly craft or activity. Check out the calendar for next month’s Family Shabbat!

Tot Shabbat– Once a month on Saturday mornings at 10:00 A.M., we offer Shabbat Playdare for families with young children ages 6 and below. Come together for a brief service with our clergy, followed by a child-friendly light breakfast, and age-appropriate craft or activity. A great way to meet other young families in the congregation! Check out the calendar for our next Shabbat Playdate!