In an increasingly connected world, Jewish youth are finding synagogue Judaism to be a relevant place to begin developing a philosophy on life. Beth Emet Synagogue’s Youth Programs provide dynamic and engaging opportunities that have grown over the past eight years to provide developmentally appropriate, impactful, and transformative programs for young people in grades four through 12. With over 13 discrete programs, a fulltime Director of Youth Programs, and the participation of over 55% of its high school aged teens in the 2013-2014 programming year, Beth Emet is at the cutting edge of youth programming in synagogue life.
Our overall philosophy is clear: To facilitate programs that inspire authentic engagement with Judaism and Jewish practice, to build the skills for leadership and social change, and to provide a safe and responsive program that meets students where they are in their lives and helps them to grow as Jews and thoughtful people. At Beth Emet we recognize that strong programs are the cornerstone of teen engagement and have spent nearly a decade building developmentally appropriate, responsive, programs that speak to the lives of teens. Recognizing that one-size-fits-all is not appropriate for adolescents, we have developed a number of ‘portals for entry,’ including engaging Torah study, writing workshops, Jewish meditation, social activities, leadership training, and more.