Field trips, writing workshops, meditation, music, leadership training, Torah study, and of course the chance to hang out with friends are just a few things that give Beth Emet’s younger generation a chance to engage with our community.
Beth Emet’s Garinim (seeds) youth group activities for 4th and 5th Grade provide an engaging introduction to Beth Emet youth group culture.
Over the course of four to six events per year, participants begin to build social relationships within a distinctively Jewish. Youth Programs staff provide age-appropriate, thoughtfully planned activities that encourage pride in our synagogue community, a Jewish social experience, and lots of fun.
Chasamba strives to cultivate a supportive and fun social community that bridges Jewish values with this age group’s increasing social exploration. Named after a popular Israeli children series (an acronym translated to “The Absolutely Absolute Secret Group”), Chasamba provides middle school-age youth an opportunity for a fun, semi-structured social space that meets students at one of their greatest period of change and growth–the pre-teen and early teen years.
Chasamba events run monthly and act as a bridge between Garinim’s structured social programming, and youth-driven, holistic programs for middle and high school students. Events are carefully planned by Youth Programs staff who work with Chasamba-aged youth leaders to build the capacity of leadership and to provide age-appropriate and fun activities. Typical events integrate social time, Jewish experiences, and social action initiatives.
Most importantly, Chasamba builds a strong community among participants, creating a launchpad for lifelong relationships. Participation not only leads to relationships that last a lifetime but also builds a strong affiliation with Beth Emet that carries on through high school and beyond.
BESSY is our highly active, peer-led youth group for high school students. Through monthly, teen-planned events, BESSY provides a Jewish social space and a platform to engage Jewishly with social action and justice.