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 decade to provide developmentally appropriate, impactful, and transformative programs for young people in grades four through twelve. With more than12 discrete programs, and a full-time Director of Youth Programs, 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 and teens where they are in their lives and helps them to grow as Jews and thoughtful people.
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, music, and experiential trips. This year, we are adapting our programs to be socially distanced and safe when possible, and interactive and virtual when appropriate. We know that continuous engagement in safe spaces is critical for teens during this pandemic.