Chasamba strives to cultivate a supportive, fun community that merges Jewish values with the increasing social exploration of 6th-8th graders. Named after an Israeli children’s series, Chasamba provides middle school-age youth an opportunity for an exciting, semi-structured social space that meets students at one of their greatest periods of change and growth--the pre-teen and early teen years.
Once each month, the Chasamba youth group meets either at the synagogue or heads on a field trip off-site. Chasamba events are carefully planned by Youth Programs staff with the input of a self-selecting group of Chasamba youth leaders. All Chasamba participants are encouraged to join the leadership board to build their leadership skills and to ensure our schedule includes a range of events that appeal to everyone. Typical events integrate social time, Jewish experiences, and social action initiatives -- some events may center upon an upcoming holiday, while others may just be for fun. Most importantly, Chasamba builds a strong Jewish community among middle-schoolers as a launch-pad for lifelong friendships.