BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth) 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. BESSY is a highly visible asset to Beth Emet – each year, BESSYites help organize the Purim Carnival and lead the congregation in Shabbat evening worship. BESSY events range from intimate open-mic nights to social action workshops open to the public; from seeing improv at the Second City to lock-ins at the synagogue. The relationships built in BESSY go beyond the strictly social to encourage and build the leaders not just of tomorrow but of today.
The BESSY Leadership Board is an all-teen board supported by Youth Programs staff. BESSY board meets at least once a month to plan activities; striving to recognize and fill the needs of their peers. For more information about BESSY board, please contact the director of Youth Programs.
BESSY is affiliated with NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth), a North American youth group network sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism. Teens are encouraged to participate in regional NFTY events throughout the year.