Youth Groups

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

We Welcome Director of Informal Youth Programming Brittany Silverman!

Wishing our fantastic Director of Informal Youth Programming, Liza Fishman, a wonderful next step in her life’s journey as she moves to Washington, D.C. this summer! And thrilled to announce that our terrific Coordinator of Youth Programming, Brittany Silverman, has agreed to step into this bigger job beginning July 1. So she will be working with the 3 youth groups covering grades 3 through 12 as our new Director of Informal Youth Programming.

We have been, and continue to be, very fortunate that these two fine leaders, who grew up in our congregation, lend their talents to our youth.

YOUTH GROUP MEMBERSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE – JOIN NOW and BE PART OF THE FUN. 
CLICK HERE! (fill out on your computer, then save and email to [email protected]
or mail/fax/hand deliver to the synagogue office)

Congratulations to the Newly-Elected BHSSTY 2017-2018 Board:

President – Sophie Pavon

Senior Vice President – Lauren Landis

Social Action Vice Presidents: Jessica Lamster & Jason Ritchin

Religious & Cultural Vice Presidents: Julia Sutermeister & Brielle Wiener

Membership/Communications Vice Presidents: Logan Buchalter & Robin Falkow

Special Events Chair: Luke Savoy

Technology Chair: Tyler Grobman

About our Youth Groups: Beth Haverim Shir Shalom offers Jewish youth programming for grades 3-12. Membership is open to all Jewish children grades 3-12, regardless of temple membership/affiliation. The programming includes interactive social and Judaic programming, which is designed to enhance the Jewish experiences and identities of our members. We seek to further these goals: to unite the youth of the Beth Haverim Shir Shalom membership and membership region; to provide the youth with an environment in which they are able to learn about the culture, religious and social aspects of Reform Judaism; to build for its individual members richer Jewish identities through a heightened religious consciousness and fuller knowledge of our Jewish heritage; to develop an awareness of, an interest in moral, religious and social aspects of Reform Judaism and their relevance to today’s society; and to prepare the members of the group for responsible Jewish adulthood and for intelligent and loyal shouldering of responsibilities of mature members of their congregations and their communities.  Director of Informal Youth Programming Brittany Silverman can be emailed at [email protected].

The Menschmakers is open to grades 3-5. There are both in-temple and out-of-temple varied events.  Menschmakers programming includes community service, too!

The Junior Youth Group is open to grades 6-8. There are both in-temple and out-of-temple events. Some events which we have enjoyed are laser-tag, monster mini-golf, game nights, popcorn and movie nights, karaoke party, camping, water parks, and so much more. The cost of membership for the JYG is $35.00 for temple members and $45.00 for non-temple members. 

BHSSTY is the 9th-12th grade youth group. We do all sorts of fun activities both in and out of the temple. For example, we go to NYC, apple picking, hiking, movie nights, karoke nights, Hibachi and Japan relief, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mall Scavenger Hunt, ice skating, and more. By being a member of the youth group, you get discounted rates for events. The cost of membership for the youth group is: $45.00 for temple members and $55.00 for non-temple members. Membership in BHSSTY also allows you to be a member of NFTY – GER or the North American Federation of Temple Youth – Garden Empire Region. This is a regional youth group for all of New Jersey and Central New York. They have Kallot, or retreats, throughout the region at various times throughout the year. It is a chance to spend time with friends, stay up late, learn something fun and interesting about Judaism in a new way, sing songs, and really so much more. The GER events are either over a weekend or for a few days at one of the regional camps (URJ – KUTZ Camp or URJ – Camp Harlam.) For more information about BHSSTY or NFTY – GER, please contact our advisor Liza Fishman. BHSSTY also provides the opportunity for the 9th-12th graders to learn more about themselves as leaders. BHSSTY has a student elected board, who plans and runs all or our events throughout the year. This is done with the guidance of our advisor Brittany Silverman. If you’d like more information about student leadership positions within Beth Haverim Shir Shalom Temple Youth Group, please contact one of the current board members.

Update: Students beginning in Grade 6 will participate in NFTY events!  Check out the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY’s) website by clicking here. Check out our NFTY-GER regional website by clicking here.