Youth Groups


Brittany and Aaron Punim, Directors of Informal Youth Programming


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NEW THIS YEAR!  Events for our younger students, grades K-2!  See below for dates.

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.  Directors of Informal Youth Programming Brittany & Aaron Punim can be emailed at [email protected]

Congratulations to the Newly-Elected BHSSTY 2018-2019 Board:

Co-Presidents – Jessica Lamster & Logan Buchalter

Social Action Vice Presidents: Jason Ritchin & Max Pavon

Religious & Cultural Vice Presidents:  Brielle Wiener

Membership/Communications Vice President: Robin Falkow

Treasurer: Josh Brown

Secretaries: Tyler Grobman & Luke Savoy

Liaison to Junior Youth Group and Menschmakers: Heather Romoff

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 cost of membership for the Menschmakers is $25.00 for temple members and $60.00 for non-temple members. 

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 $40.00 for temple members and $100.00 for non-temple members. Students in these grades can also participate in select NFTY events!

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: $50.00 for temple members and $100.00 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 at a host synagogue or for a few days at one of the regional camps. 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 Punim. 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.



December 9, 2018 – Music with Cantor Perper and Chanukah Cupcake Decorating – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

May 5, 2019 – Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Making and Flower Pot Decorating- 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


September 16, 2018 – Bergen County Horse Rescue – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

October 20, 2018 – Havdalah, Movie Night and Ice Cream Sundaes – 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

November 18, 2018 – Friendsgiving Potluck – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

December 2, 2018 – DIY Edible Menorah – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

February 3, 2019 – Color Me Mine – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 24, 2019 – Spiritual Walk with Rabbi Ilana – 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

May 19, 2019 – Mindy’s Munchies – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Junior Youth Group:

September 15, 2018 – Pool Party at Brittany’s! (or Movie at Brittany’s if it rains) – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

October 21, 2018 – Scavenger Hunt at Willowbrook Mall and Dessert – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

November 18, 2018 – Friendsgiving Potluck – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

December 2, 2018 – Chanukah Cookie Baking – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

February 3, 2019 – Community Service Event – Time & Location TBA

March 24, 2019 – Spiritual Walk with Rabbi Ilana – 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

May 19, 2019 – Mini Golf, Roller Skating & Laser Tag at The Castle – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.



September 9, 2018 – BHSSTY Brunch at Painting with a Twist – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 27, 2018 – Late Night Movie and Dessert with another youth group (TBA) – 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

November 16, 2018 – BHSSTY serves dinner for Tot Shabbat! – 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

December 1, 2018 – BHSSTY Volunteers at Sisterhood’s Goods & Services Auction – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

January 6, 2019 – Escape the Room (time TBA)

February 8, 2019 – Creative Service – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

March 17, 2019 – BHSSTY Presents the Mini-Shpiel and Purim Carnival!

April 6, 2019 – Midnight Run

April 28, 2019 – Bergen County Horse Rescue – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

May 31, 2019 – Potluck Dinner & Elections/BHSSTY Leads Services – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

June 1, 2019 – End of Year Event  for SYGB  – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.


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.

NFTY Regional Events Coming Up

April 12-14 – NFTY-GER Spring Kallah at URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania

June 1 – NFTY-GER Gala