Youth Groups


Brittany and Aaron Punim, Directors of Informal Youth Programming


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More 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 K-12. Membership is open to all Jewish children grades K-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 – Logan Buchalter and Jason Ritchin

Social Action Vice President: Luke Savoy

Religious & Cultural Vice President: Brian Ritchin

Membership/Communications Vice Presidents: Tai Weiss and Leah Wolf

Treasurer: Josh Brown

Secretary: Tyler Grobman

Special Events Coordinators: Max Pavon and Heather Romoff

Ex Officio: Robin Falkow, Communications Vice President for NFTY-GER

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! Congratulations to our Junior Youth Group chairs: Annabel Theodore and Noah Brown!

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.



October 27, 2019 – Movie “Night” – 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

December 15, 2019 – Chanukah Craft – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

March 29, 2020 – Chocolate Matzah Mash – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

May 17, 2020 – Bergen County Horse Rescue  – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.


September 8, 2019 – Kickoff Event – Apple Picking & Pie Baking – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

November 17, 2019 – Community Service at the Promenade in Chestnut Ridge – 3:30 to 5 p.m.

December 7, 2019 – Havdalah, Pizza, Secret Hanukkah Harry Gift Exchange, & Card Making – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

January 12, 2020 – Community Service Event – “Busy Backpacks” – time TBD

February 2, 2020 – Minute to Win It – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

March 29, 2020 – Passover Cooking Class – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

May 3, 2020 – Challah Baking – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

June 7, 2020 – End of Year Event TBA – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Junior Youth Group:

September 7, 2019 – Pool Party and Pizza – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

October 5, 2019 – Pajama Party and Board Game Night – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

November 17, 2019 – Tie Dye Event – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

December 8, 2019 – Movie Theater – Location & Time TBA

February 2, 2020 – Ice Skating at Palisades – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

March 27, 2020 – JYG Leads Services – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

April 26, 2020 – Community Service Event – “Kozy Kits” – time TBA

May 3, 2020 – Challah Baking & Challah Trays – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

June 6, 2020 – End of Year Event TBA – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


September 9, 2019 – Annual SYG Planning Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

September 22, 2019 – Kickoff Event – Football Sunday – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

October 19, 2019 – Pumpkin Picking at Secor Farms – 3:00 p.m.

November 15, 2019 – BHSSTY serves dinner for Tot Shabbat! – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

December 1, 2019 – Community Service Event – “Birthday Bags for ECF Kids” – time TBD

January 19, 2020 –Cupcake Wars with RETRO (Reform Temple of Rockland) – 12 – 3 p.m.

January 25 – Midnight Run Community Service Event – location and time TBA

February 14, 2020 – Creative Service – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

March 8, 2020 – BHSSTY Presents the Mini-Shpiel and Purim Carnival! 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

April 24, 2020 – BHSSTY Leads Services – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

May 17, 2020 – Community Service Event – Bergen County Horse Rescue – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

June, 2020 – Havdalah, Potluck Dinner & Elections  – time and location TBA

June, 2020 – End of Year Event for BHSSTY – time and location TBA

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

September 14, 2019: NFTY-GER LEAD: Leadership Education and Development Day (grades 9 through 12)

October 20, 2019: NFTY-GER Northern Subregional Event (for grades 6 through 12)

November 15, 2019: NFTY-GER Fall Kallah (grades 9 through 12)

December 6 – 8, 2019: NFTY-GER Taste of NFTY (grades 6 – 8)

January 10 – 12, 2020: NFTY-GER Winter Kallah (grades 9 through 12)

March 22, 2020: NFTY-GER Elections (grades 9 through 12)

April 24, 2020: NFTY-GER Spring Kallah (grades 8 through 12)