Beth Am Israel offers youth programs which combine social, educational, religious, and social action experiences. These programs provide opportunities for our youth to build lasting friendships with each other and a strong connection to the Jewish community.
Our Sababa! youth group is for 3rd through 5th graders. Sababa!, which is Hebrew slang for “cool,” meets multiple times a year for fun interactive programs, including tzedakah projects, arts and crafts, games, cooking projects, and overnights at the synagogue. One of our favorite recent Sababa! programs included tye-dyeing t-shirts – and challah!
Walking the Walk
Walking the Walk, an interfaith youth group sponsored by the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, brings together high school students of different religious and cultural traditions. Twice a month, Beth Am Israel teens gather with peers from different faiths to build healthy relationships, help improve the world, and build communication and understanding among members of different faith communities.
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is a program for girls from 6th through 12th grade based on the Jewish tradition of womens’ new moon celebrations. The program builds self-esteem, leadership skills, Jewish identity, and empowering friendships between girls. Each grade has its own group and meets once a month with a Group Leader.
The Friendship Circle serves families of children with special needs, ranging in age from toddler through young adults. Participants are paired with local teenage volunteers, fostering the development of mutually rewarding relationships within a caring, supportive community.
United Synagogue Youth (USY)
USY is a national youth group that inspires Jewish youth to explore, celebrate and practice ethical values, Jewish Living, Zionism and community responsibility based on the ideology of the Conservative Movement. We partner with area synagogues for USY.
Starting in 7th grade, students can volunteer to be madrichim in our classrooms. Madrichim assist teachers on Shabbat mornings by reading stories, playing games, supporting individual students, helping implement lessons, and working with small groups. Madrichim also meet with an educator each week to learn leadership skills.