Youth Groups

Beth El has four youth groups to meet the needs of our preteens and teens. Our groups are the largest chapters in the entire region, and are consistently winning regional and national awards for the quality of their programming. Each group is led by an adult advisor.

For more information or to join any of the groups described below, please contact the education office.

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Halutzim (Grades 3-5)

Temple Beth El is pleased to offer Halutzim, a youth group for 3rd through 5th graders.  Our advisor is Melinda Yanoff.  We hold programs 4-5 times a year, including events such as a "Make Your Own Pizza" Party, Jewish Jeopardy, Board Game Event, and sledding.  Dues are $18 per year.  Email Melinda.

Download the Halutzim membership application here.

Kadima (Grades 6-8)

Temple Beth El is pleased to sponsor the local chapter of Kadima, the Conservative movement's youth program for 6th through 8th graders. Our chapter boasts of close to 40 active members. Our advisor is Rebecca Zaretsky.  We hold programs once or twice a month, including events such as a "Make Your Own Pizza" Party, a bowling contest, a "shul-in" sleepover event, and a trip to Darien Lake. We also participate in 1 regional event each year: Kadima Kallah, a weekend long gathering. The chapter also participates in and sponsors several Tzedakah projects. Members elect officers each year, who are responsible for helping to choose, plan and execute the events. Dues are $30 per year.  Email Becca.

Download the Kadima membership application here.

United Synagogue Youth (USY) (Grades 9-12)

Temple Beth El is the proud sponsor of Sababa USY (United Synagogue Youth), our chapter of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's high school youth group. We are part of Tzafon Region, which spans from Buffalo across upstate New York. A program calendar is published several times each year. Programs vary, with some past events including a Sukkah hop, chocolate Seder, bowling, movies, and shul-ins. Sababa USYers also participate in Tzafon regional conventions, and a variety of USY summer programs. All high school students are encouraged to join. Annual membership fee is $36. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Sababa USY advisor, Kayla Bogad, with questions.

Download the USY Membership Application here.

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Boy Scouts of America (Lincoln Troop 3) (Ages 11-17)

Temple Beth El is home to the 5th oldest Jewish-sponsored group in the entire nation, which was founded here at Beth El in 1917. It is the mission of the Boy Scouts to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. It is based on a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.  They also participate in special regional and national activities and events. As a troop, both Shabbat and Kashrut are observed during their campouts and other activities.  Please email the TBE Youth Education office for more information.