Education & Youth

Youth Dept

Our youth groups are an important part of our educational program at Congregation Beth Shalom. Youth groups provide an opportunity for socialization within a Jewish context. We are members of the Pinwheel (Pacific Northwest) Region of United Synagogue Youth, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alberta, and British Columbia. Youth Group Membership is included in Religious School and Prozdor for grades 2nd-7th.

We offer four youth groups based on grade.
Matanot
– For youth grades 2nd and 3rd. This group holds one event per month. Events include activities such as Shabbat dinners, a Chocolate Seder, and mini-golf.

Chaverim – For youth grades 4th and 5th. This group holds one event per month. Events include improv, laser tag, board games, ice cream parties, and volunteering.

Kadima – For youth grades 6th-8th. This group holds 1-2 events per month and participates in the Regional Shabbaton at Camp Solomon Schechter. Post B’nai Mitzvah students may also attend the monthly USY Youth Minyan. Events include Masterchef Jewnior, Israeli Movie Nights, and Kadima only Shabbat dinners.

Kadima Kinnus will take place December 8th-10th! Mark your calendars!

USY (United Synagogue Youth) – For youth grades 9th-12th. Regular events for this group include a monthly youth minyan, board meetings, participation in Regional and International programs, and other social and religious events. Popular events include: Into the Night, Havdallah, Movie Nights, and more! *Fall Kinnus will take place November 10th-12th! Mark your calendars!

Meet 2017-2018 Youth Group Advisors!

Noah is excited to be your Kadima advisor for the coming year! Noah is originally from Texas (coincidentally attending a different synagogue called Beth Shalom there) and was Bar Mitzvahed in Idaho. He currently studies space, brains, and the Middle East but mostly he just likes to read. He’s looking forward to having tons of fun with our 6th to 8th graders all year long, making sure to set a new record for the most-fun-had by any Kadima group in recorded history.
Tal is the CBS 2017-2018 shinshinit and co-advisor for both Kadima and USY! She is from Haifa and has two younger twin sisters. She recently graduated from LeoBaeck high school where her majors were art and photograpy. In her free time she enjoy practicing photography, swimming, hiking, and biking.
You can contact Tal at shinshin@bethshalomseattle.org
  Ari is a sophomore at the University of Washington hoping to major in Neurobiology. He grew up in San Jose, California, and attended religious school at Temple Emanu-El. Ari was active in his NFTY chapter during high school, served as a madrich (ozer) at his religious school, and is now involved in the leadership at Hillel UW as Shabbat Committee Chair. He is thrilled to be the new USY advisor and bring these experiences to the Seattle Jewish community. Ari thinks that moving to Seattle just might be the best choice he ever made, and he loves the culture, the people, and even the rain. Ari also enjoys traveling, writing short stories, and juggling.
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*NEW!!! Register online to participate in our 2017-2018 Youth Groups HERE!

Beth Shalom Youth Groups require a yearly registration and membership fee. Here are the prices for each of the grades:

Youth Group Membership Fee
Matanot (2nd & 3rd Grade) $50
Chaverim (4th & 5th Grade) $50
Kadima (6th-8th Grade) $60
USY (9th-12th Grade) $100

For overall youth department questions, please contact Rachel Wachtel, Director of Education by email.

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