Our reimagined youth programming, now known collectively as Youth At Temple Aliyah ([email protected]), engages the youth and teens of Temple Aliyah (2nd – 12th grade) in order to enrich their Jewish identities and their connection to our congregation. Through leadership opportunities, participation in United Synagogue Youth (USY), social action initiatives, and education, we cultivate experiences that foster a sense of belonging in the greater Jewish community.
OUR AMAZING STAFF have planned an exciting year for everyone. Read on to learn about each of our programs!
Director of Youth Engagement
Jr. [email protected] advisor
Our Youth Committee chair is Karen Levin.
Click here for a complete calendar of our youth activities.
Here are some photos of our kids engaged in their activities.
TEFs (Teen Engagement Fellows)
The TEFs (Teen Engagement Fellows) serve as the leaders of social engagement, social events, and other leadership within the teen community and the larger community at Temple Aliyah. TEFs events and teen social programming run under the name [email protected] USY. The TEFs have a special focus on building relationships with other teens in an effort to build and organize a community of teens. Additionally, the TEFs take on roles within he congregation in effort to integrate teens into our synagogue's daily life. The TEFs meet as a group with their advisor weekly and individually with their advisor as needed.
TACOS (Temple Aliyah Community Opportunities and Service)
In our TACOS program, students in grades 9-12 meet with their advisor at a service site on two Sundays a month to perform volunteer work. TACOS students also help out with synagogue-wide events throughout the year, such as Hannukah Happening and the Purim Carnival. In the past, the TACOs students have visited with the elderly residents of Coleman House and prepared dinners both for the Temple Aliyah Hesed Committee and Family Promise. Temple Aliyah membership is not required to participate.
TACOS2 New this year!
This year we will be offering two TACOS tracks: TACOS for students in grades 9-12 and TACOS 2 for students in grades 7-8. This year, TACOS2 will focus on the issues of hunger and homelessness. Over the course of the program, students will visit several different local sites to perform their service and to learn about hunger and homelessness and the many ways they can help.
Teens enrolled in our Madrichim program work wither as Mercaz Aliyah teachers' aides or one-on-one with students as peer tutors. Students may request the age group (grades k-7) and the days (S,M,Th) that they prefer to volunteer, and they will receive placement per the needs of Mercaz Aliyah. In addition to their time in the classroom, Madrichim attend monthly training workshops during the year. Our Madrichim program is a wonderful way for our post-B'nei Mitzvah teens to connect with and mentor the younger children in our congregation. The Madrichim program is open only to Temple Aliyah Members.