SLJ has a Youth Group for every child from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our Youth Group members connect with each other through social activities, making memories and friends that last a lifetime. Our major emphasis on fun and friendships helps lead our members to become happy, well-rounded adults with a positive, lifelong Jewish identity. Our youth groups build character, provide meaningful experiences, and have lots of fun all at the same time. Plus, there is always food!
Every student in our school is automatically a member of their age-appropriate youth group, so there is no reason to wait to join in the fun!
Meet Jessica Rotterman our Youth Engagement Professional
Jessica was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, spent a gap year in Israel, then moved to South Florida to attend college at FIU. After earning her B.A. in Psychology, she moved to Madrid, where she earned a Masters’ degree in Emotional Intelligence. She has experience working with children of all ages, and she has been deeply involved in both her Jewish community and Jewish organizations. Jessica will bring her energy, creativity, and passion to every interaction with our students.
Chaverim (Grades K-2)
Chaverim is our youngest students’ introduction to the fun of Youth Group. Programs are designed to help kids make new friends, practice new skills and develop a love for being Jewish. Most events are held here on campus at CBI. Popular events from last year included a fall festival with a giant corn maze and a scavenger hunt, and a Chanukah carnival with bounce houses, carnival snacks and a balloon artist. Every year there are new programs for the children to enjoy.
CLUB 345 (Grades 3-5)
Club 345 is a group for grades 3 through 5 designed to create new friendships and build on old ones. Many events will take place on Sunday afternoons immediately after Religious School. Some activities will be on campus at CBI while others will be off-campus. CBI will provide lunch before all events. Some of last years’ favorites were glow-in-the-dark mini golf and Jumptwist Ninja Academy. Stay tuned to see what Club 345 has in store this year!
CLUB 678 (Grades 6-8)
In Club 678, students are exploring their independence as middle schoolers, and events are a bit more adventurous, but the focus is still on friends and fun. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a wonderful milestone, but it isn’t the end of Jewish involvement…it’s really just the beginning! A couple of the highlights from last year were a limo scavenger hunt and an outing at Drive Shack. In addition, Club 678 participates in a regional kallah (retreat) with other students from around our region of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Students from Central Florida through the Keys gather together for a weekend to meet, socialize, learn and bond.
BISY (Grades 9-12)
B’nai Israel Senior Youth (BISY) is our high school youth group. Students continue to have fun together and solidify their friendships. As high school students, they have more opportunities to connect with each other as they get more deeply involved. BISY members engage in social action and community service projects, in addition to socializing at fun events like laser tag and the Overnight Shul In. BISY students create their own theme-based Shabbat services and lead the congregation on selected Friday nights during the year. There are many leadership opportunities within BISY and beyond, which prepares our youths for success in college and into their adult lives. All BISY members can travel to attend NFTY kallot (retreats) with other students from around our region. For the past several years, members of our BISY leadership have been elected to Regional and National NFTY board positions.