At Congregation B’nai Israel, we know that Jewish youth groups are a critical link to “growing up Jewishly”. The friendships and experiences that are shared last a lifetime! Studies have shown that a major influence on the development of a Jewish Identity and the retention of that identity into adult life is involvement in Jewish youth activities. That is why our social and spiritual programs complement the activities and lessons in our religious school. Our major emphasis on fun and friendships helps lead our members to becoming happy, well-rounded and self-motivated Jews.
At the Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism, our Temple Youth Groups (TYG’s) help encourage Jewish youth to be social with each other during our once a month meetings. Our Youth Groups also build character and provide meaningful experiences by building social networks, providing social action, and community service opportunities.
Our goal is for every child, 3rd through 12th grade, to become an active member of our youth groups and we look forward to having your child join! For more information, contact Zoë Goldberg, Youth Engagement Professional or Kim Beame, Director of Education.
Youth Engagement Professional
Zoe was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in Orlando, FL. She went to Florida Atlantic University for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. During her undergraduate career, she became very active at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. Her involvement in Hillel encouraged her to pursue a career in the Jewish community. After graduation, she moved to Houston, TX, where she began working as the Director of Undergraduate Engagement at Houston Hillel. In Houston, Zoe worked with college students from the University of Houston and Rice University, as well as the Jewish community as a whole. After two years in Houston, she decided that her next career path would be back in South Florida. She is very excited to take on this new role as the Youth Engagement Professional and looks forward to meeting all of our SLJ students and families. Stay tuned for next year’s youth group calendars.
Our Youth Groups
BISY is part of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and we are in the STR (Southern Tropical Region). We are also part of the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism). BISY members lead family Shabbat services, engage in social action projects, attend local and regional retreats, and participate in social events.