At Temple Har Shalom, our children are not simply here because their parents are members, they’re here because this is their home as well. The question often arises, “What’s the difference between our youth programming and our Religious School – aren’t they both for our children?” While enrollment and continuing education in the Religious School provides an unparalleled base for a student’s Jewish education, non-classroom social and experiential experiences offer another vital component to a child’s connection with their Judaism. Youth Programming provides our young Jewish adults an outlet to forge their own personal, lifelong connections to their Judaism and the Jewish community. There are countless numbers of young people who cite their experiences with their Temple Youth Groups as key aspects in developing and maintaining lifelong connections to Judaism. At Temple Har Shalom, our Youth Programming strives to be more than simply an outlet to share in the occasional social outing; we look to make our students realize that they are not just children of Congregants, but are Congregants themselves! Leadership opportunities, community-wide projects, and the forging of lifelong friendships allow us to do our part in raising the next generation of committed Jewish adults.
We find it vital to see our youth groups for what they are: a chance for our kids and young Jewish adults to make their own personal, lifelong connections to their Judaism. In order to see our children embrace their heritage, create a real connection to their religion and become the next generation of Reform Jews that we all aspire them to be, we find it necessary to see our youth group as a vital component to this development.
Want to attend a Temple Har Shalom Youth Group event?
We will have information about 2021-2022 Youth Programs later this summer. If you have any questions, please contact Education Administrator, Stephanie Canning.
We invite you to click below and explore our different youth programming at Temple Har Shalom:
2nd & 3rd Graders
Club Yelad’im, (“Club Children”) are programs are for Temple Har Shalom’s 2nd & 3rd graders. Club Yeladim programs will focus on the main premise of having fun and making friends in a caring and encouraging Jewish environment. Past events include Hanukkah Cooking, Wacky Jewish Science, and Jewish Game Show Party.
4th & 5th Graders
Giva’ot (“Hills”) symbolizes the beginning of our children’s journey on the road to learning about their Jewishness. The program allows our kids to see a different side of their community: one based on social events that create an experiential Jewish learning and growing experience. Past events include, Temple Escape Room, Break the World Record, and Food Construction.
6th, 7th & 8th Graders
For our 6th, 7th & 8th Graders, we offer Club 678. This Youth Group offers awesome activities designed for these students including NFTY-style overnights, Tikkun Olam projects and fun get-togethers. In addition to participating in Har Shalom events, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders can all participate in specific programs organized by NFTY-GER (our regional youth group). Club 678 leadership opportunities are also available to members. Club 678 is a great way to get involved and segue into HSTY. Past events include Shul-In, Skyzone, Vertiquest Gym, and Night Out!
9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Har Shalom Temple Youth (known simply as HSTY) is the Temple’s largest and most extensive piece of Youth Programming. Comprised of students from 9th – 12th Grades, HSTY’s programming includes a wide array of exciting events! Tikkun Olam plays a very large role in connecting students to the larger community with most events throughout the year containing a social action component. HSTY is also a very proud member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the Union for Reform Judaism’s youth arm. Our Regional Youth Group is NFTY-GER, and events are open to HSTY members. There multiple opportunities for our high school students to assume leadership positions. Past events include Bridgewater Sports Arena, Shul-In, BBQ, Movie Night, and the annual, Lauren Rachel Zeitels Midnight Run.
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