Informal Jewish education — social and cultural programming outside of a formal classroom setting — helps to build Jewish identity, instill Jewish values and nurture lifetime connections to Jewish community.
At Temple Israel, we offer an engaging programming for our children through three organized youth groups, divided according to grade level. Our middle school and high school youth groups are co-sponsored with other local Conservative synagogues, offering our children greater social opportunities and enlarging their community. Known as the FLIPPER chapter, our Kadima and USY groups are part of the New Jersey Hagalil Region which offers additional youth programming throughout New Jersey. During the summer, Kadimaniks and USYers have opportunities for regional camp programming as well as national and international travel programs.
Temple Israel’s youth groups are open to all Jewish youth in the community regardless of synagogue affiliation. For membership information, click on the appropriate link below or contact the Temple office (201-444-9320 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask to be put in contact with the Youth Committee Chair.
El Al: 4th and 5th Graders
Our youngest youth group is synagogue-based, offering monthly low-key social, educational and community service opportunities that serve as a gateway for children to become active in our youth programming. Meeting after Hebrew school on Sundays, our children enjoy lunch together followed by an age appropriate activity led by their advisor. The calendar for the coming year includes holiday celebrations, game time in the Temple Israel youth lounge and other fun activities. El Al will also come together for a Friday night dinner to welcome Shabbat and lead our family service. Click here to download the El Al membership application.
Kadima: 6th– 8th Graders
We take it up a notch for our middle-schoolers with a variety of events, both on a small and large scale. Kadimaniks get together at Temple Israel and other chapter synagogues each month to hang out, play games, watch movies, and have fun under the supervision of the FLIPPER Kadima Advisor, a hired professional. Their calendar also includes age appropriate outings to local venues such as trampoline parks, ice skating, mini-golf, a pool party and even an all day trip to NYC! Teaching them leadership and the importance of social action, our Kadimaniks are responsible for planning and baking desserts for a homeless dinner program throughout the year. Kadimaniks celebrate the Jewish holidays together as part of their programming and look forward to their annual Shabbaton at a chapter synagogue. In addition, FLIPPER Kadima joins with others Kadima chapters in the Hagalil region for exciting programming and Shabbatons. Click here to down the Kadima membership application.
United Synagogue Youth (USY): 9th – 12th Graders
Consistent with the USY objective of building future leaders of the Jewish community, our FLIPPER USY chapter is youth led with its own board that plans a full schedule of activities under the guidance of an experienced USY Advisor. Each month, the board meets to plans and implement events that include holiday celebrations, tikkun olam, educational and social opportunities. They are also responsible for planning the annual youth Shabbaton where they lead services as well as programming. Our USYers attend regional Hagalil activities including dances, Shabbatons, weekend long conventions, summer encampment and other fun events. All high school students are invited to help plan FLIPPER USY activities. USY builds lasting friendships and memories – join the fun! Click here to download the USY membership application.
Temple Israel Youth Committee
A Youth Committee, chaired by a parent volunteer, oversees all three youth groups. It meets to discuss relevant issues; brainstorm ideas for new activities and programming; and provide guidance and direction to the advisors hired to organize and implement youth programming. Joining the Youth Committee is a great way to become involved in providing opportunities for Jewish living for your children or grandchildren.