Youth Groups

Young people flourish at Congregation B’nai Israel, inside and outside the synagogue. Children in our community benefit from a wealth of extra-curricular activities and are constantly forced to make choices about where to spend their time. The goal of the CBI youth groups is to provide Jewish experiences that are so fun and rewarding that the kids will choose to include them into their already-packed schedules. By doing so, we integrate our children into the greater Congregation B’nai Israel community.

It’s called Informal Jewish Education, but the kids know it has nothing to do with school. Under the guidance of adult advisors, even the most secular activities (games, movies, eating, etc.) can reinforce Jewish values and Conservative Jewish practice. Congregation B’nai Israel youth groups are open to all Jewish children in fourth through twelfth grade. Programming includes social, recreational, religious and cultural activities in an informal, age appropriate setting.

Chaverim

Chaverim is our program for 4th and 5th graders designed to incorporate informal Jewish education and a social environment simultaneously. Chaverim meets monthly on Tuesdays after Religious School for dinner and activities.

Questions? Contact Michael Greenstein, Chaverim Advisor at 732-735-9970.

Kadima

Kadima is geared toward 6th, 7th and 8th graders, designed to incorporate informal Jewish education and a social environment simultaneously. Kadima typically meets twice a month on Tuesdays after Religious School for dinner and activities.

Questions? Contact Michael Greenstein, Kadima Advisor at 732-735-9970.

Millburn USY

Millburn USY – affectionately known as MillbUSY — is a peer led youth group for Congregation B’nai Israel’s ninth through twelfth graders with the goal of helping teens establish a strong and positive Jewish identity. At the Millburn USY Chapter level, USY provides fun and exciting social and educational events both at the synagogue and within the community. There are parties, social events and special programs and trips. For some events, we join nearby chapters to maximize the fun! For those teens that are interested, there are regional monthly programs, several weekend conventions and an end of the summer week-long encampment program.

Millburn USYers meet twice a month as a chapter for events that center on social action, Israel, Judaism, raising money for Tikun Olam (USY’s tzedakah fund), or simply to socialize with other Jewish teens. The Millburn USY chapter has won a number of regional awards including Most Improved Chapter, Chapter of Excellence and several Programming Awards.

Questions? Contact Aly Greenstein, USY Advisor at 973-495-6967.