CBI Image Library LR (368 of 400)Vision Statement

Connecting CBI’s youth to each other and the wider Jewish community through year-round informal programming that emphasizes love of Jewish living, encourages communal responsibility and charity, and recognizes our youth’s energy and creativity.




General Statement

Young people flourish at Congregation B’nai Israel, inside and outside the synagogue.Our kids 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 will truly 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 (board games, mini-golf, 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 is our program for 4th and 5th graders.

Kadima is geared toward 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Millburn USY provides activities and leadership opportunities for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to provide the maximum number of opportunities for our kids to be with other Jewish kids.

Click here for our current membership form – fill it out and send it to CBI’s office or bring it to one of our upcoming events.

Mission Statements

Chaverim’s mission is to make Congregation B’nai Israel a place where 4th and 5th graders want to be and feel connected to. Our goal is to provide social activities and an atmosphere of fun that will be conducive to their forming friendships with their temple peers.

Kadima’s mission is to nurture friendships and develop social responsibility in our Congregation B’nai Israel youth. We will attempt to do this by working with the kids to plan activities for the purpose of having fun as well as performing Mitzvot. Involvement in Kadima paves the way for a future connection to Millburn USY at Congregation B’nai Israel.

Millburn USY’s mission is to create a bond between high school age Jewish youth and foster a pride in their heritage through social activities, Tikun Olam focused programs and religious practices. Millburn USY is a peer led youth group for high school students built on positive interpersonal connections, Jewish living, and peer leadership. The activities are planned by and for the teenagers. We believe that peer leadership motivates teens to participate in the programs, gives them memorable experiences as members of a Jewish community, and builds lasting friendships.