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.

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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.

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.

 

<a name=”Chaverim”></a>What is CBI Chaverim?

CBI Chaverim is a youth group for Congregation B’nai Israel’s fourth and fifth graders designed to incorporate informal Jewish education and a social environment simultaneously.  Over the past five years under the leadership of Aly Greenstein, Chaverim Advisor, the group has flourished and continues to gain strength.

The goal of CBI’s Chaverim Chapter 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.  Click here for our latest calendar of events.

Why would I want to join?

CBI’s Chaverim Chapter has tons to offer our 4th and 5th graders, including but not limited to:

  • New Friendships
  • Fun and exciting events
  • A new way to connect to CBI
  • Mitzvah Opportunities

The group primarily meets in CBI’s multi-purpose room once a month on Tuesdays after Religious School, dinner will be served.  There are a few times during the year when we will meet off site or on Saturday evening for a special event.

Sounds great! How do I join?

Thought you’d never ask! Fill out the enclosed membership form and send it to CBI’s office or bring it to the first event.

Questions? Contact Aly Greenstein, Chaverim Advisor,  973-495-6967

 

What is CBI Kadima?

CBI Kadima is a youth group for Congregation B’nai Israel’s sixth, seventh, and eighth graders designed to incorporate informal Jewish education and a social environment simultaneously.  Over the past five years under the leadership of Aly Greenstein, Kadima Advisor, the group has grown and is going strong.

The goal of CBI’s Kadima Chapter 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.  Click here for our latest calendar of events.

Why would I want to join?

CBI’s Kadima Chapter has tons to offer our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, including but not limited to:

  • New Friendships
  • Leadership Skills
  • Fun and exciting events
  • A new way to connect to CBI
  • Mitzvah Opportunities

The group primarily meets in CBI’s youth lounge twice a month on Thursdays after Religious School, dinner will be served.  There are a few times during the year when we will meet off site for a special event.

Sounds great! How do I join?

Thought you’d never ask! Fill out the enclosed membership form and send it to CBI’s office or bring it to the first event.

Questions? Contact Aly Greenstein, Kadima Advisor,  973-495-6967

United Synagogue Youth inspires Jewish youth to explore, celebrate and practice ethical values, Jewish Living, Zionism and community responsibility based on the ideology of the Conservative Movement! For 60 years, USY has been involving and educating Jewish teens across North America, teaching them about life, friendship, religion and leadership while changing their lives forever.

CBI’s United Synagogue Youth (USY) 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 will provide 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 will be joined by area chapters to maximize the fun! For those teens that are interested, there are regional monthly dances, several weekend conventions and an end of the summer week-long encampment program.

Millburn USYers meet twice a month as a chapter for an event that is centered on social actions, 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.

 Who can join? When does Millburn USY meet?

If you are a high school student (grades 9-12) and are interested in meeting and socializing with other Jewish teens, become part of Millburn USY! Most of our programs take place on Thursday evenings at Congregation B’nai Israel from 7:30-9PM.  We do sponsor a few programs at off-site locations.

Click here for our current calendar of events.

Click here for New Jersey USY’s current calendar of events.

 Why would I want to join Millburn USY?

Millburn USY aspires to help Jewish teenagers become active young adults in their Jewish communities and to provide Jewish experiences that are fun and rewarding. USY provides an incredible opportunity for making lifelong friends, hanging out with old friends, exploring your Jewish identity, learning more about what it means to be Jewish, traveling around New Jersey and even around the world.

 Sounds great! How do I join?

Thought you’d never ask! Fill out the membership form and send it to CBI’s office or bring it to one of our upcoming events.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Ezra Engel, Millburn USY President: 973-666-1944 or

Marla Parnes, USY Advisor: 201-314-4138

Here are some helpful resources:

Millburn USY Website — http://usymillburn.yolasite.com/

USY Hagalil Region Website — http://www.hagalilusy.com/

National USY Website — http://www.usy.org/

2012-2013 Chapter Board

President Ezra Engel

Executive/Israel Awareness VP Ben Caplan

Religious/Education VP Adam Beneroff

Social Actions/Tikun Olam VP Lara Moehlman

Membership VP Tali Greenberg

Communications VP Lara Good

Freshman Representative Jen Jacobs

Honorary Board Member Sage Ferdinand

Come and join Millburn USY at CBI today!