Beth El’s youth groups bring together our young congregants for social action, food, and adventure. You don’t need to be a member of Beth El to come along—Beth El youth groups are open to all Jewish kids.
Beth El has four youth groups: AlephBet, Pre-Kadima, Kadima, and United Synagogue Youth (USY).
AlephBet (Grades K-2)
AlephBet introduces young kids to the world of Jewish youth groups. In recent years, AlephBet has visited the Ganyard Hill Farm, explored the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, played glow golf, visited a circus, and made art at Durham’s legendary Scrap Exchange. To learn more, check out our calendar, or contact our Youth Advisor, Julie Halpert.
Pre-Kadima (Grades 3-5)
Pre-Kadima gives students a taste of more grown-up youth group participation, and gets them ready for involvement in Kadima and USY. Some past activities include bowling, rock climbing, roller-skating, undertaking a scavenger hunt in the Duke Gardens, taking part in the Durham Earth Day festival, and visiting the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. And, of course, there’s everyone’s favorite — pizza parties! To learn more, check out our calendar, or contact our Youth Advisor, Julie Halpert.
Kadima (Grades 6-8)
Kadima is the national middle school youth group for Conservative Judaism. Beth El’s Kadima chapter lets middle schoolers bond with their peers through new adventures and social action work. Kadima-niks also help choose, plan, and support their own programs. Past excursions have included laser tag, ice-skating, swimming, mystery bus rides, and the now annual Kadima Iron Chef competition. To learn more, check out our calendar, or contact our Youth Advisor, Averyl Edwards.
In USY, Beth El’s high schoolers plan and implement their own events as they become a more active part of Jewish life at Beth El. Some highlights include the annual Chocolate Seder, game night at the youth advisor’s house, and a digital photo scavenger hunt at Southpoint Mall in Durham.Venturing outside the Triangle, USY has gone on trips to Charlotte and participated in regional and international USY conventions. For more information, check out our calendar, or contact our Youth Advisor, Averyl Edwards.
As Beth El has become more involved in the Seaboard Region, the students have been going to regional events. Eliana recently went to Spring Convention and wanted to share her experience!
My name is Eliana and I recently attended the spring convention for Seaboard USY. I had the opportunity to make many friends that lived in the DC area, which is where the region is based. Before I went, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be hard to make friends as I didn’t really know anyone. This changed as soon as I got there. Everyone was kind and welcoming and I fit in right away. Click here to read more!