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 Director of Teen Engagement, 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 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. Beth El has also become more involved in the Seaboard Region. For more information, check out our calendar, or contact our Director of Teen Engagement, Averyl Edwards.
Mazel Tov to Beth El Durham USY for winning the following awards at the Seaboard Region USY Spring Convention, May 25-28, 2018: Chapter of the Year, Chapter of Excellence, USY Membership Increase, Notable Tikun Olam Contribution, Best Social Action Program: Park Clean-Up