Youth & USY

Livin’ the Chai Life in the Harry Kraft Youth Department @ Temple Emanuel

The Harry Kraft Youth Department offers exciting social, religious and educational programming for children in grades 3-12.  Many of our events occur at the synagogue (such as Shabbat dinners, Chanukah parties, lounge nights, Snowball Dance and Purim Carnival) and other events occur off-site (such as snow tubing, movie nights,Red Sox games, mini golf, hayrides, etc.) We currently have 190 members in our Kadima/USY groups and an additional 80+ youth who participate in our other activities.

Temple Emanuel youth participate in monthly gender based groups (Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim) , classes with the rabbis and education staff, teen choir and band, Israeli dancing, Teens for Tikkun social action group, AIPAC, as aides in our religious school and much more. Our youth are integrally involved with many of the shul-wide activities including reading Torah on the High Holidays and Shabbat, leading High Holiday and Shabbat services , celebrating Purim and Simchat Torah and participating in mitzvah projects with Cradles to Crayons, Family Table, Hebrew Senior Life and other organizations. A highlight of the program is our TE Teen Trip to Israel in 9th or 10th grade led by experienced Temple Emanuel staff and clergy.

The Solomon Youth Lounge is enjoyed by children of all ages before religious school and on weekends and contains video games, pool table, foosball, ping pong and old fashioned board games too. And snacks!

Our goal is to provide a place for your children to enjoy being with their friends in an informal Jewish setting, make new friends, and have fun and learn at the same time. We look forward to seeing your child (ren) soon at Temple Emanuel!

How can Parents get involved?

  • Learn more about our amazing Youth programs offered and share with your kids
  • Register your kids for the Youth Department.  Registration is available online in the fall and throughout the year. 
  • Sign up your kids for events!
  • Encourage your children to hang out in the Solomon Youth lounge before Religious School.
  • Be a part of the Youth Council and help strategize and implement our youth engagement programs and philosophy.

Contact info:

Wayne_Goldstein_100x130Wayne Goldstein at 617-558-8121
Harry Kraft Director of Informal Youth Education
Aliza_Berger_100x130Aliza Berger at 617-558-8171
Rav Hazzan
Leslie_Gonzalez_100x130Leslie Gonzalez at 617-796-9998
Vice President Education and Youth

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Purim

Thursday, February 25 | 12:00 am

Fulfill the Mitzvah of Hearing Megillat Esther. Experience the Family Style Megillah Reading or a spirited full Megillah reading.

For a complete listing of all Youth/USY programs, please visit our programs page.

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