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.)

Our youth are integrally involved with many of the shul-wide activities including reading Torah on the High Holidays and Shabbat, leading services, celebrating Purim and Simchat Torah and participating in Temple Emanuel’s Holocaust program.

We are fortunate to have a mature, experienced staff that provide excellent supervision for our youth and have been with us for a number of years. The Solomon Youth Lounge is enjoyed by children of all ages before religious school and on weekends.

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 one of our events or around the shul.

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

Lunch in the Sukkah

Wednesday, October 16 | 12:00 pm

Share lunch in the sukkah. Bring a dairy or pareve lunch and join us in the sukkah. We'll provide drinks and dessert!

Lunch in the Sukkah

Thursday, October 17 | 12:00 pm

Share lunch in the sukkah. Bring a dairy or pareve lunch and join us in the sukkah. We'll provide drinks and dessert!

Slime in the Sukkah

Sunday, October 20 | 12:00 pm

It's ooey, gooey, and yours to mold! Calling all 3rd-5th graders to join Leah for "Slime in the Sukkah!" Pizza served separately. to attend. Signup Online

Celebrate Erev Simchat Torah

Monday, October 21 | 5:45 pm

Join us in Celebration on Erev Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah Exploration and Celebration

Tuesday, October 22 | 9:30 am

Participate in spirited dancing and hakafot. Explore the inside of a Torah scroll up close. Hear our wonderful Temple Emanuel members chant Torah and Haftorah.

Haunted Hay Ride

Saturday, October 26 | 6:45 pm

Grades 7-12: Take this spooky adventure with us!

9th Grade Teen Conversation with Rabbi Gardenswartz

Sunday, October 27 | 4:00 pm

Turn Down the Noise, Turn Off Your Cell Phone, and Think About How to Become the Best Version of Yourself Sunday evenings | 4 - 5 pm 5 Sessions : Oct 27, Jan 26, Mar 15, Apr 5 and May 17 We are awash in noise and pressure. Noise: our cell

8th Grade Teen Conversation with Rabbi Gardenswartz

Tuesday, October 29 | 6:00 pm

Turn Down the Noise, Turn Off Your Cell Phone, and Think About How to Become the Best Version of Yourself Tuesday evenings | 6 - 7 pm 7 Sessions : Oct 29, Nov  26, Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 17 and Apr 28 We are awash in noise and pressure.

8th Grade Teen Conversation with Rabbi Gardenswartz

Tuesday, November 26 | 6:00 pm

Turn Down the Noise, Turn Off Your Cell Phone, and Think About How to Become the Best Version of Yourself Tuesday evenings | 6 - 7 pm 7 Sessions : Oct 29, Nov  26, Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 17 and Apr 28 We are awash in noise and pressure.

9th Grade Teen Conversation with Rabbi Gardenswartz

Sunday, March 15 | 4:00 pm

Turn Down the Noise, Turn Off Your Cell Phone, and Think About How to Become the Best Version of Yourself Sunday evenings | 4 - 5 pm 5 Sessions : Oct 27, Jan 26, Mar 15, Apr 5 and May 17 We are awash in noise and pressure. Noise: our cell

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


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