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Yaldei Shalom—Middle School Youth Group

Yaldei Shalom, Temple Beth El’s middle school youth group, is a vibrant community made of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Our Youth Group Leader plans gatherings outside of TBE where we can hang out and have fun. In past years, we’ve held chocolate seders, gone ice skating and bowling, and joined NFTY 678 for color wars. Yaldei Shalom serves the TBE community by assisting SPeTY with the Yom Kippur canned food drive, serving dinner at Sisterhood’s Annual Latke dinner, and running the Purim Carnival. Come join us!

As a URJ congregation, we are part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). In the Southern California region, NFTY 678 events occur three times a year. These one-day events are designed to give middle schoolers a taste of NFTY fun. On alternate years, the “West Coast Party Jr.” weekend retreat draws middle schoolers to a wider regional gathering in Northern California.

The following scholarships are available to help defray the cost of the West Coast Party Jr. attendance:

For more information regarding Yaldei Shalom, contact

SPeTY—High School Youth Group

At Temple Beth El, the San Pedro Temple Youth group (SPeTY) is run by our teens for our teens. Teen leaders plan events and activities throughout the school year, ranging from parties to “bond-fires,” mitzvah service projects to concerts, and overnights to field trips. SPeTY creates fun and engaging events to create fellowship, empowerment, and leadership among our youth community. We always welcome new members, as well as input on new events.

SPeTY is not solely for our local community – we are formally affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Through NFTY, we are connected with Jewish youth across the nation. NFTY SoCal regional events occur approximately 5 times a year, with most weekend retreats in Malibu. Each retreat, called a kallah, focuses on social justice, community engagement, and building a strong Jewish identity – with a healthy dose of fun mixed in!

Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of NFTY kallah attendance.

For the current SPeTY calendar of activities, contact