We have two youth groups at Temple Beth El, Yaldai Shalom, our youth group for middle school children, and SPeTY, (San Pedro Temple Youth) our high school youth group. The groups meet regularly, each according to its own schedule, for parties, trips, mitzvah projects, concerts, pool parties, overnight events, and all kinds of fun.
Our young people need to form social networks among their Jewish peers. Torah School does not fully foster those social networks. In addition, youngsters from Temple Beth El need to meet age mates from other synagogues. SPeTY is formally affiliated with NFTY, the national youth movement of Reform Judaism.
The goals of our youth programs are to foster social interaction among age mates in the synagogue, cultivate social interaction among age mates from other area synagogues, develop social action programs for youth within the synagogue community and in the general community, and facilitate trips to places of Jewish and general interest.
Our youth groups coordinate food collection efforts for Yom Kippur, lead other tzedakah projects for our synagogue community, help organize our annual Purim Carnival, and have social events throughout the year.
The following scholarships are available to help with the cost to attend the West Coast Party Jr. and NFTY kallah:
- Burt & Elaine Margulis Teen Scholarship Fund
- Peachy and Mark Levy Scholarship
- TBE Sisterhood Scholarships
- Bill Gren Campership Fund – contact Linda Gren
For more information regarding Yaldei Shalom or SPeTY, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the Sisterhood page for more information on their youth scholarships.
Here are some of the recent activities of our youth groups:
Temple Beth El is proud and excited to partner with the PJ Library program to provide Jewish books each month to children and families in our community. PJ Library shares stories that celebrate Jewish values, culture and traditions and brings ideas and inspiration for families to experience together. Children from birth to 8 1/2 years […]
SPeTY Visits the HMS Queen Mary for Halloween On a scary Saturday night, brave Temple Beth El High Schoolers, accompanied by their intrepid advisor, Jaron Brunner, set out to see what was in store for them aboard the Queen Mary at their Halloween event called Dark Harbor. Dark Harbor is the Queen Mary’s annual Halloween […]
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Looking Back on the SPeTY Year Rachel Fischer, SPeTY Advisor email@example.com What a year it has been for SPeTY! We have bonded at the beach, enjoyed movie night(s), played laser tag, escaped a locked room, and played a round or two of miniature golf. We organized the collection for the High Holiday Food Drive, helped […]
Who are the Grown Ups at a NFTY Kallah? Rachel Fischer, TBE Youth Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org When Sareta went oﬀ to her ﬁrst Kallah, I had no idea who was at a typical NFTY weekend gathering. Sure, I had the assurance that Kallah was a wonderful thing. But I only had a vague idea that teens […]
From our SPeTY Advisor Rachel Fischer email@example.com Imagine a Conservative Jewish house in the 1970’s without a TV. No Monday Night Football. No ball games of any sort in the household. Just Saturday morning radio broadcasts for fun. Then, imagine the former Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena (currently the Oracle Arena.) The glass exterior sparkles. The […]