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 have recently coordinated our food collection efforts for Yom Kippur, coordinated our annual Purim Carnival, had social events throughout the year, and led other tzedakah projects for our synagogue community.
The following scholarships are available to help defray the costs of the West Coast Party Jr. and NFTY kallah attendance:
- 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 email@example.com.