Our Temple Youth Groups are an important part of Temple Beth El’s commitment to engaging our children from ages 5-18. Our youth program offers different groups that present opportunities for TBE Youth to participate in activities structured to foster lifelong Jewish values and forge friendships that last a lifetime.
LIBERTY (Life In Beth El Reform Temple Youth) is TBE’s Senior Temple Youth Group for teens in grades 8-12. The teen-elected LIBERTY Board organizes and implements programs with assistance from the Temple Beth El Clergy. From outdoor events, lock-ins and social action projects to meaningful weekend programs with other Jewish teens throughout the Southeast, LIBERTY offers teens a great way to become involved, make life-long friendships and deepen their Jewish identities.
At Temple Beth El, we believe that singing Jewish songs and learning to pray through music from a young age are critical to the development of lasting Jewish identity.
All of our young congregants sing, pray, and dance at Tot Shabbat, Religious School T’filah, Shabbat SongFest, Family Shabbat Services, and at youth events. Congregants in grades K-6 can join under the direction of Cantor Thomas and Patty Torcellini.
There are many summer camp experiences offered to our children. The Union for Reform Judaism has a variety of residential camp programs. Several of these programs are especially popular with Temple Beth El youth: URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia, URJ 6 Points Sports Academy in Asheville, North Carolina, URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy in West Chester, PA and URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA. Camp Mindy, a day camp for preschoolers through teens, located conveniently in Shalom Park, is offered by the Levine JCC.