Beth Sholom offers a myriad of age-appropriate activities for youth from pre-school to high school. Youth programming focuses on engaging students in activities to help them gain an appreciation and understanding of Jewish culture, religion and heritage while giving them opportunities to interact with their peers, build lifelong friendships and make a difference in their community.
In addition to engaging in the monthly activities and the always-popular Chanukah Party and Purim Carnival, each year our children participate in Mitzvah Day, where they complete community service projects to help those in need in the greater Frederick community. Tzedakah projects benefit the homeless, nursing home patients, first responders and medical staff, members of the armed forces and victims of domestic violence.
PJ Library is a joint program between Beth Sholom, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Greenspoon Foundation to bring age-appropriate books to children on a monthly basis. This program is free of charge and is a great way to introduce young members to Jewish holidays and values. Sign up by visiting the PJ Library website.
Bonim and Machar
Social, athletic, craft and holiday-themed events are offered about once a month for children in Bonim (grades 1-2) and Machar (grades 3-5) youth groups. Children get to know one another outside the classroom through fun, age-appropriate activities. For additional information, or to contribute to the program, contact the adviser, Andrea Eyler.
Kadima and USY
Kadima (grades 6-8) and USY (grades 9-12) youth groups offer fun-filled social, athletic, community service and holiday-themed events once a month. The organization's mission is to empower Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish people, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.
Kadimaniks and USYers can attend regional events and USYers can also attend national and international conventions. On a more global level, members have an opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and travel throughout the United States, to Europe and to Israel. For additional information, or to contribute to the program, contact the adviser, Pam Lubing.