Youth Group

Torat El Youth Groups

Congregation Torat El’s Youth Groups offer fun Jewish experiences in a social setting for kids in grades 4-12.  Youth programs are a way for kids to build lasting friendships through engaging programs and activities from laser tag to sleepovers. Our youth participate in social action projects, raise money for Tikkun Olam, celebrate holidays, spend Shabbat together, and have fun experiencing Judaism. By celebrating these important moments together we hope to further their love of Jewish tradition and community.

Youth groups are open to Jewish youth from the entire community.  Discounted membership is offered to synagogue members.

For more information about Torat El’s youth groups, and to get involved, contact Youth Director Jane-Rachel Schonbrun, youthgroup@torat-el.org

To join Kadima or USY, please print out the attached membership form, and bring or mail the completed form and membership dues to the synagogue office.

Junior Kadima (Grades 4 and 5)

Programs for Junior Kadima students are offered approximately four times a year. Events include: challah baking, holiday parties, game and movie nights, and a shul sleepover.

Kadima (Grades 6-8)

Kadima is part of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Youth Movement. Torat El Kadima programs are offered approximately once a month both in and out of the synagogue building.  Kadima activities include: games, sports, Israel activities, arts & crafts, shabbat and holiday celebrations, cultural activities, and social action projects.

There is a membership fee for this youth group (Congregation Torat El members receive a discount on Kadima membership, Kadima members receive a discount on event/activity fees).  All Jewish youth in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in events, regardless of membership.  Membership in Torat El Kadima also entitles students to attend activities in the Hagalil (NJ) Region.

Ocean United Synagogue Youth (USY) (Grades 9-12)

USY (United Synagogue Youth) is for high school students and is part of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Youth Movement. Ocean USY programs are held at least once a month both in and out of the synagogue building.  Activities include: sporting events, Israel activities, apple picking, shabbat and holiday celebrations, NY trips, lounge nights, and social action projects.  Regional events include dances and conventions.

There is a membership fee for this youth group (Congregation Torat El members receive a discount on USY membership, USY members receive a discount on event/activity fees).  All Jewish youth in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in events, regardless of membership.  Membership in Ocean USY also entitles students to attend activities in the Hagalil (NJ) Region.

Hagalil (NJ) Region
Members of Torat El Kadima and Ocean USY are also members of Hagalil, the New Jersey region of United Synagogue Youth.  Regionally, members have the opportunity to enjoy and grow personally and religiously through numerous conventions, week-long summer encampment, dances, and special programs.

International USY
USY members are also able to take advantage of USY’s unforgettable summer programs across North America, Israel, and Europe, as well as the annual International Convention.  Following graduation, USYers can participate in a year of living and learning in Israel through USY’s Nativ program.