Youth Group Activities
Post bnei mitzvah teens, 8th – 12th graders, are invited to participate in monthly social gatherings. Some gatherings will celebrate the season or holidays and all gatherings will build fun and community.
Formerly the East Bay USY, we are calling our group YFJ, Young Fresh and Jewish. You can find us on Facebook here.
This spring, we welcome two advisors, Sarah Benchimol and Sylvie Rosen, who will be leading monthly events as well as staffing USY retreats.
Our spring dates include:
– Sunday Feb. 9, Tu B’Shevat Seder activity, 6-8pm
– Friday-Sunday Feb. 14-16 (USY shabbaton– see below)
– Sunday March 15
– Sunday April 19
– Saturday May 2
Details coming. If you have questions, write to:  eastbayusy@gmail.com.
USY Regional Events and links

USY regional events and links
While we are not officially a USY chapter, we are affiliated with the New Frontier Region, and our teens are welcome to participate in regional events.

Teens have opportunities to work staffing Youth Programs at Netivot Shalom.
This includes our after-school programs, Shabbat and holiday childcare.
If you are interested, contact our Youth and Family Education Director– yfed@netivotshalom.org
2018-2019 Teen Program: ShabbOptions for the teenage heart, mind, body and soul

Faced with increased social, academic, familial, and internal pressures, teens need a place of respite, friendship and perspective on their daily lives. Teen ShabbOptions offers a gathering place and time to nourish teens, counteracting weekly stresses, inviting “active” refreshing and restoration in a Shabbat community of peers.

Starting in the Spring of 2019, we’ll meet on Shabbat from 1 – 4pm for food, catching up, checking in, and deepening our humanity. For more info, contact Faryn Borella, Teen Program Coordinator at teens@netivotshalom.org.

In addition to time for rest and restoration, we will have have facilitated conversations around topics teens choose in conversation with Jewish texts, such as:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • School and Stress Management
  • Race and Racism
  • Dating and Sex
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Anti-Semitism and Christian Hegemony
  • Religion: Being Jewish in High School
  • What comes next? College, Work and the “Real World”
  • Israel/Palestine
  • Other Topics proposed by teens

Future options for teens may include engaging with community educators or programs such as:

  • Queer Talmud Study
  • Love Shouldn’t Hurt
  • Judaism and Social Justice
  • Community Organizing and Activism
  • Mindfulness and Meditation/ Hitbodedut
  • The Nigun Collective
  • Midrash Theater
  • Collective ritual-making for Shabbat: Designing and Running Services by and for Teens
  • Other programs proposed and/or run by teens

Save these dates for upcoming Teen ShabbOptions for the Teenage Heart, Mind, Body and Soul:

Feb.2, Feb. 16, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 30, Apr. 13, Apr. 27, May. 11

Questions? Ideas? Contact Faryn, teens@netivotshalom.org

The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative (Teen Initiative) is a project of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, in partnership with Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, and with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Jewish Community Federation
Jim Joseph Foundation

Jewish Federation of the East Bay