Youth

The Future’s So Bright, We’ve Got to Wear Shades

Posted on May 7, 2018

Years ago, when Pam and I first joined a Reform congregation, I noticed that the walls of the synagogue were adorned with pictures of young women and men in robes, usually accompanied by the rabbi and cantor. A small engraved plaque identified each photograph as the “Confirmation Class” of some year. The photos stretched back Continue Reading »

Shavuot: Celebrating the Gift of Torah

Posted on May 4, 2018

First, a little Hebrew. The three root letters of shavu’ot are shin-bet-ayin — the same root that yields the word sheva’, “seven, sevenfold, seven times.” (In the language of the Bible, sheva’ can also mean the less specific “many times.”) Sheva’ appears frequently in Jewish tradition. The sheva b’rachot, “seven blessings,” are recited at a Continue Reading »

Teen Activists of TBE

Posted on May 2, 2018

Every movement has a flashpoint that helps create a new generation of activists. Count TBE’s Erica Milgram, 18, and Mitchell Friedman, 17, among the young people across New Jersey and the country who say  they will no longer stay silent on issues impacting their generation and the world. Both say they were called to action Continue Reading »

Things Kids Hate About Seder

Posted on March 3, 2018

I don’t know what it means. It’s boring. It just drags on and on. There’s so much to read. I’m hungry. Being allowed to have only a small bite of food each time we say a blessing is torture. Horseradish doesn’t taste good. My extended family speaks different languages. I’m not allowed to text at Continue Reading »

Our Teens Experiencing and Changing the World

Posted on March 1, 2018

Our teens have had several terrific travel experiences over the past two months. In January, we launched a new overnight trip to New York City for our eighth and ninth graders. It was a tremendous success. We had fun and still learned so much. The itinerary included visits to the historic Central Synagogue for Shabbat, Continue Reading »

Working to Bend the Arc Toward Justice

Posted on November 1, 2016

As a teenager, I sometimes cannot comprehend what is going on in the world today. Very often I hear of acts committed across America, and across the world, steeped in hatred and ignorance. Far too often, I see hot button issues talked about in the same hurtful ways in which they were discussed decades ago. Continue Reading »

Thoughts from NFTY in Israel

Posted on September 1, 2016

A senior at Hillsborough High School and a member of our SMOOCHY Board, Sam spent a portion of his summer in Israel as part of the NFTY in Israel program. Here he offers reflections on the impact of the trip on his life. [Rapper] A$AP Rocky said it best, “Everything eventually becomes a memory, so Continue Reading »

Meet Rachel Frish, Director of Youth Engagement

Posted on September 1, 2016

Shalom y’all! My name is Rachel Frish and I am thrilled to be the new Director of Youth Engagement here at Temple Beth-El. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!) with a degree in communications. I have lived in Dallas, Texas for most of my life, but was born in Bergen Continue Reading »