Temple Emanuel Youth Commission
The Youth Commission is responsible for creating, sustaining and overseeing the quality and scope of Temple Emanuel’s youth program. It serves as the liaison between all youth groups and the congregation. It is both the adult advocate for youth programming and the agent of the congregation, ensuring philosophies, policies, and standards of the synagogue are implemented.
Role of the Youth Commission:
- Provide advice, guidelines, support and ideas to the youth advisers and members of the youth programs
- Approve, create, convey policy regarding youth programming
- Provide adult volunteers to kids’ programming as needed
- Help arrange for drivers, chaperones, food & other needs as they arise
- Provide advice, guidance and ideas to the youth groups
- Encourage parental participation as needed
- Create, approve, & convey policy decisions affecting the youth programs
- Coordinate with the Religious School Principal
- Other responsibilities as needed.
Who do we serve?
TEMTY (Temple Emanuel Temple Youth), is our youth group for 9th – 12th graders.The events are scheduled and organized by TEMTY and run by the members themselves. The high schoolers take on leadership roles by suggesting, planning and carrying out events, fundraisers and social action projects throughout the year. Members also have the opportunity to serve on the TEMTY board, a group of approximately eight students responsible for leading monthly meetings and developing programs and special services throughout the year. Members of TEMTY also participate in the regional and national Reform Jewish youth community through their region in NFTY (the North American Federation of Temple Youth). NFTY-NE, a regional organization comprised of congregations from Albany to Boston and from Connecticut to Quebec, hosts several regional events through the year, including two seasonal events at the URJ Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, MA, and the annual Fall Levi Leap Dance at Temple Beth Am in Framingham, MA.. Membership in TEMTY is $36 annually for Temple members and $136 for non-temple members.
Jr. TEMTY includes 6th through 8th graders. Jr. TEMTY holds social events as a prologue to the senior youth group experience. It aims to create a sense of leadership and ownership of the organization. A variety of social and community outreach events will occur throughout the year.
TEMTY K’tanim includes 3rd through 5th graders. In Hebrew the word “k’tanim” means “little ones,” and this group makes up the youngest of our three Temple Emanuel youth groups. TEMTY K’tanim events occur periodically during the school year.
For more information, please contact Neal Roberts.