January 28, 2023 |
Youth programming in our community supports and enhances the social, educational, and spiritual growth of our congregation’s young people. Temple Israel of Natick is a chapter of the HaNer USY, which is part of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s youth program (United Synagogue Youth, or USY). Programming goes from grade 3 through graduation from high school: Kadima serves youth in grades 3-5; Junior USY is 6th-8th grade; and Senior USY encourages high school students to become the young Jewish leaders of the next generation. In addition, Youth Programming is offered several times throughout the year for our students in grades K-2. USY offers the opportunity to interact with and befriend Jewish peers/participants on regional and national levels.
Youth Programs vary and can include sporting events, outdoor activities, social action projects, Shabbatons, and conventions. Our very own members lead Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Shillman House (an independent living facility in Framingham) as well as read Torah at Temple Israel, and raise funds for USY charities.
Our teens in grades 9-12 are a constant positive presence in congregational life. The high school students organize and run the Purim Carnival, plan and implement religious service, and participate in Temple programming in various ways. The involvement does not go unnoticed. In 2016, 2018 and 2019, Natick USY was named the “Chapter of the Year” in the New England USY region. Temple Israel’s young peopl
e have many opportunities to contribute their knowledge and enthusiasm to a wide variety of Temple and community-wide activities.
For further information, please contact Michelle Nelson, USY Advisor and Coordinator by email. Michelle grew up in the Temple Israel of Natick community and is also teaches Kindergarten in our Hebrew School.