Youth Engagement

Hello Temple Beth Abraham families!

L’Shana Tova and welcome to the new school year! Youth Engagement opportunities for all of our TBA children and teens will be resuming soon and I hope you are as excited as I am for the year to begin! While we wish we could all be together, in person, we will begin online. We will eventually move towards small in-person events and then, as soon as possible, begin the large in-person events we know and love.

We have so many opportunities for our Temple Beth Abraham youth and teens to be engaged in over the year and I cannot wait to share them all with you!

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining us, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

To receive more information Youth Programming or any of our kickoffs, please reach out to our Director of Youth Engagement, Stessa Peers, at youthdirector@tba-ny.org or schedule a meeting at: calendly.com/stessapeers.

 Chag Sameach and  L’Shalom!

Stessa


Youth Engagement at TBA includes many exciting programs and events for our k-12th graders! We provide exciting activities for students in grades kindergarten through twelve. Participants are involved in social, cultural, leadership, social action, and religious experiences. Our middle and high school students develop a love of Judaism and long-lasting friendships, both within our own youth group and in the NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) community.

Programming includes ZEETYkatan (grades kindergarden-2), ZEETYteeny (grades 3-5), Junior Youth Group (JYG) (grades 6-8), Senior Youth Group (ZEETY) (grades 9-12) events, and activities where both groups participate. Our youth groupers engage in activities at our temple and temples throughout our area. There are opportunities for weekend kallah events, where teens travel to various locations with other NFTY youth groups from the region.

Check out the individual sections below to learn about our Youth Groups, our Madrichim Program, Moving Traditions, Find Your Summer, and more!

Our Director of Youth Engagement is Stessa Peers.  She may be reached at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org


Youth Groups: ZEETY (Senior Youth Group for 9th-12th graders)

ZEETY, The Place to Be!

Temple Beth Abraham’s Senior Youth Group (ZEETY) is for our 9th-12th graders. ZEETY provides opportunities for teens to participate in fun activities (including shul-ins at TBA!), volunteer, form lasting friendships, and develop leadership skills; all through a Jewish lens! 

ZEETY is affiliated with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and NFTY-NAR (North American Region). NFTY events (like Fall, Winter, and Spring Kallah weekend retreats) are part of the ZEETY calendar. 

Interested in a leadership role? Join our ZEETY Board!


ZEEBO: ZEETY Executive Board

Join ZEEBO today!

Want to be more involved at TBA and with our youth groups?
Join ZEEBO: ZEETY’s executive board!

We hold monthly meetings where we plan and execute programs for grades K-12! We still need a few teens to fill out our board, so if you are interested please reach out! We also accept Standing Board Members (SBO) for teens who would like to attend some meetings but cannot be heavily involved.

Our current board:
President: Bella Greenspoon
Programming Vice President: Ian Ostroff
Social Justice Vice President: Sami Wilson
Membership VP: Ryan Gosset


Youth Groups: JYG (Junior Youth Group for 6th-8th graders)

Home for our 6th, 7th and 8th graders!

Temple Beth Abraham’s Junior Youth Group (JYG) is for our 6th-8th graders. JYG provides opportunities for tweens and teens to participate in fun, Jewish centered, activities (including a shul-in at TBA!), throughout the year! 

JYG is affiliated with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and NFTY-NAR (North American Region). We participate in events with other synagogues for our 689 (NFTY’s Junior Group for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) programming, as well as the 678 retreat! 


ZEETYteeny

ZEETYteeny:  Home to our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders!

ZEETYteeny provides opportunities for our younger grades to participate in fun, Jewish centered, activities (including a shul-in at TBA!), throughout the year! 


Youth Groups: ZEETYkatan (Youth Group for k-2nd graders)

Our Newest Youth Group!

ZEETYkatan is Temple Beth Abraham’s youth group for our k-2nd graders. ZEETYkatan is a ‘taste of youth group’ and gives our youngest students an idea of the fun that they will have in our upper youth groups! 


Madrichim Program

Become a Madrich or Madricha today!

Want to be more involved at TBA? Enjoy working with children? Be one of TBA’s Madrichim!

We recently launched a more interactive Madrichim program that will be much more than just coming to school on Sundays. Through an orientation, a workshop, and a shorter meeting, teens will work with the Madrichim Coordinator and their teacher to develop their skills as teen aides. 

Not only does this count as community service hours, but is a way to gain and strengthen skills, build your resume, and being more engaged at Temple Beth Abraham!


For more information about any of these programs, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org


FindYourSummer.org is the place for Jewish teens to discover summer experiences as unique as they are.

Teens and their families can use the site to search among more than 350 programs that appeal to different passions, interests, and backgrounds. From specialty programs focused on surfing and the arts, to social action projects and international travel opportunities, and so many more, there’s a perfect experience for every Jewish teen.

FindYourSummer.org is jointly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, and operated by The Jewish Education Project. Together, we’re working to bring fun and meaningful summer experiences to more Jewish teens.

Our Director of Youth Engagement, Stessa Peers, is a Find Your Summer Ambassador! Contact her today at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org for more information about the FYS program and find the best fit for you or your teen today!