Youth Engagement

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. 

For more information and to learn how to join ZEETY, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org

Interested in a leadership role? Join our ZEETY Board! Check out the tab below for more information!

Upcoming events:

ZEETY Kickoff : September 22, 2019 from 11am-1pm at TBA

To register: https://forms.gle/ftj4YThzBSzRfmhZ6

Check out our Kickoff flyer

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: Jenna Herzog
Programming Vice President: Shira Holtz
Communications Vice President: Noah Bonett
Junior Youth Groups Vice President: Bella Greenspoon

For more information or to join ZEEBO, please email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org

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! 

For more information and to learn how to join JYG, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org

Upcoming events:

JYG Kickoff : October 5, 2019 from 4:30pm-6:30pm

To register: https://forms.gle/MnTthu8c7Pk1iHs9A

Check out our Kickoff flyer

ZEETYteeny (Youth Group for 3rd-5th graders

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

ZEETYteeny is Temple Beth Abraham’s youth group for our 3rd-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! 

For more information and to learn how to join ZEETYteeny, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org

Upcoming events:

ZEETYteeny Kickoff : October 5, 2019 from 2pm-4pm

To register: https://forms.gle/WLHLzg8y2DS4f7bG6

Check out our Kickoff flyer

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! 

For more information and to learn how to join ZEETYkatan, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org

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!

This year, we are launching 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 or to sign up to be one of our madrichim, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org or Yanira Quinones, Director of Education, at educator@tba-ny.org

Check out our Madrichim Flyer!

Moving Traditions

*NEW* Rivertowns Moving Traditions group for 8th and 9th graders from Temple Beth Abraham, the Shames JCC, and Greenburgh Hebrew Center is starting its inaugural year! Registration is open!

Let’s face it, it is NOT easy being a teenager. Even outside of school, the pressure is on, and issues like self-esteem, body image, competition, and relationships add to the noise. This is why real friendships and trusted mentors are important, and the values and support of Jewish community can be a positive guiding force. And this is why Moving Traditions created Rosh Hodesh and Shevet. Once a month, teens will meet monthly, on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, at the Shames JCC on the Hudson, in small peer groups with trained adult mentors. Teens bond and have open conversations in a safe space. Rosh Hodesh and Shevet both have a positive and lasting impact on teens, empowering them to become strong, confident, and happy young adults.

Our Moving Traditions groups, Rosh Hodesh and Shevet, will challenge your teens to think critically about and apply Jewish wisdom to the issues that matter to them most, including academic stress, friendship, body image, and peer pressure. Moving Traditions’ programs fill an important need in teens’ lives. Through supportive peers, an inspiring adult mentor, and of course your love and support as a parent, we aspire to empower your teen to grow into a healthy, successful, and connected Jewish adult.

Sign-up for Moving Traditions here.

For more information, email Stessa Peers at YouthDirector@tba-ny.org

Check out our Moving Traditions Flyer!

Find Your Summer

Find Your Summer Today!

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!

Check out our Find Your Summer Flyer!