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Youth Programs (Youth Groups)

Mark Derwin, Youth Director

Temple Beth Am has three vibrant Youth Groups for children grades 5-12. Our Advisor, Mark Derwin, has been involved with Youth Groups for more than 30 years and has been running the programs at Beth Am for more than 20 years. He has a strong background from camps like Eisner and Kutz as well as his own Youth Group experiences in LIFTY and NFTY. He believes that children who come to Youth Group stay active in their Temples longer, and go on to have a stronger sense of their Jewish Identity. Information about our meetings is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions about the youth programs, please feel free to contact Mark at Mark_Derwin@IBI.com.

The 56 Club
The 56 Club is for children in grades 5-6. We meet one Sunday a month, and whether it is an in house meeting or a trip, we always a lot of fun. In the past, our trips have included: laser tag, rock climbing, swimming, bowling, miniature golf, gaga and the New York party zone. We are always looking for new and exciting places to visit. Our in-house meetings include scavenger hunts, Chanuka parties and chocolate seders.

The 78 Club
The 78 Club gets the best of both worlds. This group is for children in grades 7-8. We meet one Tuesday a month, right before Hebrew High. We have fun meetings like Jeopardy and scavenger hunts as well as Chanuka parties and chocolate seders. We also have discussions on topics that concern middle school aged children like stress and substance abuse. Most of the time, members are invited to come on the Sunday trips as well.

All meetings are Tuesday nights from 5:30 - 6:45. 

BATY is for high school students, grades 9-12. BATY meets two Tuesdays a month, right before Hebrew High. This group is devoted to both fun and learning. While in house games like Scruples and Pictionary are played, we also learn leadership and programming skills. Members of this group are asked to help out at Temple events like the Purim Carnival, the sandwich Mitzvah and blood drives. They also help run the 56 Club in house meetings. Members of this group earn community service as well as letters of recommendation for college, scholarships, programs and jobs.

All meetings are Tuesday nights from 5:30 - 6:45.

Meeting Dates for 2016 - 2017 (Dates are subject to change!)

Tuesday September 27
Tuesday October 25
Tuesday November 15
Tuesday November 29
Tuesday December 6
Tuesday December - Chanukah Party
Tuesday January 10
Tuesday January 24
Tuesday February 7
Tuesday February 28 - Shalloch Manos
Tuesday March 7
Tuesday March 28
Tuesday April 4 - Chocolate Seder
Tuesday April 25
Tuesday May 9
Tuesday May 23 - Closing Meeting
Friday June 2 - BATY Shabbat