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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 Junior Youth Group
The Junior Youth Group is for children in grades 5-6-7. We meet one Wednesday 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.

BATY is for high school students, grades 8-12. 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 2019 - 2020

Youth Group Dates 2019 - 2020


September 24    BATY - Senior Youth Group

September 25    Junior Youth Group


October 15        BATY Senior Youth Group 5:30 - 6:45

October 27        Junior Youth Group - Q-Zar - 6:00 - 7:30

October 29        BATY Senior Youth Group 5:30 - 6:45