Temple Chaverim’s youth group — CHATY (CHAverim Temple Youth) — provides our youth an opportunity to engage in interesting and meaningful activities with their Jewish peers. CHATY is divided into a senior youth group (for grades 9-12) and a junior youth group (JCHATY), for 5th through 7th graders.
Mini CHATY (3rd and 4th graders) will have its own programming and activities appropriate for that age group. CHATY is proud to be a part of NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and is part of the worldwide Reform Jewish youth organization of NeTZeR.
Our calendar consists of an array of fun-filled events, social action projects, and holiday celebrations that seek to strengthen their connection to Judaism by building upon past Jewish experiences while creating new ones.
The bonds formed in youth group often last a lifetime! Past events have included trips to Broadway shows, a visit to the Carnegie Deli, a NYC Scavenger Hunt, Gaga for Tzedakah, and our amazing Purim Carnival. Rabbi Debra Bennet, the congregation’s Associate Rabbi, oversees all youth programming, joined by Temple Chaverim’s enthusiastic and outgoing youth engagement staff led by Youth Engagement Specialist Dana Holzer.
Rabbi Bennet and the staff will be working in tandem with an outstanding committee of adult volunteers under the leadership of the Youth Committee. Rabbi Bennet will be working with CHATY, while the youth staff will focus on JCHATY and mini CHATY.