The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah offers youth programming for children and teens that reflects ourcongregation’s core purpose: to nurture Jewish meaning, connection and continuity. Programs are designed to reinforce Jewish values, mitzvot (good deeds), team building, leadership development and socialization. Through diverse programming, we dedicate ourselves to the creation of a strong Jewish youth culture. This culture will build a solid foundation ensuring lifelong Jewish values, beliefs and identity. Most importantly – we have fun together!
For information or questions about Youth & Teen Programming at B'nai Jehudah, please contact Rabbi Kirzane.
Our wonderful advisors come to us with a passion for Jewish youth grouping, and a great background in the Jewish summer camp movement. When not activating, motivating and educating our TYG youth members to change the world, our TYG advisor Danny Todtfeld serves as a public school teacher. Danny Todtfeld is a 5th grade classroom teacher in the KCMO district and holds an added credential in special education. In his “free time” he is the debate coach for his school. Emily Williams, our JYG advisor, is the School Age Program Director for the Jewish Community Center and also works as a theatre tech at Blue Valley West. Emily teaches sixth grade religious school here at B’nai Jehudah.
Both of our advisors are thrilled to be part of the B’nai Jehudah youth programs and we are blessed to have them with us!
PBnJTYG (Senior High Youth Group)
People of B’nai Jehudah Temple Youth (PBnJTYG) is comprised of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Along with vibrant local programming, as a part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth – Missouri Valley, (NFTY – MV), our youth group brings together Reform Jewish Teens from Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado. Teens come together at many times during the year for learning, fun, worship, community services and fellowship to help young Jewish adults throughout the region building and strengthen lifetime ties with each other and Reform Judaism. Our local programs celebrate the fun of community, develop Jewish minds and nurture leadership skills.
PBnJTYG is B'nai Jehudah's high school youth group catering to 9th-12 graders and they have an INCREDIBLE year coming up! Make sure your teen doesn't miss out on anything. PBnJTYG is run by a board of B'nai Jehudah teens who were elected to office last spring. Please see below for a list of upcoming events and follow us on Twitter: @PBnJTYG
PBnJTYG will be hosting a kick-off event toward the end of August or the beginning of September. Check your emails for more details!
Click here to download the PBnJTYG Board “How to Run” document.
Click here to download the PBnJTYG Board Parent Letter.
Regional Event Scholarship Form:
Check here for information on scholarships available to youth participants and to download the Regional Event Scholarship form. Please return forms to the B'nai Jehudah office at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for each event to ensure time to process.
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Dor Chadash Junior Youth (JYG)
Dor Chadash or New Generation is B’nai Jehudah’s Junior Youth Group and is designed for our congregation's 7th and 8th graders. JYG offers exciting programming such as progressive dinners, teambuilding activities, amusement park adventures, etc as a way to meet other Jewish teens with similar interests. The Junior Youth Group also shares exciting programs with 7th and 8th graders from Congregation Beth Torah.
Dor Chadash introduces Jewish youth group life to 7th and 8th graders and prepares them for exciting and eventful opportunities in high school as active members of PBnJ our congregation’s Senior Youth Group for grades 9-12. JYG is great way to spend time with old friends and foster new ones while reinforcing the values we all want for our kids!
For more information or to register your teen, contact our JYG advisor: Emily Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By following the links below you will find the membership forms for becoming a member of PBnJ (9 – 12th grades) and Dor Chadash (7 – 8th grades). We hope you will consider joining us! Benefits of membership include leadership training, making life –long friends, finding unique ways to live Jewishly, traveling to regional events, discounts on local programs and a FREE PBnJ T – shirt!
After reading the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Code of Conduct, please sign on the appropriate line of the membership form. Please keep the Code of Conduct for your records.
Please also complete the NFTY Health and Safety Form for each child. This form is essential. All TYG members will need this form on file in order to participate in events.
Dues are critical to the funding of our programming for the year and are due prior to attending the first regional event of the year. We want all B’nai Jehudah teens to be able to participate and for youth group to be a welcoming place, regardless of financial abilities. There are a limited number of scholarships available for local and regional events for B'nai Jehudah members, so please get in touch if you have any concerns about payment. All scholarship inquiries will be kept confidential.
You can easily become a member by filling out the paperwork and either sending in a check or asking for your congregational account to be billed.