Our young congregants at Sha'are Shalom make up a large and active part of our community. We strive to offer opportunities for our youth to get together outside their regular religious school program to socialize and have fun with their friends. Our congregation is proud to sponsor an active youth group program for students in grades six through twelve.
Kadima is the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism(USCJ) youth group program for students in grades six through eight. Sha'are Shalom's Kadima chapter is affiliated with USCJ Seaboard Region, which encompasses the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The group meets regularly for social activities and to participate in mitzvah projects. Our Kadima chapter takes part in all Seaboard regional activities which include a Fall and Spring Kallah (retreat) and a variety of other social events for the students
USY (United Synagogue Youth) is the USCJ youth group program for high school students. USY provides the opportunity for social outings, educational programs, leadership training, conventions and community service programs. The group meets regularly for social activities and to participate in mitzvah projects. In addition to chapter events, the group holds events with other local chapters and participates in all Seaboard regional activities. seaboardusy.org
Kadima and USY
Keep in touch and have fun with Kadima and USY!
See the Newsletter or Kadima/USY email for more information and a link to participate!
SOURCES OF STRENGTH TRAINING FOR TEENS
We will be offering the Sources of Strength Training program for all our congregational teens in grades 8-12. Joanne Trimmer, congregant and Director of Program and Community Relations with the Ryan Bartel Foundation, will be leading the program and members of the Sha'are Shalom staff trained in the program will be assisting.
Sources of Strength is a training program that brings peer leaders together in partnership with caring adults. The program uses a fun-filled style of active learning to encourage open discussion about the very real problems that youth face and about identifying the sources of strength that are often helpful for those problems. It also lets students experience different ways of coping with problems that they themselves may have. For youth that are in distress and may be considering ending their lives by suicide, this program provides concrete steps about how this person can receive help from trusted adults and how as peers they can connect friends to help and support.
We are grateful to Joanne and the Ryan Bartel Foundation for giving our teens this opportunity to participate in the program.
A warm welcome to our new Youth Advisor, Ashley Birman!
"I am so excited to get to know all of the Kadimaniks and USYers and help their ideas and programs come to life. I hope to continue to help build this community and encourage excitement and a strong Jewish identity within its members."