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Youth Groups

Registration for Youth Group Membership 2020-2021 is open!

Cheryl Katz  |  858-452-1734 x 224


Kadima, meaning "forward" or "let's go" in Hebrew, is a youth group for children in grades K-6. This group meets during the school year as a way to develop strong Jewish friendships and connections to the Jewish community. Through chapter and regional events, Kadimaniks become aware of a larger Jewish world while learning how to become a part of it.

We create experiences for our Kadimaniks with some programs tailored for select age groups and other programs inclusive of all age ranges. While our older Kadimaniks may attend Kadima Kinnus at Camp Ramah or participate in a Sukkot Sleepover, or a day at Belmont Park, or Kanvas & Kookies (painting and cookie decorating), our younger ones may participate in tie-dye day or movies. Shared activities may include on and off site activities like Jewish cultural events, Snow Day, bowling and more.

Becoming a member of Kadima includes discounts to events and the opportunity for Kadimaniks to hang out with Jewish friends their age in a safe, social, and educational Jewish environment. We hope you give Kadima a try! For more information, click here. To register, click  here


Beth El Teens / USY

United Synagogue Youth is an International Conservative Jewish youth group for 7th - 12th grade teens. Our chapter of Beth El USY is divided into Jr USY (7th & 8th) and Sr USY (9th - 12th), where we have become a close knit group that participates in our TNT Lounge nights; Far West Regional Kinnusim; and social weekend programming like dances, a Disneyland trip, camping and a USY Shabbaton. USY provides participants with a strong Jewish identity and in incredible social network of Jewish friends. Participants are not only given unbeatable leadership opportunities, but are also introduced to religious learning, a connection with Israel, and the importance of tikkun olam, each fostering a connection to a greater Jewish community. USY also offers summer trips to Israel as well as various bus trips which introduce Jewish values and tradition. Register here

meet the staff

My name is Emily Curtis and I am one of the Youth Advisors here at Beth El. I grew up going to USY (at Beth Am in San Diego) and I'm so glad I get to be back helping youth have the same experiences I did. I went on Nativ (a gap-year programme in Israel) and then went on to study Human Development and Family Studies as well as Rehabilitation and Human Services and Penn. State. I love to travel, hike, eat and try new things!

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Hello! My name is Rachel Schipper and I am a Teacher/ USY Advisor here at Beth El! I am also a senior at UCSD majoring in economics and minoring in dance.

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Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782