At Temple Har Shalom, our children are not simply here because their parents are members, they’re here because this is their home as well. The question often arises, “What’s the difference between our youth programming and our Religious School – aren’t they both for our children?” While enrollment and continuing education in the Religious School provides an unparalleled base for a student’s Jewish education, non-classroom social activities offer another vital component to a child’s connection with their Judaism. Youth Programming provides our children an outlet to forge their own personal, lifelong connections to their Judaism and the Jewish community. There are countless numbers of THS graduates who cite their experiences with our Temple Youth Groups as key aspects in developing and maintaining lifelong connections to Judaism.
At Temple Har Shalom, our Youth Programming strives to be more than simply an outlet to share in the occasional social outing; we look to make our students realize that they are Congregants themselves! Leadership opportunities, community-wide projects, and the forging of lifelong friendships allow us to do our part in raising the next generation of committed Jewish adults.
Our Youth Groups allow our children to embrace their heritage, create a real connection to their religion, and become the next generation of Reform Jews that we all aspire them to be. We see our Youth Groups as a vital component to this development.
For further information, please reach out to our Director of Congregational Education, Lynn Anne Cutler, at email@example.com, or give us a call at (732) 356-8777.