The Young Israel Youth Department (YIEB Youth) provides weekly Shabbat minyanim and monthly programs for our community’s children and teens. Supported by the Shul and the YIEB Sisterhood, the Youth Department offers family programs, hosts regional Shabbatonim, coordinates community chesed projects, runs fun social programs and much, much more.
Groups: Shabbat and Beyond
From pre-school through high school, YIEB Youth has a youth group to meet your needs! Each group meets weekly for Shabbat morning minyan and monthly for a fun social program. Most social programs are scheduled for motzei Shabbat or Sundays. The Youth Department calendar also includes holiday programming, chesed projects and other special events.
Cocoa Club meets at 9:00 am each Shabbat morning for a little snack, a story and some playtime before Shabbat groups begin. It is open to those through 2nd grade.
Mommy, Daddy & Me is a weekly program for babies and pre-schoolers with a parent. There is free play time beginning at 10:15 a.m. each Shabbat and the formal, parent-led program begins at 10:45 a.m.
Nerot is for two and three year old children (without an accompanying parent). They meet each Shabbat morning at 10:00 a.m. where they have a chance to play, sing, daven and hear a Torah story. Nerot, their siblings and their parents are also encouraged to participate in periodic family programs.
Challot is our group for four year olds and children in Kindergarten. Our Challot enjoy Shabbat morning services each week at 10:00 a.m. Davening is age-appropriate and focuses on the meaning of tefillot. After davening participants have a chance
to play games and enjoy a treat. Challot also meets monthly to enjoy a fun craft or activity.
Kosot Yayin are children in 1st, and 2nd, and 3rd grades. They begin davening each Shabbat morning with increasing opportunities for leadership and exploration of tefillot. After davening they enjoy Jewish trivia, games and Shabbat snacks. Monthly programs are led by the Kosot Yayin madrichim and include trips, chesed projects and much more.
New this year is Mini-Minyan for 3rd through 5th graders.. As a gateway to teen minyan, participants are given more independence and encouraged to lead tefillot and explore weekly parshiot. After davening they enjoy some “chill time” and socialize. Monthly programs include trips, chesed projects and other innovative programs.
Nerot, Challot, and Kosot Yayin participate in two ‘peulot’ (activities) every Shabbat as a part of morning groups: a B’nei Akiva program that explores Israel in an interactive manner and a rotating peulah that explores chaggim, parsha and more through drama, sports, music and much more.
Teen Minyan is a self-governed complete Shabbat morning minyan that is led by YIEB teens who layn, daven and serve as gabbaim. Anyone who is a bar or bat mitzvah, through college is welcome on Shabbat. Additionally, YIEB middle school students and high school students meet monthly for special programming planned by the group’s board of students.
YIEB Youth’s commitment to Medinat Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael is an integral part of the program for all ages. YIEB Youth hosts B’nei Akiva Snif twice a month for children 3rd grade and up. The program explores the cultural, religious and social aspects of Israel through stories, song, games, food and more! Middle schoolers and high schoolers also enjoy onegs and seudah shlishit with our B’nei Akiva madrichim.
YIEB Youth and the Young Israel of East Brunswick offer many additional programs to enhance the lives of the children and teens. The youth are often the “centerpiece” of shul-wide programs, such as our annual Purim mesibah and the Shabbat morning component of our Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. The presence of our children, from toddler through high school students provides an exciting energy and the entire community benefits.
Examples of other, ongoing, programs include Vacation Day programs, Dor l’Dor, a motzei Shabbat parent-child learning and Matan, a unique Bat Mitzvah class. In addition, YIEB Youth hosts several Shabbatonim each year that attract high school and middle school students from throughout the tri-state area. Our most recent Shabbaton hosted well over 100 students!
Each group has two or three madrichim, or group leaders, that make a real connection with the participants and are present on Shabbatot and at other group programs. The youth program staff also includes a limited number of CITs.
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