KYG (3rd-5th Grade)

What is KYG?

The K'tanim Youth Group (KYG) is an active Jewish community open to all of our fifth and sixth grade students. KYG empowers its members to become leaders both within the synagogue and out in their communities. In addition to our unique to BJBE events, KYG often teams up with other groups in the Chicagoland area to provide our kids the opportunity to engage with as many young Jewish friends as possible.

For more information, contact KYG Advisor Lauren Sandoval:

JYG (6th-8th Grade)

jyg top chef 16What is JYG?

BJBE is committed to meeting the needs of our children of all ages. To keep our tweens engaged with Judaism throughout their middle school years, we offer opportunities for sacred friendship, connection, learning, social action, leadership, and fun through our Junior Youth Group (JYG). While our young adults enjoy these activities with their friends, they strengthen the Jewish identities that will carry them to college and beyond. 

For more information, contact JYG Advisor Eddie Simon:

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Youth Trips

BJBE provides its youth with a variety of youth trip options. Each reflect experiential education at its finest, giving teens a unique new perspective of their Judaism and strengthening their identity as Jews.

ETGAR 36 Teen Civil Rights Journey

Thursday, February 2 – Sunday, February 5, 2017

Join Cantor Rayna Green on a powerful journey through the South this winter. ETGAR 36 is a trip open for 9th, 10th, and 11thgraders. With Judaism as our lens and social justice as our passion, students will learn how African Americans in the 1950s and 60s stood up to gain equality, and they will discover the role that Jews played in the Civil Rights Movement.

During this 4-day learning trip, students will strengthen their Jewish identity as they reflect on the many connections the Jewish people have with the African American community. They will walk away understanding why social justice is such an important value in Reform Judaism, and feeling empowered to make a difference in their home communities. They will also form lasting relationships within the BJBE community, as well as with three other north shore congregations; NSCI (Highland Park), Temple Beth-EL (Northbrook), and Congregation Sukkat Shalom (Wilmette).

On this trip, teens will stand where the civil rights movement all began in Montgomery, Alabama and learn about the Montgomery Bus boycott. They will celebrate Shabbat together at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the Selma-Montgomery March beatings. They will tour Selma and learn about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s involvement in the civil rights movement. They will go on a walking tour of Birmingham with a Reverend who was a civil rights worker in the 50s and 60s and was arrested, and so much more!

Contact: Cantor Rayna Green,

Information Session: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016

Jewish Life and G’milut Chasadim Trip to New Orleans

Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2017

Join fellow BJBE congregants in our ninth annual social action mission to New Orleans. We will continue to strengthen interfaith relationships with Christian and Jewish groups in the Crescent City, form new friendships within our BJBE community, and help rebuild communities in need. Together, we will also explore and enjoy the unique city of New Orleans.

Contact: Mike Goldberg,

Youth Calendar 2016-2017

All Youth Groups Chocolate Seder

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2:00-3:30 p.m. at BJBE


SYG Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6:30-7:30 p.m. at BJBE


SYG/JYG PADS Volunteering (Grades 8-12)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

5:00-9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church

824 Waukegan Road, Deerfield

RSVP ASAP – spots are limited!


SYG Lounge Night

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

6:30-8:30 p.m. at BJBE

Free Dinner Included!


SYG Comedy Sportz

Saturday, May 6, 2017

5:00-10:30 p.m. in Chicago


SYG Shul-In and Elections/Senior Graduation Party

May 12-13, 2017 at BJBE

7:30 p.m. Friday – 9:00 a.m. Saturday


SYG Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6:30-7:30 p.m. at BJBE

KYG Matzah Ball Shabbat & Undernighter

Friday, May 19, 2017

5:15-10:00 p.m. at BJBE

SYG (9th-12th Grade)

What is SYG?

BJBE's Senior Youth Group (SYG) is an active Jewish community open to all of our high school students. SYG empowers its members to become leaders both within the synagogue and out in their communities. Our Senior Youth Group is run almost entirely by an elected board of teenagers. This group of motivated leaders plans, publicizes and executes each event with guidance from our advisor and clergy. 

SYG meets for bi-weekly Lounge Nights (Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30PM), monthly events, and an annual weekend retreat at OSRUI where we learn, grow and have fun together as a chevra. We are also members of NFTY-CAR region where we are working on increasing our presence. Senior Youth Group is a great opportunity for the teenagers of BJBE to continue to explore their Jewish identities in a fun and supportive environment. 

2017-2018 SYG Board

President: Benjamin Bluman & Emma Rosenberg-Rappin 
Programing Vice President: Melanie Silver
Social Action Vice President: Abby Tzinberg
Religious and Cultural Vice President: Jeremy Stein
Membership Vice President: Madison Kaiz & Matthew Koss
Treasurer: Grant Fisher
Communications Vice President: Jon Olbur
Sophomore Representatives: Liza Bluman, Hailey Cooper, & Lisa Silverstein
Freshman Representative: Josh Ostach


Find us on Facebook!

You can always get more information and talk with your Youth Group friends on their Facebook page at

Teen Leadership

Besides having fun leading their friends in SYG and NFTY elected positions or in social action leadership roles, kids who participate in BJBE activities gain a valuable addition to college application forms. Additionally, impressive and meaningful opportunities are available for our teens to develop their leadership skills as teacher assistants (Machonikim) or as mentors.