BJBE is proud to be a member of NFTY-CAR (National Federation for Temple Youth in the Chicago Area Region)!

NFTY, The National Federation of Temple Youth, is the Reform Jewish religious youth movement that fosters leadership at the national, regional and congregational levels. NFTY-CAR brings together Reform Jewish high schoolers from the city of Chicago, the surrounding urban and suburban areas, and northwestern Indiana.

NFTY 678 Kickoff in Chicago
Saturday, October 21, 2017
6:00-9:00 p.m.

NFTY Nashir Teen Songleading Seminar at North Shore Congregation Israel
November 17-19, 2017

NFTY Winter Kallah in Chicago
January 12-15, 2018

NFTY 678 Kallah at OSRUI
February 23-25, 2018

NFTY Kolbo Retreat at OSRUI
April 6-8, 2018

NFTY & NFTY 678 Pop Up Events
Times, Dates, & Locations TBD


Learn more about NFTY-CAR>>

Youth Group Calendar

JYG Shul In and Matzah Ball Shabbat
April 20-21, 2018
6:00 p.m. Friday – 9:00 a.m. Saturday at BJBE

SYG/JYG Cooking for PADS
Sunday, April 22, 2018
2:00-5:00 p.m. at BJBE

SYG Shul-In and Elections
May 4- 5, 2018
7:00 p.m. Friday – 9:00 a.m. Saturday at BJBE

KYG Matzah Ball Shabbat and Undernighter
Friday, May 18, 2018
5:15-10:00 p.m. at BJBE

Teen Mission to Kolin and Israel
June 14-25, 2018

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 Cantor Rayna Green

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 Cantor Rayna Green

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Youth Trips

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

L’Taken RAC (Religious Action Center) Trip
Friday, January 26 – Monday, January 29, 2018
Every year nearly 2,000 high school-age students participate in the Union for Reform Judaism Religious Action Center's L'Taken Seminar in Washington, D.C. The program is designed to expose students to a variety of public policy issues, explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and to teach the skills of an effective advocate.
Contact: Dani Glass

Teen Mission to Kolin and Israel
June 14-25, 2018
Led by BJBE clergy and Ezra Kedar, we’ll tend to the graves of those who once prayed with our Kolin Torah Scrolls in the Czech Republic, visit Terezin Concentration Camp, and stroll the streets of picturesque Prague. We will then journey home to Israel where we’ll savor as much of our beautiful country as possible, from the Knerret in the North, to Masada in the South, and beautiful Jerusalem at the heart. 
Learn More >>


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


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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.