BJBE is committed to meeting the needs of our children of all ages. We offer opportunities for sacred friendship, connection, learning, social action, leadership, and fun. Events include social, cultural, and religious opportunities; all events have a social action component as well. Youth groups empower our younger people to become leaders both at BJBE and in their communities, provide children of all ages with incredible opportunities to build lasting friendships, develop a lifelong love for Jewish culture and tradition, and find their unique Jewish selves. While our young adults enjoy these activities with their friends, they strengthen the Jewish identities that will carry them to college and beyond.
BJBE has 3 youth groups:
SYG (Senior Youth Group) for grades 9-12
JYG (Junior Youth Group) for grades 6-8
KYG (K'tanim Youth Group) for grades 3-5
NFTY-CAR (National Federation for Temple Youth in the Chicago Area Region)
BJBE is part of NFTY, The National Federation of Temple Youth. NFTY 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 suburbs and surrounding cities of Chicago, as well as northwestern Indiana.