Jewish Youth Groups
B'nai B'rith Youth Organization
BBYO is the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement for teens in grades nine through 12. It is a youth-led, adult-advised group with chapters throughout the
AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph)
Advisor: Brian Neff
AZA, the boys’ component of BBYO, was founded in 1924. The local chapter is Rabbi William Greenberg Allentown AZA #156.
BBG (B’nai B’rith Girls)
Advisor: Alicia Zahn
BBG is the girls’ component of BBYO which began in 1927. The local chapter is Ner Tamid 1188 Allentown BBG.
KITY is the Senior Youth Group of Congregation Keneseth
Middle KITY, for grades 6 through 8, aims to form a cohesive community among Jewish peers in the middle school grades at KI, create life-long friendships, and pique members' interests in Judaism. The group holds monthly activities including, but not limited to, movie nights, Havdallah, roller skating and a pool party, all the while throwing in some Judaic flavor. Through spending time together, the participants learn more about each other and their culture.
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Bnei Akiva of the
Bnei Akiva members strive to live lives of Torah V’Avodah, combining Torah learning and observance with active contribution to the Jewish people and society, to bring about the rebirth of the Jewish Nation on its land. Bnei Akiva creates leaders who assume responsibility for their community, who take initiative and who actualize the ideals of Torah V’Avodah by making aliyah.
Bnei Akiva programs for the
National Conference of Synagogue Youth
The chapter is divided into a junior division for grades 5 through 8 and a senior division for grades 9 through 12. NCSY is a multifaceted Jewish youth group offering social and educational programming in hundreds of communities across the
For Jewish pre-teens and teenagers, NCSY is a relaxed, fun environment to learn about their own heritage. Throughout the school year, “NCSYers” enjoy building leadership skills, participating in chesed programs and getting involved with the
NCSY’s programming begins on the chapter level. There are hundreds of local NCSY chapters across the country that offer educational and social events for Jewish teens. All chapters are part of an NCSY region, and there are 12 NCSY regions in
NCSY’s history dates back to the 1950s, when chapters around the country began to form and were slowly woven into a national organization with well-defined halachic standards. Today, NCSY reaches out to both public school and yeshiva students who wish to increase their commitment to Judaism. It is not rare to find second-generation NCSYers at NCSY events around the country. More exciting than its past, however, is NCSY’s future. Still growing every year, NCSY is constantly adding new members and developing in new communities. Come be a part of one of the most exciting youth groups in the country.
Our Kadima chapter provides younger members of our congregation (grades 4 through 8) with an opportunity to join together in fun social activities, as well as programs that benefit others. Kadima also participates in programs with the USY group several times throughout the year.
USY organizes such activities as laser tag, bowling, billiards, corn maze tours, movie nights, plays, mall scavenger hunts and other fun programs. We participate in Schule-In’s, dances, USY regional conventions, international conventions and other larger events.
Our USY chapter has a governing board with elected positions that nurtures leadership in its members and encourages responsible roles in the planning and executing of programs and fundraising activities.
We provide the youth of our congregation and affiliated organizations with the opportunity to participate in local services for the community (including visits to retirement homes and other outreach programs), our synagogue (including involvement in youth-directed religious services), temple members, the religious school and other groups having needs) and individuals.
We raise tzedakah for national, regional and local needs and help nurture those younger than us by encouraging them to participate in Kadima. Our governing board includes a membership position, indicating the importance of this relationship.
We welcome all inquiries and look forward to answering questions and fulfilling the needs of those who are interested.