Temple Beth El With nearly 700 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities. Temple Beth El’s two main auxiliaries, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, each have an active agenda of programs, services and activities. Temple Beth El is affiliated... Read More
Youth



Temple Beth El Youth Groups

MaTTY at Spring Kallah 2016

Temple Beth El offers exciting opportunities for middle school and high school teens to participate in social activities, social justice and worship programming through our Senior and Junior Youth groups, MaTTY and MuTTY.

 

MaTTY: Mad Town Temple Youth, our youth group for 9th-12th graders.  For more information about MaTTY Happenings please contact Naomi Segal, the MaTTY advisor, at matty@templebethelmadison.org. MaTTY is part of NFTY-Northern.

 

MuTTY: Temple Beth El’s Junior Youth Group, our youth group for 5th-8th graders. Check out MuTTY’s upcoming programs here. For more information about MuTTY Happenings, please contact Kim Rosemthal, the MuTTY advisor, at mutty@tbemadison.org. MuTTY is a part of NFTY678!


Say What’s Your Name? Say N-F-T-Y!

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NFTY Members at the Terrace at UW-Madison

 

MaTTY is a branch of NFTY  and is specifically part of the NFTY Northern Region, which serves Jewish Teens in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Manitoba, Canada, Sioux Falls, SD, and Rockford, IL. NFTY works in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students.

 

NFTY is part of the family of Union for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs. URJ Youth provides young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America, and around the world, including camps, Israel trips and social action/service learning travel programs.

 

Our Movement was founded as the youth arm of Reform Judaism in 1939 at the urging of Women of Reform Judaism (then known as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods).

 

With over 900 congregations and 1.5 million Jews, Reform Judaism is the largest and most vibrant Jewish movement in all of North America.


 Summer Experiences:

Stay closer to home:

URJ Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute  (Oconomowoc, WI)
Our regional camps offer programs for middle and high school students.

URJ Tour La’Agam – Teen Bike Tour (Based out of Oconomowoc, WI but travels to Michigan)
A bicycle ride on the Lake Michigan shoreline, offering hundreds of miles for exploration.

Travel North America & The World

URJ Mitzvah Corps (North America, Central America & Israel)
Participants volunteer in immersive social action, helping to make a real difference regionally and globally.

NFTY in Israel (Israel & Europe)
Four weeks of unforgettable personal discovery, hiking and exploration in Israel.

NFTY-EIE High School in Israel Summer Session (Israel)
An accredited summer program for students in grades 10-12th, offering the opportunity to live and study in Israel while earning high school and college credit.

URJ 6 Points Sports Academy (Greensboro, NC & Los Angeles, CA)
A top-tier sports camp teamed up with the richness of a Jewish experience.

URJ Kutz Camp (Warwick, NY)
A specialized leadership camp, where teens get to customize their own program focused in music, creative arts, advocacy and more.

URJ Just Act NYC (Brooklyn, NY)
Teens with a passion for theater get to strengthen their craft by working alongside professional actors in a real performance space.

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy (near Boston, MA)
Bright young minds blend science and technology in a rich Jewish camp experience.

Scholarships from NFTY:

NFTY is committed to working in conjunction with teens and parents, and their home congregations, to make a summer experience possible for everyone. The amount of scholarship awarded to each family will be based on the number of applicants and level of need. To request a scholarship, please complete our online application.

On a case-by-case basis, additional scholarship money may be available from your synagogue and/or local UJA Federation office. We encourage you to explore these options as well.


Midrasha Post B’nai Mitzvah Information

Beth El teens also have the opportunity to study alongside students from other congregations in the Madison area through the Midrasha Jewish High School, which is jointly sponsored by the synagogues and the Jewish Federation.

If you have already have had your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, then Midrasha could be your next step in your journey in Jewish education.  Please click 2015 2016 Midrasha Flyer for more information.


We also offer our teens the chance to be employed as teaching assistants in Jewish studies. Those students who have completed the Cantor’s post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah course may be hired as teacher assistants in Wednesday Hebrew school or for the Hebrew review portion of our Religious school program, and they are also eligible to become a member of Team Torah, where lay persons read or chant from the Torah scroll at various Temple services.

Our school students and youth work with our Rabbi, Cantor, Educator, Youth Advisors, and Teachers, who help students to develop positive communal and individual relationships. Through the Jewish experiences our youth have, they learn a love for their heritage, deepen their connection to Israel and the Jewish People, and accept the sacred obligation to take part in tikkun olam (repair of the world).