Our youth programming provides age-appropriate opportunities for children at Beth Tzedec to become involved in the Synagogue community. Taking part in Beth Tzedec youth programs is a fantastic way to make friends, try something new and have fun. Our youth groups cover kindergarten to high school. There is no need to "join" any group; new participants are always welcome and are encouraged to bring along their friends, even those who are not members of Beth Tzedec.
Nitzanim (buds) is for children in senior kindergarten to Grade 2. Our goal for each Nitzanim program is to help the children grow, explore and begin to question. One of our Nitzanim highlights is our monthly "Cook and Shook" program with our shinshinim (Israeli Young Emissaries)—a great way to learn about Israel while tasting delicious food.
Kokhavim (stars) is for children in Grades 3 through 5. These programs encourage participants to reach for the stars. This year, our Kokhavim will be heading out on many adventures.
Kadima (forward) is for kids in Grades 6 through 8. This group takes on Tikkun Olam projects (TOPs), providing opportunities to help make the world a better place, one step at a time. They also participate in fun city-wide programming with kids from other synagogues.
BTUSY, our group for high school students, offers a full calendar of social, religious and ẖesed opportunities, many of which will provide community service hours. Teens are also invited to join the BTUSY Chapter Board and get involved in organizing, promoting and running teen programs at the shul. Beyond Beth Tzedec, our teens will be able to participate in USY on a city-wide and regional level, attending programs and conventions with teens from other synagogues across Ontario.
Our goal is to ensure that our calendar offers positive, engaging experiences for all children, through holiday programming, Israel engagement and social events. For more information about any of youth programs or events, please contact our Director of Education and Family Programming, Daniel Silverman at 416-781-3514 ext. 231.