Youth Activities

Upcoming Events

  • NFTY Convention, a gathering of 1,000 Reform Teens – February 17th-20th, 2017 in Chicago!
  • MiTY Jr. Group Kallah at OSRUI, February 24 – 26, 2017.
  • MiTY Spring Kallah, April 20 – 23, 2017.  Hosts are needed!

Check the calendar for event details.

Kulanu

The three Reform congregations have joined together to provide a weekly youth group.

Every Tuesday, Kulanu meets for dinner at 6:00 p.m. then breaks up into sections of small groups. The three congregations (Sinai, Beth Israel Ner Tamid and Emanu-El) take turns hosting the teens from 6pm to 8pm.

In an attempt to offer deeper learning that students don’t get anywhere else, teens will experience and build their Jewish faith through the arts, social action and leadership.

MiTY: Milwaukee Temple Youth

MiTY is a part of the national Reform youth organization called NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) which works to bring religious, social action, educational, social and leadership elements into youth led and organized groups. NFTY works on three different levels:

  1. The local level – our NFTY affiliated youth group is MiTY, representing Congregations Shalom, Sinai and Emanuel-El.
  2. The regional level – MiTY is part of the NFTY Northern region, covering Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas.
  3. The North American level – NFTY Northern is one of 19 regions

Kabbalat Torah

10th Graders join for a weekly session with Rabbi Berkson for a confirmation type class to explore historical and current topics in Judaism.

Kabbalat Torah calls upon the Jewish student to begin the life-long task of struggling with Jewish thought, Jewish faith and the privilege of shaping Jewish destiny.

Born out of the creative impulse which is characteristic of Reform Judaism, Kabbalat Torah provides an opportunity for young people (generally at the conclusion of the tenth grade) to make public affirmation of their loyalty to God, Torah and Israel.

The ceremony of Kabbalat Torah has profound Jewish significance. It occurs on the festival of Shavuot which Jewish tradition understands as the anniversary of the revelation at Mt. Sinai. It thus becomes an occasion for the re-enactment of the giving and receiving of Torah.

For more information, on all these programs, please contact Rabbi Schaller at rabbilll@ceebj.org.

Youth Group Advisor

Danny Graybow will oversee programming for the Reform youth chapter in conjunction with Congregations Sinai and Shalom.

Not only was Danny a leader in his own Minneapolis youth group, but he was very involved in the Reform Movement’s national youth group leadership, including many kallot and three summers at URJ Kutz leadership camp. Now a student at UW-Milwaukee, he studies film, advertising and graphic design and is President of the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.

He is excited to engage Milwaukee’s teens in Jewish learning, social action and community building.