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Youth Organizations

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Adath USY and Youth Department
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-545-2913
Director of Youth Engagement: Sue Shrell Leon

Adath USY (Grades 9-12), Kadima (Grades 7-8) and Maccabees (Grades 4-6) are the youth programs of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, as well as monthly meetings for Rosh Hodesh for eighth grade girls and Shevet Achim for eighth grade boys. In addition there is a Teen Heschel Society Study Group. The Youth Department provides the opportunity for social, educational, social action and Israel-related programs throughout the year. We also strive to provide leadership development opportunities for our youth. The Youth Department is responsible for the production of the Purim Carnival with games, activities and the silent auction. Additionally, Adath USY and Kadima put on a show each year. We participate in regional and international conventions, and Israel trips, and provide many other programs.


North Star BBYO
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Fax: 952-381-3401
Program Director: Justin Shanedling

BBYO is a pluralistic youth movement open to all Jewish teens in grades nine through 12. Throughout BBYO’s more than 85-year history, the organization has brought leadership and community service opportunities, Jewish education, connection to Israel and positive identity to thousands of Jewish youth in North America and beyond. Although the structure may differ depending upon the needs and design of the Jewish population, the basis is the same: BBYO provides meaningful Jewish experiences for Jewish teens everywhere. BBYO’s international affiliates are important to the mission of the organization and the teens who comprise it. By bringing Jewish teens from across the world together, opportunities for exchanges of culture and Jewish tradition add value and community to their experience. We invite Jewish teens everywhere, worldwide alumni, and Jewish community members and leaders from all over the world to get involved in celebrating BBYO’s past and supporting BBYO’s future.


BBYO Connect

BBYO Connect is a division of BBYO aiming to create a community of sixth, seventh and eighth graders through social and meaningful experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life. BBYO Connect offers teens a variety of experiences to help bridge the gap between pre-and post-Bar/Bat Mitzva and high school programs. The purpose is to provide middle school students with a positive experience in which they can get together with camp, school and synagogue friends, as well as meet new teens from all over Minneapolis.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Youth Groups
13613 Orchard Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-933-3238
Senior Rabbi: David Locketz
Associate Rabbi: Jill Crimmings
Rabbi Emeritus: Norman Cohen
BeSTY (high school): Aly Jones
Junior Youth Group (Grades 7 & 8): Erika White
Junior Youth Group (Grades 3 – 6): Jen Friedman

Our younger students have opportunities to create community through grade-level activities that are planned by our youth group coordinators. Our high school students are members of BeSTY (Bet Shalom Temple Youth), which is affiliated with the international Reform Youth Movement called NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth). NFTY hosts quarterly retreats called kallot and many of our students are encouraged to attend Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), our movement’s summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI, where Rabbis Locketz and Cohen serve as faculty members. To learn more about OSRUI, visit:


Beth El Synagogue B’resheet — Youth Programs for Fifth and Sixth Graders
5225 Barry St. W.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Youth Director: Andrew Freeman

For fifth and sixth graders, weekly programs give this group a taste of the Jewish youth group experience.


Beth El Synagogue Kadima — Youth Programs for Seventh and Eighth Graders
Youth Director: Andrew Freeman

For seventh and eighth graders, this program invites our youth to become more involved with the Youth Department. A wide variety of programs are held once a month.


Beth El Synagogue — USY
Youth Director: Andrew Freeman

An award-winning chapter of United Synagogue Youth, an international organization, Beth El USY puts together several programs each month, and a variety of social, Israeli, religious and social action programs throughout the year for Jewish youth, grades nine to twelve.


Beth Jacob USY
1179 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Fax: 651-452-0573
Youth Director: Evana Kvasnik

BJUSY (for grades 9-12), BJ Kadima (for grades 6-8), and BJuniors (for grades 3-5) are the youth groups of Beth Jacob Congregation. We are committed to providing a fun, safe, inclusive and educational Jewish environment for youth to live up to USY’s motto: “To Learn, to Teach, to Do.” All Jewish teens are welcome!


Jewish Committee on Scouting in Minnesota
Contact: Scott Shmikler, 952-270-5174

JCOS informs and provides leadership to the Jewish community about programs of scouting and helps to make scouting available to all Jewish youth in the Northern Star Council area. We develop and identify funding sources for scout scholarships. We also promote Jewish learning within scouting and enable Jewish religious practices while scouting.


Boy Scout Troop 738
Scoutmaster: Bob McSherry, 952-915-6150

Troop 738 gives boys, ages 11 through 18, a chance to experience scouting and the great outdoors through the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 738 is chartered by the Sabes JCC and is aligned with its values and vision, and is therefore fully inclusive of the broad spectrum of our community. The lessons learned are more important than rank advancement or merit badges. Scouting teaches many skills, including leadership, and gives recognition to the young men and volunteers for their accomplishments and their efforts. Boy Scout Troop 738 is a member of the Northern Star Council, the mission and focus of which is “to provide a supportive environment for all young people, regardless of background or circumstance, designed to foster personal growth.”


Cub Scout Pack 738
Committee Chair: Joel Mintzer, 763-521-3196

Pack 738, chartered by the Sabes JCC, was formed in 2006 to give young boys ages six through 11 a chance to experience the great outdoors through Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scout Pack 738 is made up of parents and families who believe the program helps the boys of today develop into the leaders of tomorrow. The Pack attempts to help each boy grow mentally and physically, as well as to become a better citizen by teaching responsibility and good moral character. In all things we strive to fulfill the Cub Scout Promise “to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the law of the Pack.” Cub Scouting is a family activity and parental involvement is an integral part of a strong, organized Pack. Cub Scout Pack 738 is a member of the Northern Star Council. We are also affiliated with the Jewish Committee on Scouting in Minnesota.


Scouts St. Paul
Scott Shmikler 952-270-5174,
Garry Lowenthal

JCOS is exploring developing Jewish scouting opportunities in St. Paul that will promote Jewish learning within Scouting and enable Jewish religious practices while Scouting. The new Troop/Pack will teach many skills, including leadership, and give recognition to the young men and volunteers for their accomplishments and their efforts. Interested families may contact Scott Shmikler (952-270-5174, or Garry Lowenthal (


4331 W. 25th St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
City Director: Rabbi Tzvi Kupfer
Assistant Director: Mrs. Mindy Daitchman

NCSY is the premier organization dedicated to connecting, inspiring and empowering Jewish teens, and encouraging passionate Judaism through Torah and tradition. Senior NCSY is a co-ed group open to all Jewish teens of high school age, regardless of religious background or affiliation. JSU (Jewish Student Union) is a student-led Jewish culture club facilitated by NCSY that runs after school in public schools throughout the Twin Cities. Junior NCSY is open to sixth through eighth graders. We offer many conventions throughout the year as well as numerous monthly activities. Contact Rabbi Kupfer or visit: for more information


St. Paul JCC — Family Jewish Arts and Learning
1375 St. Paul Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Youth and Family Enrichment Coordinator: Tracey Agranoff

Providing Jewish engagement through learning, exploration and innovation. The St. Paul JCC offers classes, workshops, holiday celebrations, summer camp and early childhood enrichment programming for individuals and families to discover “What is ‘Jewish,’ and what does it mean to me?” Jewish education is universal, and we offer diverse opportunities that are open to adults, children, and families of all interests and at every level of Jewish education.


St. Paul JCC — Youth Department
Youth Programs Coordinator: Ben Savin

The St. Paul JCC offers a variety of programs for children and teens grades K-12. Hang out after school with Club J, where clubs offer sports, drama, arts and crafts, cooking and more, as well as homework help and a healthy snack. Tweens and teens can check out the iLounge, which offers pool, foosball, computers, and mentoring from experienced staff. Additional program highlights include musical theater productions, teen employment opportunities, school release day programs, and special evening and weekend events.


Temple of Aaron Youth Department
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Director of Engagement: Adam Bender

The award-winning Temple of Aaron Youth Department is comprised of three youth groups serving second to 12th graders: B’resheet (Grades 2-5), Kadima (Grades 6-7) and USY (Grades 8-12). We have programming for all of our groups, both within our building and in the greater Twin Cities community. We also work with USCJ for regional and national programs where teens get together and renew friendships from summer camps. We have a wide range of exciting programs planned for this coming year with the highlight being the annual play, Grease. Both Kadima and USY are youth-led groups that teach leadership skills that will be used long after the students graduate. We are ind year two of our Tikone USY program synergizing formal and experiential Jewish education into one fluid program. This new program, held on Sundays and Wednesdays, creates opportunities for our teens (8th to 12th grade) to learn and apply valuable life skills through a Jewish lens. For information, refer to our Web site at:


Temple Israel Program for Temple Youth (TIPTY)
Youth Director: Haylee Davis

TIPTY provides religious, social action and social programming for our 9th-12th graders, including leading High Holiday services, an annual Meals on Wheels food delivery on Thanksgiving, putting on a Purim carnival for the congregation, and more! Our teens also have the opportunity to travel for different youth group retreats throughout the year. TIPTY is a member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY).

(Updated 02.09.17)

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