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The purpose of the youth programs at Temple Israel is to interlink the home, school, community and congregation. Our youth activities offer a unique opportunity to stimulate educational, spiritual growth, and social development within a Judaic environment. The programming is designed to offer the individual the chance to promote self-identity within an ever-changing world and to express oneself in a fun and safe atmosphere. The purpose of the total educational program, formal and informal, builds a foundation for young Jews to strengthen their affiliation and identification.

This coming year we have an exciting and ambitious program of social, religious, athletic, recreational, and cultural activities for our young people. For our 6th-12th graders, we have also rejoined with USY and Kadima, Seaboard Region, and will be traveling to various state-wide and regional conventions and Shabbatons.

To join us, download our Youth Program Membership form now and mail to the Temple Israel office (4901 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226) or send by email to ajohnathan@templeisraelnc.org.

Due to the generous support of the Stuart Ostrow Youth Fund, Youth Group Membership is FREE for all 3rd-7th grade students registered in the Temple Israel Religious School. For all other students, either not enrolled in TIRS or in 8th-12th grades, there is ONLY a $36 annual fee per student. Future youth events may include additional fees.

 

If you wish to make a donation to the Temple Israel Fund – STUART OSTROW YOUTH FUND for Youth Activities, please click here and specify the fund in the Donation dropdown box.  Thank you!

Meet Our Youth Director

Alan Johnathan is our Director of Youth and Family Engagement. Alan is passionate about Judaism and teaching. As a former teacher, Alan comes with experience for creating exciting and engaging lessons and activities. He has worked for the Levine Jewish Community Center through their Camp Mindy and J-Team programs. Alan looks forward to fully integrating into the warm, family community of Temple Israel, along with helping to engage our children to grow into adulthood proud, and knowledgeable, of their Jewish identity and heritage. Alan welcomes your suggestions or questions about temple youth programs.

Mahar (3rd - 5th graders)

MAHAR is our youth group for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders! Come check out our movie nights, bowling, apple picking, Chocolate Seder and so much more! We have at least one FUN event every other month! 2018-2019 dates to be announced shortly.

Kadima Bonim (6th - 7th graders)

KADIMA BONIM is our youth group for 6th and 7th graders. KADIMA BONIM events are planned, organized and implemented by a very enthusiastic, and dedicated, KADIMA BONIM Leadership Council. The group’s activities range from great social programs, such as Laser Tag tournaments, to overnights and sports events as well as dinners and Judaic programs. In addition, the group can participate with regional events, conventions, and Shabbatons in the USY Seaboard Region. We work hard to ensure that our middle school students have a strong connection not only to each other but to the wider Jewish world as well. 2018-2019 dates to be announced shortly.

 

USY Gesher (8th - 12th graders)

USY GESHER is our youth group for teens in 8th-12th grades. The USY GESHER Leadership Board organizes and implements programs with assistance from Alan Johnathan, Director of Youth and Family Engagement. From awesome overnights to social action projects, USY GESHER offers teens the best way to become involved, make life-long friendships, and set the course for their own Jewish journey. In addition, the group can participate with regional events, conventions, and Shabbatons in the USY Seaboard Region. 2018-2019 dates to be announced shortly. 

 

College Outreach Program

At Temple Israel, Jewish connections do not end when you go off to college. The College Outreach program, helps students stay in touch with Temple Israel and with the Jewish community once they are out on their own. The program provides college students with Temple Israel’s bi-monthly bulletin, Kol Yisrael, and also sends out a holiday and exam “care package” four times during the school year.

To register for the College Outreach Program, please click here to download the form.

TI Youth Membership

To join us, download our Youth Program Membership form now and mail to the Temple Israel office (4901 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226) or send by email to ajohnathan@templeisraelnc.org.

Due to the generous support of the Ostrow Youth Fund, Youth Group Membership is FREE for all 3rd-7th grade students registered in the Temple Israel Religious School. For all other students, either not enrolled in TIRS or in 8th-12th grades, there is ONLY a $36 annual fee per student. Future youth events may include minimal additional fees.

EVERY FAMILY, regardless of FREE membership, MUST complete the TI Youth Group Membership Form.Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to a terrific year!

Please pay youth membership online by clicking this link.

For more information about Youth Programs & Events contact Alan Johnathan, Director of Youth and Family Engagement at ajohnathan@templeisraelnc.org or 704.944.6772.

 

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Pransky Camp Ramah Scholarship

The purpose of the Pransky Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance which will enable children of Temple Israel members, enrolled in the Temple Israel Religious School and meeting the Camp Ramah requirements, to participate in a summer program. The decision to award a subvention will be determined by a scholarship committee and will be based on financial need as well as individual merit. The amount of the scholarship funds available will determine the number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant. Unfortunately, the number of scholarship requests is generally much greater than the amount of the available funds and therefore not every candidate will receive scholarship assistance. All information contained in your application will be held in strict confidence. The names of the scholarship recipients will not be announced in any publicity release or public forum as beneficiaries of the Pransky Scholarship Program.

The following criteria are considered in order to be eligible for the Pransky Camp Ramah Scholarship:

1. A high level of academic achievement at Temple Israel Religious School.
2. Student participation in Temple Youth programs and activities.
3. Have a financial need.
4. Only first time students are eligible to apply. The applicant must file out and submit an application – CLICK HERE.

The completed application must be accompanied by the following:

1. Two (2) letters of recommendation, including one from the Senior Rabbi or Director of Congregational Education. The letter should reflect your personal (family) situation, family background and any extenuating circumstances.
2. If the student is selected as a recipient of the Pransky Scholarship, he/she will be asked to submit an essay after attending Camp Ramah to share what the experience meant to them, and how it will affect their future Judaic involvement.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are selected, you will be notified by a member of the scholarship committee during the first week in May.

Tue, September 25 2018 16 Tishrei 5779