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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.

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 info@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 minimal additional fees. Please note, even if you have a free membership via your enrollment at Temple Israel Religious School, we still need your completed Youth Program Membership form.  Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to a terrific year!

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

Ariel moved to Charlotte 4 years ago, becoming an active member in the Jewish community, working for the Levine JCC as the Teen and Group Services Coordinator. Ariel grew up in Raleigh, NC, actively involved in Beth Meyer Synagogue’s Kadima and USY programs and attending Camp Ramah Darom for eight years. Prior to moving to Charlotte, Ariel lived in Chapel Hill, NC where she received an undergraduate degree in International Relations in Middle Eastern Politics and a post-baccalaureate degree in Middle Grades Education. While living in Chapel Hill, Ariel taught at the Community Midrasha of Durham-Chapel Hill and served as the USY and Kadima advisor for Beth Meyer Synagogue.

Ariel joined the Temple Israel family in August 2013 as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Engagement. She is passionate about working in the Jewish community and helping kids forge lifelong Jewish friendships.  Ariel 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, corn maze, Chocolate seder and so much more! We have at least one FUN event every month! 2015-2016 dates to be announced shortly. Last year’s events included:

  • Lasers & Lunch Kickoff
  • Corn Maze & Chuck Wagon Lunch
  • Bowling for a Cause
  • YOUTH ONLY KIDDUSH
  • Family Night- Dinner, Havdallah & a Play

Bonim (6th - 7th graders)

BONIM is our youth group for 6th and 7th graders. Bonim events are planned, organized and implemented by a very enthusiastic, and dedicated, 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. 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. 2015-2016 dates to be announced shortly. Last year’s events included:

  • Wet N’ Wild Kickoff
  • Backyard Cookout & Game Night
  • Outdoor Laser Tag- Bonim vs. Gesher God Squad
  • Bananas in Pajamas
  • Mystery Bus Adventure

Gesher (8th - 12th graders)

GESHER is our youth group for teens in 8th-12th grades. The Gesher Leadership Board organizes and implements programs with assistance from Ariel DiDonato, Director of Youth Engagement, and Rabbi Noam Raucher. From awesome overnights to social action projects, GESHER offers teens the best way to become involved, make life-long friendships, and set the course for their own Jewish journey. 2015-2016 dates to be announced shortly. Last year’s events included:

  • Jewishi Lounge Night
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Jewish Pumpkin Carving Lounge Night
  • Teen Coalition Hunger Games Preview
  • The BIG Gesher Overnight

College Outreach Program (New!)

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” twice 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 info@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 Ariel DiDonato, Director of Youth and Young Adult Engagement at adidonato@templeisraelnc.org or 704.362.2796.

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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. High level of Hebrew School academic achievement.
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 religious school Education Director. 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, expressing what the experience meant to them and how it will affect their future Judaic involvement.

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.

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