Beth El Federation of Temple Youth (BEFTY) is Beth El Temple Center’s youth group for teens in 9th-12th grade. BEFTY is led by an energetic group of dedicated teen leaders, with the guidance of our BEFTY advisor, Sarah Heft. BEFTY is a great place to come to meet new people, connect with old friends, and have an awesome time while participating in exciting programming and activities!



BEFTY holds an open meeting (for all teens in grades 9-12) on the first Thursday of every month in LC-4.  We have great events planned for the coming year, including our annual Scavenger Hunt in Harvard Square, a trip to Witches Woods – along with an awesome Havdallah service and dinner, or Purim Shul-In and so much more!  Come to our open meetings to share your ideas for future events, help with planning these events, and/or to just hang out!  See the full BEFTY schedule for all our events!

BEFTY is part of a larger organization, the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and within the Northeast Region (NE). NFTY-NE brings teenagers in 9th-12th grade together from temples all over the northeast and parts of Canada for events such as dances, conclavettes (weekend retreats), and institutes (four or five day retreats during school vacations).  These events are filled with awesome programming, wonderful services, and great social activities!  You don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to make life long friends from throughout the northeast! 

About our advisor:
Sarah Heft is so excited to be working with BEFTY this year. She graduated from the University of Vermont in May 2018, with a bachelors degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Sarah has worked in youth engagement for six years and in Jewish engagement (UVM Hillel) for two years. Sarah currently works as the Swim Lesson Coordinator at the Oak Square YMCA in Brighton. She cannot wait for a great year of Jewish youth engagement with BEFTY!

For more information about BEFTY, NFTY-Northeast, or other programming for youth. Please contact:

Sarah Heft
Youth Group Coordinator
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        Maddy Shapiro
        BEFTY President




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Jr. BEFTY is Beth El Temple Center's Youth Group for 6, 7, and 8th graders. We hold many events throughout the year that focus on bringing our middle school students together in a fun and informal environment to make friends and perform community service. We have had great events in the past few years, including Boda Borg, Blue Man Group, Laser Tag, and Pizza and Game Nights. We are looking forward to all our events this year this year and beyond!

About Our Advisor:
Jenn Boyle is studying to be a cantor at Hebrew College. She works at BETC as the JR BEFTY Advisor, Rishonim leader, and a 6th grade Hebrew teacher. Before moving to Boston, she studied music history and Jewish studies at Hofstra University on Long Island where she was active in their Hillel and Jewish a cappella group, Chai Notes. She currently sings with the Zamir Chorale of Boston is excited for a wonderful upcoming year of JR BEFTY events and outings.
For more information about Jr. BEFTY or to RSVP to any events, please contact Jenn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Youth Related Websites:

NFTY-NE Website (our regional website)– 

NFTY Website (website for the youth branch of the reform movement)–

URJ Eisner & Crane Lake Camps (our URJ overnight camps) -

URJ Kutz Camp (URJ overnight camp just for teens!)-



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Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]