Beth El Federation of Temple Youth (BEFTY) is Beth El Temple Center’s youth group. Our mission is to foster the Jewish social, spiritual, educational, and social justice lives of our teens in a fun, informal group of their peers. At BETC, we have two youth groups: BEFTY for 8th – 12th graders and Jr. BEFTY for 6th & 7th graders.

Throughout the year both groups have a variety of programming from pizza parties to creative Shabbat services. Previous events have included scavenger hunts, art nights, snow tubing, trivia time, kayaking, movie nights, Shul-in’s, Mitzvah projects, and more. 

Each group has a youth advisor who has been hired by the BETC Youth Committee. The Jr. BEFTY advisor organizes and leads events; the BEFTY advisor provides guidance to the BEFTY board, which is made up of a group of dedicated teen leaders.  The BEFTY board organizes and leads the BEFTY events. 

Meet the 2023 - 2024 BEFTY Board:

     Audrey Brenhouse: BEFTY President
     Rivka Zickler: VP of Social Justice and Social Media
     Dora Stodolsky: VP of Membership
     Sam Geiger: VP of Religion
     Eleanor Lind: Treasurer
     Eian Schwartz: VP of Communications
     Oyane Ondias-Souna: 9th grade representative
     Alice Zickler: 8th grade representative
     Sierra Brenhouse: 8th grade representative
     Noah Geiger: 8th grade representative

Meet our 2023 - 2024 advisors:

  

Oren Bazer, BEFTY Advisor - Oren is in his third year as the BEFTY Senior Youth Advisor. He grew up in Framingham and attended Jewish summer camp and day schools through the end of high school in 2015. After taking a gap year in Israel before college, Oren graduated from the University of Rochester in 2020. He currently works as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Mass General Hospital.  Email Oren at bThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about BEFTY.

 

Wendy Humphreys, Jr. BEFTY Advisor - Wendy is in her fourth year as Junior BEFTY Advisor. She also teaches 4th grade in the BETC religious school. In the world beyond BETC, she is working on a masters in English at UMass Boston. She’s very excited for this year of Jr. BEFTY events! Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


FAQs

How do teens join these youth groups?
All 6th – 7th graders are automatically members of Jr BEFTY and all 8th - 12th graders are automatically members of BEFTY. Teens just have to be part of member families of Beth El Temple Center. There is no membership fee. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

What kinds of events are there?
Some past events have included a scavenger hunt in Harvard Square, decorating the BETC sukkah, apple picking and then baking pies and holding a bake sale to raise tzedakah, a shul-in at BETC (sleeping overnight in the synagogue), and leading a creative Shabbat service at BETC.

How do teens get to events?
Depending on the event, parents may be asked to drive their child to BETC, to a central location like a T-station, or to carpool to the event site.


How can families get more information on these groups & events? 
EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the mailing list.  The Jr BEFTY advisor communicates by email with Jr BEFTY parents, while the BEFTY Advisor and Board members communicate directly (by email or text) with teens in the BEFTY group.

Is BEFTY connected to any other groups? 
BEFTY is part of a larger organization, the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). NFTY is the Reform Jewish youth movement that fosters leadership at the North American, regional and congregational level. Today, over 500 Reform congregations throughout North America sponsor Temple Youth Groups. We are part of the NFTY - Northeast Region (NFTY-NE).  NFTY’s Northeast Region includes Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County), Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, upstate New York and Montreal, Canada. 

 

Resources for Jewish Teens: 

NFTY Northeast Website (website for the youth branch of the reform movement)  - https://nfty.org/regions/northeast/

URJ Overnight Summer Camps -https://urj.org/what-we-do/engaging-youth-families-young-children/camp

RAC  (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism) Teen Justice Fellowship - https://reformjudaism.org/youth-programs/rac-teen-justice-fellowship

Diller Teen Fellows - an immersive leadership program for Jewish 10th and 11th graders - https://dillerteenfellows.org/en/

 

Upcoming Services

Sun, Dec 3 @ 8:45am
Minyan
Sun, Dec 3 @ 1:30pm
Emily Reardon Memorial Service
Fri, Dec 8 @ 7:00pm
Shabbat Evening Service
Sat, Dec 9 @ 10:15am
Shabbat Morning Service with BRM

Upcoming Events

Sat Dec 02 @ 7:00PM
Movie Night: "Eva's Promise"

Sun Dec 03 @ 2:00PM
Torah Discussion: Daughters of Zelophechad

Sun Dec 10 @11:30AM
Community Cooks

Wed Dec 13 @ 6:00PM
Chanukah Latke Party

Sun Dec 17 @ 2:00PM
Welcome Blanket Project - kickoff event

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Contact Info

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