Beth El Federation of Temple Youth (BEFTY) is Beth El Temple Center’s youth group for teens in 8th-12th grade. BEFTY is led by an energetic group of dedicated teen leaders, with the guidance of the BEFTY advisor, Rachel Dovek. BEFTY has been a stable force through this pandemic as a place for teens to hangout safely through socially distant and virtual events.
This year we’ve kayaked on the Charles, watched an outdoor movie (the Hate U Give!) in the BETC parking lot, participated in an outdoor clean-up at Mitzvah Day, and held a scavenger hunt around Belmont Center. In addition, in the days leading up to the election, we held a phone banking event to empower and enfranchise voters of color and fight voter suppression, mainly in the South. We are actively working on an intergenerational project with the Climate Action Committee. And we have many more fun events coming soon!
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 conventions (four or five-day retreats during school vacations). During the pandemic, NFTY has created engaging virtual content through NFTYx.
About our advisor:
Rachel Dovek is so excited to be working with BEFTY this year. She graduated from Brandeis University in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Education. Rachel currently is serving as a Commonwealth Corps Employment and Partnership Coordinator at More Than Words in Boston working with system-involved youth. Rachel grew up participating in NFTY CWR and was president of her youth group at her home congregation in California. She has been enjoying a very fun year with BEFTY and can’t wait for more!
About the Youth Group Board:
Keegan Harkavy: BEFTY President
Keegan is currently a 12th grader who has been part of BEFTY for the last 4 years. He lives in Cambridge where he goes to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. In his free time, he likes to run, hike, and read. He loves BEFTY because he can hang out with his friends, build a Jewish community, and help repair the world. As president Keegan, hopes to bring fun, safe events to the teens of Beth El Temple Center. He is also very passionate about the environment and social justice and hopes to increases BEFTY’s role in both.
Shea Brams: BEFTY Board Member
Rachel November: BEFTY Board Member
Ben Braverman: BEFTY Board Member
Ezra Copes-Finke: BEFTY Board Member
Check out the BETC calendar and the flyers below for our upcoming events or reach out to anyone on BEFTY Board! If you are interested in coming to an event and are not receiving our emails or are interested in partnering with us for a project or event, please contact Rachel.
Youth Group Advisor
Jr. BEFTY is Beth El Temple Center's Youth Group for 6 and 7th 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. This year, we are running many virtual events, including a painting party, holiday celebrations, game nights, and movie parties. We are looking forward to all our events this year!
About Our Advisor:
Wendy Humphreys is a student at MassBay Community College with the intention of going to cantorial school in a few years. She works at BETC as the Jr. BEFTY Advisor, 4th grade Sunday school teacher, and a 4th grade Hebrew school teacher. She lives in Concord MA and loves singing, theater, and movies. She writes musical parodies and can sing Adon Olam to any tune. She’s very excited for this year of Jr. BEFTY events!
Youth Related Websites:
NFTY-NE Website (our regional website)– www.nfty.org/ne
NFTY Website (website for the youth branch of the reform movement)– www.nfty.org
URJ Eisner & Crane Lake Camps (our URJ overnight camps) - http://eisnercranelake.urjcamps.org/
URJ Kutz Camp (URJ overnight camp just for teens!)- http://kutz.urjcamps.org/