Kol Ami Temple Youth
Teen youth grouping can be the most memorable experience of one’s life. It is where life-long friends are made, and where Jewish identities are explored and formed. Under the guidance of our experienced Director of Youth Engagement, Carly Kastner, and with deep involvement from our youth oriented Rabbi, Rabbi Schneider, teens come together to learn and make memories.
Above all, KATY is fun. Whether the Sunday meeting is purely social or Judicially themed, the events are always interactive and experiential, involving the teen physically and emotionally in learning and play. A key value of KATY is Social Action. We are proactive in helping to feed the hungry, provide clothing to the homeless, and helping children in need. Our social action projects are engaging, meaningful, and a great way for teens to learn they are important, and that they can impact their world.
KATY typically meets on Sunday evenings. Though we would love for the family to be a member of the temple, it is not necessary to join Kol Ami to have your teen be a member of KATY
Kol Ami Temple Youth is affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and the North American Federation of Temple Youth Southwest (NFTY-SW). This partnership grants our teens access to superb national and regional programs and opportunities to meet and interact with Reform Jewish teens from all over the U.S.
For more information about joining KATY, please contact the Temple office 480-951-9660. Or, email Carly directly.
Kol Ami Junior Youth
Making life-long friends is a core objective of our educational programs. Kol Ami Junior Youth (KAJY) brings 4th-8th graders together after Religious School for some great fun and good times. Held several times throughout the year, these parent chaperoned, afternoon events help our children make those connections with the other kids of Kol Ami.
We have the following opportunities for youth grouping:
Kol Ami Konnects – a family-run program in which representatives from each grade level organize events from Shabbat dinner pot-lucks to Sunday picnics in the park. This program allows our parents and children alike the opportunity to get to know each other and bond as a community throughout the school year.