Youth Programs

Through a comprehensive Youth Program, designed to provide fun and engaging activities, Temple Emanu-El offers a vibrant, Jewish atmosphere for children and teenagers ages 1-12. We also are actively engaged in outreach to college students (e.g., visits from our Rabbi, Hanukkah and Purim packages, etc).

Monthly Youth activities range from New Year’s parties for Rosh HaShanah, Bingo and Casino Nights, Israel focused programs such as “The Bus to Israel” and Jewpardy, Bowling, Lazer Tag, Chocolate Seders and much much more.

Temple Emanu-El also has a “hip” Youth Lounge that offers a relaxing and comfortable place for our children and teens to hang out with their friends in a supervised environment.  In addition to our Youth programs, we host synagogue wide Family Programs such as Sukkah Decorating, an annual Hanukkah Bash, Boutique and Book Fair, Purim Party, Seudah and Carnival. We also participate in community activities such as the UJA of North New Jersey’s Mitzvah Day and the “Salute to Israel Parade”.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children at all of our Temple Events!

  • TA’AM Emanu-El/TA’AM Shabbat (Birth – 5 years old).  TA’AM Means taste and these groups are designed to give parents and children a taste of what Temple Emanu-El has to offer.  All activities and services are geared to young families and always include lots of nosh! From learning about the Jewish Holidays to the Land of Israel, from musical TA’AM Shabbat Services to performing Mitzvot, our hope is to instill a love of Judaism for you and your children while making sure your entire family feels at home when they come to synagogue.  TA’AM meets monthly on alternating Sunday mornings and Friday Nights. Click here to register!
    • UPCOMING DATES: Lego Sukkah Building Event – Sunday, September 23 – 9:30-11:00AM
      TA’AM Tot Shabbat – Friday October 19, November 16, January 18 and March 15 – 6:00-7:00PM
      Purim Character Brunch – Sunday, March 17 – 9:30-11:00AM
  • K’Ton Ton (K – 1st Grade).  For your first Youth Group experience! This program meets two times a year, typically around Jewish Holidays.  Using a combination of social and educational experiences, activities focus on crafts, braking and having fun.  Click here to register!
    • UPCOMING DATES: Lego Sukkah Building Event – Sunday, September 23 – 11:15-12:30PM
      Game Day Sunday – Sunday, February 10 – 11:15-12:30PM
  • Chaverim (2nd – 3rd).  Chaverim is the Hebrew word for “friends” and the foundation for fantastic experiences.  The group meets two times a year, and programs include games, crafts, mitzvah projects and social function at Temple and off-site. Click here to register!
    • UPCOMING DATES: Painting Event – Sunday, October 21 – 11:15-12:30PM
      Passover Chocolate Seder – Sunday April 7 – 11:15-12:30PM
  • Solelim (4th – 5th Grade). Solelim means “paving the way” and that is exactly what happens the coupld of years before your child/ren enter Middle School.  Solelim meet twice a year with programs like Bingo, Go-Karting, Jewish Trivia games and much more.  Lunch will be provided. Click here to register
    UPCOMING DATES: Bingo – Sunday, November 18 – 11:15- 12:30PM
    Passover Chocolate Seder – Sunday, April 7
  • Kadima (6th – 7th grade).  This groups meets two times a year and participates in USY regional events.  Activities include sporting events, socializing, mitzvah projects and topics of interest to Jewish teens.  Kadimaniks also attend regional dances, special Sunday programs, summer camp, Shabbatons, and much more.
    UPCOMING DATES: TBD
  • Atid (8th grade). This group meets twice a month on Wednesdays at the Temple offering an outlet for bi-monthly community service projects, religious thought, socializing and of course dinner.  In addition to community service, participants will attend “rap with the Rabbi” sessions with Rabbi Kirshner covering topics on the Holocaust, Israel and Jewish Ethics to name a few.
    UPCOMING DATES: September 26 – 6:00-7:30PM
    October 3 and 17
    November 7 and 13
    December 5 and 19
    January 2 and 16
    February 2 and 27
    March 13 and 20
    April 3 and 30
    May 1 and 15
  • F2F/ATID (8th – 12th grade). This group meets every Wednesday at the Temple offering teens an outlet for weekly community service projects, religious thought, socializing and of course dinner.  It consists of programs to build Jewish community and help those in need.  In addition to community service, participants will attend “rap with the Rabbi” sessions with Rabbi Kirshner covering topics on the Holocaust, Israel and Jewish Ethics to name a few.

    • UPCOMING DATES:  Opening Silent DJ Event – Wednesday September 12 – 6:00-8:00PM
      September 26
      October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
      November 7, 13, 21, 28
      December  5, 12, 19
      January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
      February 6, 13, 27
      March 6, 13, 20, 27
      April 3, 9, 30
      May 1, 8, 15