North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
Youth Community

Youth Community

Through both educational and social programming, we foster growth in the Jewish community and lasting friendships. Participating in a youth group is one of the key indicators of an active Jewish life through adulthood. 

BEANS

The Youth Community at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El is known as “BEANS” — Beth El At North Suburban Synagogue.  We run four youth groups for children in grades K-12, as well as a College Connection program. Our goals are to help educate youth about Judaism and individual Jewish identity in an informal environment.

All students registered for Cohen Religious School, Sokol Hebrew High School, Solomon Schechter Day School and Rochelle Zell Jewish High School get automatic membership into the BEANS Youth Community. Membership in our Youth Community is separate from membership of NSS Beth El. You do not have to be registered for the schools above or even a NSS Beth El member to be a part of BEANS

If you are interested in becoming a member. attending future programs, or have any questions regarding the Youth Community, please contact Tovah Goodman, tgoodman@nssbethel.org for more information.

M&M Club (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

M&M Club is a great introduction into the youth group experience in BEANS! Our goal is to make sure we have great family programming as well as age-appropriate holiday activities and general youth group fun! Past initiatives include in home travelling skits like Chametz Inspector and The MaccaBEANS and Torah Illustrating Parties.

Newsletters outlining upcoming programs and events are sent out 6 weeks before the fun begins. To guarantee you are on the mailing list, please contact Tovah Goodman, Youth Community Director, at tgoodman@nssbethel.org

Shalom Club (2nd-5th)

Shalom Club is our youth group for kids in grades 2-5 and include programming such as Day Off programs, The Chocolate Seder and much more.  All 2nd-5th grade students in the Cohen Religious School at NSS Beth El and our Beth El member’s who have children enrolled in a Jewish Day School (Schechter, Hillel Torah) are automatically members of Shalom Club! If you are not in the religious school, we would love for you to join our newsletter and participate as well! For more information on Shalom Club, contact Tovah Goodman, Youth Community Director, at tgoodman@nssbethel.org.

Kadima (6th-8th)

Kadima is our youth group for kids in grades 6-8. In addition to our local chapter, Kadima is an international organization affiliated with our region,
CHUSY, and the youth programs of the Conservative movement.  All 6th and 7th grade students in the Cohen Religious School at NSS Beth El are automatically members of Kadima!  8th Graders that are in the Sokol Hebrew High School are also automatically members. If you are not in the religious school, we would love for you to become a member as well!

USY (9th-12th)

USY is our youth group for kids in grades 9-12. In addition to our local chapter, USY in an international organization affiliated with our region, CHUSY, and the youth programs of the Conservative movement. Programs are planned by a board of USYers with the help of our USY advisor.

All students enrolled in the Sokol Hebrew High School and Beth El members who have children at a Jewish Day School (RZJHS, ICJA) are automatically members of their Youth Group!

Your family does NOT have to be members of Beth El to join our USY Chapter!

Want to get involved? To join USY or apply to be on our executive board, contact Tovah Goodman, tgoodman@nssbethel.org.

Check out our Facebook Page to stay updated on all of our programs here!