Youth Community

Youth Community

A message from the Director of Informal Education Ali Drumm and the Director of Youth Engagement Sarah Attermann


Through both experiential education 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. While youth programming may look different during this time, we are committed to providing meaningful experiences for children of all ages. For information regarding these programs, please contact Sarah Attermann, Director of Youth Engagement at




The Youth Community at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El is known as “BEANS” — Beth El At North Suburban Synagogue. We run three youth groups for children in grades 2-12, as well as our Beth El Sisterhood College Connection program. Youth can be drawn to Judaism in many different ways and we strive to help them create their own 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.

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, special Shabbat lunches and much more.

Kadima (6th-8th)

Kadima is our youth group for kids in grades 6-8. Programs for this age group focus on fostering friendships within the synagogue and around the Chicagoland area by participation in regional Kadima programming. Programs are planned with the help of the Kadima board, to foster responsibility and provide activities of interest to the students. Kadima extends beyond our local chapter, and is affiliated with our region, CHUSY, and the youth programs of the Conservative movement.

USY (9th-12th)

BEANS USY is our youth group for kids in grades 9-12. Programs are planned by a board of USYers with the help of our dedicated staff. Generously supported by the Barbara P. Hochberg USY Fund, BEANS USY is committed to social activism, tzedakah, and Jewish engagement, all while building a peer community. BEANS USY is affiliated with our region, CHUSY, and with the United Synagogue Youth programs of the Conservative movement. This year, the BEANS USY board is exploring opportunities to engage teens during this time when programming looks and feels different. For updates on the programs, or for ways to get involved, please contact Sarah Attermann, Director of Youth Engagement at