Youth Department

The Anshei Shalom Youth Department, led by Howard Nenner, is a “home away from home” for our children - a place where the children feel comfortable and, at the same time, learn the importance of shul and community.  We hope to make the shul a place where the children can connect with Hashem and compliment what they learn in school through davening, group learning, and socializing.  It is our hope that the experiences and memories that our children create at Anshei Shalom will encourage them to grow into active and involved members of our community.

As a youth department, we aim to create a warm and caring environment in which to nurture our youth.  It is our belief that if children love to go to shul when they are young and view shul as a special place, they will develop a connection that will last a lifetime.

Shabbos morning groups begin at 9:45am and end at 11:30am or the conclusion of davening.  Groups, led by our talented and dedicated leaders, are offered for children through 6th grade.  The Shabbos morning groups are designed so that the children’s experience mirrors that of the adults, and prepares them for participation in the main shul.  Therefore, we encourage all children to either participate in groups or to remain in shul, with a parent, during davening.
  
The groups are structured to include weekly parsha study, games, and age-appropriate davening, including an explanation of the tefilot as well as the introduction to Shabbos specific tefilot which are not taught in school.  This is done to prepare the children to be active participants in our thriving teen minyan.

The teen minyan, under the leadership of Eric Maslin, consists of inspirational davening, Divrei Torah, and socialization.  The Teen Minyan takes place upstairs every Shabbos at 9:30am.  The teens are taught to be responsible for every facet of the minyan including gabai duties, Ba’alei Tefilah, and Ba’alei Kriyah  in preparation for becoming contributors to our adult minyan. All who attend the minyan are entitled to participate in the weekly Teen Minyan Kiddush.

Teen involvement is not limited to the minyan.  There are monthly activities planned for the teens, incorporating movie nights, pool games, and our wildly successful ping pong tournament which brought in hundreds of dollars for the shul.  The Teen Minyan has also raised money through the publication of a joke book born from the minyan’s joke of the week.

There is equal opportunity for involvement by the younger children outside of Shabbos morning groups.  Instituted this year is our own Parent-Child Learning, complete with raffles and "make your own sundaes."  Attendance has exceeded expectations and continues to grow.  It is very gratifying to see families come out for the sole purpose of learning Torah together.  This program is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors. 

Holiday programming has included Sukkah decoration making, a Sukkah hop, Chol Hamoed trips, youth hakafot, Ne’elat Hachag programs, and a Chanukah craft party.

Other programs include bowling and pizza, sporting events, and karate classes.

The Youth Committee is responsible for overseeing the programming and structure of our youth department. To contact Howard directly, please see the Contact page.

  Youth Committee  
Michael Lowenthal
Lisa Korman
Moshe Seewald
Terri Lowenstein
Adam Kalter
Joel Lieberman
Charlie Steinberg
Jason Grunfeld
 
Sun, June 25 2017 1 Tammuz 5777