B’nai Tikvah offers a variety of youth programming for kids of all ages. Our goal is to ensure young people from 3rd grade through high school are exposed to fun, meaningful and educational activities that keep them connected to their Jewish community and their peers.
Makor – Our youngest group, is for kids in grades 3rd through 5th. Activities might include fun excursions to a water park or apple orchard, as well as social action projects like working at a food bank or visiting a senior center. Makor is a great way for kids to meet other Jewish youth and take their first steps toward becoming active members of their community.
Kadima – Our middle group for 6th through 8th graders, is part of the larger National United Synagogue Youth Group. B’nai Tikvah’s Kadima chapter organizes its own programs and activities, including dances, pizza parties, food drives, charity car washes and more. Members also get the chance to participate in regional conventions and Shabbatonim with other Kadimaniks from the CHUSY region, which includes Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee and Northwest Indiana.
BTUSY (B’nai Tikvah United Synagogue Youth) – Our chapter of the national USY organization, is for 9th through 12th graders. The BTUSY Executive Board plans activities here at the synagogue and throughout Chicagoland – from buying food for the less fortunate to playing Whirlyball. BTUSYers also get the opportunity to attend regional and national USY events, connecting with other Jewish youth from across the country.