Youth Programs

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.

Mini-Makor – Mini Makor is our K – 2nd youth group. These programs are meant to be fun, community building programs. The programs include a mix of fun trips out to of they synagogue to petting zoos and activities in the synagogue like bounce houses. 

Makor – Makor is for kids in grades 3rd through 5th. Activities might include fun excursions to a water park or apple orchard. 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 group has events at B’nai Tikvah and goes out to events for apple picking, Jumpzone and other fun activities! 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.


Click here to register for BTUSY and Kadima.



Join Us!

Contact Director of Education ( to learn more and get your children involved in our youth programs.

BTUSY Executive Board

Micah Plofsky, President

Jacob Kamen, Executive Vice President - Programming

Abby Elbaum, Vice President - Israel Affairs

Jeremy Plofsky, Vice President - Religion/Education

Morgan Anders, Vice President - Community Outreach

Ilan Kaplan, Vice President - Social Action/Tikkun Olam

Ethan Siegel, Vice President - Communications

Andrew Scott, CHUSY Regional Vice President - Israel Affairs


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