Youth & USY


Livin’ the Chai Life in the Harry Kraft Youth Department @ Temple Emanuel

The Harry Kraft Youth Department offers exciting social, religious and educational programming for children in grades 3-12.  Many of our events occur at the synagogue (such as Shabbat dinners, Chanukah parties, lounge nights, Snowball Dance and Purim Carnival) and other events occur off-site (such as snow tubing, movie nights,Red Sox games, mini golf, hayrides, etc.)

Our youth are integrally involved with many of the shul-wide activities including reading Torah on the High Holidays and Shabbat, leading services, celebrating Purim and Simchat Torah and participating in Temple Emanuel’s Holocaust program.

We are fortunate to have a mature, experienced staff that provide excellent supervision for our youth and have been with us for a number of years. The Solomon Youth Lounge is enjoyed by children of all ages before religious school and on weekends.

Our goal is to provide a place for your children to enjoy being with their friends in an informal Jewish setting, make new friends, and have fun and learn at the same time. We look forward to seeing your child (ren) soon at one of our events or around the shul.

How can Parents get involved?

  • Learn more about our amazing Youth programs offered and share with your kids
  • Register your kids for the Youth Department.  Registration is available online in the fall and throughout the year. 
  • Sign up your kids for events!
  • Encourage your children to hang out in the Solomon Youth lounge before Religious School.
  • Be a part of the Youth Committee and help strategize and implement our youth engagement programs and philosophy.

Contact info:

Wayne_Goldstein_100x130Wayne Goldstein at 617-558-8121
Harry Kraft Director of Informal Youth Education
Gabby_Seligman_100x130Gabby Seligman at 617-558-8140
Assistant Director of Informal Youth Education
Aliza_Berger_100x130Aliza Berger at 617-558-8171
Rav Hazzan

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Purim

Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 pm

Come fulfill the mitzvah of hearing Megillat Esther read aloud. Choose to attend either a family-friendly abbreviated reading or spirited full Megillah reading.

Teen Purim Ice Cream Party

Wednesday, February 28 | 7:30 pm

Enjoy a nice big bowl of ice cream with all the toppings after the community Purim celebration and Megillah reading.

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 04 | 11:00 am

Don\'t miss the Purim Carnival!

NERUSY: Tikun Olam Semi-Formal

Saturday, March 10 | 8:00 pm

For 8th- 12th Graders

The College Admission Process and Jewish Values

Wednesday, March 21 | 7:00 pm

A parent\'s guide to the college admission process for Jewish students.

TEen Trip to New York

Sunday, April 15 | 7:30 am

Temple Emanuel TEens takeover the Big Apple! Grades 9-12  (*for Temple Emanuel members only) Join us on a road trip to New York City! We will leave Boston at 7 am and return by 11:30 pm. The itinerary... - The Jewish Heritage Museum -

For a complete listing of all Youth/USY programs, please visit our programs page.


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