Youth Programming

Youth Groups at Temple Dor Dorim are available for children in grades K through 12. Our programs blend social with social action, spirituality with song, and leadership with fun! Connecting our youth to synagogue life is a vital part of enriching our children’s growth, focusing on building lifelong Jewish identities and friendships.

Youth programs are fun and exciting!

  • Gesher: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades
  • Giborim: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
  • ATID: 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
  • TOUCHY: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades

Religious School and Youth Programming Application (PDF)

GESHER – BRIDGE

Kindergarten, First and Second Grades
Gesher is designed to introduce young children to engagement in our congregational community. Gesher will allow children a way to connect with one another in social and informal educational settings. Kindergarten, first and second graders participate in Gesher which meets once every 5-6 weeks, on Sunday, after Religious School for fun events such as Wacky Olympics, Bowling and holiday events. Gesherites begin associating Jewish life and friends with fun.

GIBORIM – HEROES

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades
Giborim provides opportunities to strengthen friendships with peers and meet new friends while engaged in our synagogue community. The group will meet once every 5-6 weeks, on Saturday evening or Sunday after Religious School. Join us for events like Messy Twister, Game Day and holiday programs. Giborim is a wonderful way to develop strong Jewish friendships and connections to the Jewish community.

ATID – FUTURE

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades
We’re on Facebook… Join our group: “ATID”
ATID readies our children for an even more active future as Jewish individuals. ATIDites create their own programs focused on things they like to do. ATID’s programs are created by the ATIDites with each other in mind. We meet twice a month. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders have a wide range of programs and opportunities through ATID. Our elected ATID Board plans events like Laser Tag, a Progressive Dinner, holiday and social action programs. ATIDites also have opportunities to meet Jewish teens from other congregations within our region while engaging Jewishly.

TOUCHY: The Original United Charter Youth

Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Grades
We’re on Facebook…Join our group: “TOUCHY (Temple Dor Dorim)”
Follow us on Twitter @TOUCHY_TDD

TOUCHY fosters leadership skills through a balance of community building, worship, social action, weekend retreats and experiential Jewish programming planned and facilitated by our teens, for our teens. TOUCHY is an active part of NFTY, the North American Federation on Temple Youth and our region, NFTY-STR (Southern Tropical Region). TOUCHY meets on Wednesday nights. Our Temple Youth Group (TYG) is run by an elected Board of Officers who plan events such as our Creative Shabbat Service, Ice Skating, Minute to Win It, holiday themed programs, and community service and fundraising events. Through joint TYG and regional events, TOUCHY is aware of a larger Jewish world while learning how to become an active and influential part of it.

Temple Dor Dorim Policy

The Temple Dor Dorim Youth Department allows 6-12th graders who are not yet youth group members to attend a maximum of two (2) youth group events per youth group year before requiring paid membership.

Any events that require payment must be paid prior to or at the time of the event. Some events may have different cost for youth group members and non-youth group members.

In order to attend any NFTY Kallah or Convention, you must be a paid member of ATID or TOUCHY.

URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) Youth and College Programs

URJ’s family of programs for ages 8 to 26 include NFTY teen programming, URJ Camps, Israel travel experiences and social justice programming at the Religious Action Center. Here you will find a full listing of all of the URJ programs by type, participant’s age and location.

WE WANT YOU… & YOUR FRIENDS TOO!!

Interested in joining our youth programs or have questions, please contact Jamie Mafdali, Youth Director at 954-389-1232, Ext. 107. Event information is also available through the website, e-mail updates, and Temple Dor Dorim’s monthly newsletter.

Youth Programming Application (for those not enrolled in Religious School) (PDF)

NFTY Code of Conduct – Brit K’hilah (PDF)

August 2016 – June 2017 Youth Calendar