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
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 about 7 times each year, typically on a Sunday, after Religious School, for fun events such as Wacky Olympics, Bowling and holiday events. Gesherites begin associating Jewish life and friends with fun.
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 about 7 times each year, usually on Sundays 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.
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades
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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 about twice a month. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders have a wide range of programs and opportunities through ATID. Our ATID Board plans events like Gelt n’ Games, 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. We are an active part of NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement and NFTY678.
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. Join us at any point in your high school years! TOUCHY is an active part of NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement 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 a 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’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, Director of Youth Engagement: Learning & Programs, at 954-389-1232, Ext. 107. Event information is also available through the website, e-mail updates, and Temple Dor Dorim’s newsletter, Dor Dorim D’var.