Youth Engagement

Congregation Kol Ami has a comprehensive youth program aimed at bringing Jewish youth together for memorable experiences. The Junior (grades 4-6) and Senior (grades 7-12) Youth Groups participate in a variety of social, educational and charitable events . Integrating themselves within Temple life and the community at large, the youth groups are a vital part of Congregation Kol Ami.  And we don’t stop at graduation. We continue to keep in touch with our college students as well.

Learn more about our Junior and Senior Youth Groups, College program and Yad B’ Yad, 
our Synagogue based initiative for teens with developmental challenges.

Our Programs

Junior Youth Group

Grades 3-6

The Junior Youth Groups at Congregation Kol Ami consist of two separate groups: a group for 5th and 6th graders and a group for 7th and 8th graders. Both groups engage in monthly fun and meaningful activities and focus on Jewish values of chavurah (community), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and manhigut (leadership). For the Junior Youth Groups at Kol Ami, meaningful Jewish learning is best done in a fun, engaging, communal, and safe environment.

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Senior Youth Group

Grades 9-12

Kol Ami’s Senior Youth Group allows our large high school student base to enjoy a sense of community and explore their Jewish identity through a variety of amazing activities. Students keep coming back to Kol Ami year after year, not only to take advantage of our amazing programs, but because they make friendships that last a lifetime. 

Our Youth Group is founded on a few basic principles: 

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College Outreach

Keeping In Touch

Kol Ami maintains meaningful contact with your students while they are away at school by sending birthday greetings and goodies at Hanukkah and Purim and even campus visits by Rabbi Weiner. We also publish a student directory to help old friends keep in-touch while away at school. Help us stay in touch with your college or graduate school bound student by giving us their contact information. 

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Confirmation

10th Grade

Tenth grade at Kol Ami is a special year during which the class studies with our Rabbis. At the end of the year our youngsters celebrate a public affirmation of their commitment to live as Jews. The entire class leads the congregation in worship on Shavuot, the festival that marks the receiving of the Torah by Moses at Sinai. Confirmation does not mark the end of religious school, but is a step along the way toward graduation from Kol Ami High School in twelfth grade.

Yad B’Yad

7th-12th Grade

Yad B’ Yad (Hand in Hand) is our Synagogue based initiative for teens with developmental challenges. This program was created to fill the void which currently exists for Jewish teens with developmental challenges in Westchester County. This is a population that desperately needs to learn a large repertoire of life and social skills—abilities that most teens understand and take for granted.

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