Youth Engagement

Congregation Kol Ami is home to a fun and comprehensive youth program aimed at bringing students together for memorable experiences. The Junior (grades 7-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Youth Groups participate in all types of social, educational and charitable events. Integrating themselves within Temple life and the community at large, the youth groups are an instrumental part of our Congregation. 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, below.

Our Programs

Junior Youth Group

Grades 7-8

Members of the Junior Youth Group at Congregation Kol Ami participate in exciting and engaging activities and focus on Jewish values of chavurah (community), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and manhigut (leadership). The Junior Youth Group promotes meaningful learning in a fun, inclusive, and safe environment.

 

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Senior Youth Group

Grades 9-12

Kol Ami’s Senior Youth Group provides our high school students with a sense of community and an opportunity to explore their identities through a variety of amazing activities. Students come back to Kol Ami year after year, not only to take advantage of our exciting and inclusive programs, but also because they know the group as a wonderful community in which they have created life-long friendships.

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College Outreach

Keeping In Touch

Kol Ami maintains meaningful contact with students while they are away at school by sending birthday greetings and goodies at Hanukkah and Purim, and even with campus visits from Rabbi Weiner. We also publish a student directory to help old friends keep in touch and remain in the community that they love while away at school. Help us stay in touch with your college or graduate school bound student by providing 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, these phenomenal young students 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 instead an exciting step along the way.

 

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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Our Leadership Religious School & Youth Group

Religious School Director Pam Barnett Pass has been the Assistant Director of Congregation Kol Ami’s Religious School since 2014 and in 2019 became the Director.  Prior to stepping into this role, Pam established herself as a beloved Religious School teacher, B’nai Mitzvah tutor, and substitute teacher in the Early Childhood Program. Pam now manages all of these titles successfully and brings deep knowledge, warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity to each one. She is lovingly known among kids and parents as “Morah Pam.”

Prior to Kol Ami, Pam spent many years working in the magazine publishing industry. She managed finance and consumer marketing for publications like Food

Pam Pass

Religious School Director

Pam Barnett Pass has been the Assistant Director of Congregation Kol Ami’s Religious School since 2014 and in 2019 became the Director. Prior to stepping into this role, Pam established herself as a beloved Religious School teacher, B’nai Mitzvah tutor, and substitute teacher in the Early Childhood Program. Pam now manages all of these titles successfully and brings deep knowledge, warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity to each one. She is lovingly known among kids and parents as “Morah Pam.”
Prior to Kol Ami, Pam spent many years working in the magazine publishing industry. She managed finance and consumer marketing for publications like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, and Entertainment Weekly.
Pam lives in Edgemont with her husband Matt and she is the proud mom of teenage daughters, Clarey (Go Huskies!) and Amalia.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: PamPass@NYKolAmi.org
(914) 949-4717 X124
Director, Youth Engagement 
We’re excited to introduce Barak Stockler as our new Director of Youth Engagement. Barak is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo and a life-long member of Kol Ami. Most recently, Barak led our High Holy Days Youth Services, traveled with our Youth Group, and was responsible for our youth at the Kol Ami Retreat.  Barak is excited to continue the outstanding programming for which Kol Ami is known, to teach in our Religious School, to travel with our Youth, and to create new initiatives as he works with Rabbi Tom and the leadership of our Kol Ami Youth Group. With Barak in charge, great things are in store for the Youth at Kol Ami!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: BarakStockler@NYKolAmi.org

(914) 949-4717 X111

Barak Stockler

Director, Youth Engagement

We’re excited to introduce Barak Stockler as our new Director of Youth Engagement. Barak is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo and a life-long member of Kol Ami. Most recently, Barak led our High Holy Days Youth Services, traveled with our Youth Group, and was responsible for our youth at the Kol Ami Retreat. Barak is excited to continue the outstanding programming for which Kol Ami is known, to teach in our Religious School, to travel with our Youth, and to create new initiatives as he works with Rabbi Tom and the leadership of our Kol Ami Youth Group. With Barak in charge, great things are in store for the Youth at Kol Ami!

CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: BarakStockler@NYKolAmi.org
(914) 949-4717 X111