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Young Israel Youth Department



Weekly Shabbat Morning Programs:

We strive to cultivate age appropriate programs that both engage our youth in meaningful prayer experiences while at the same time creating a fun atmosphere at synagogue. Groups meet each Shabbat from 10:15 am-11:15 am at the Young Israel of West Hartford.


Junior groups

Ages: <5 years old

Children five years and younger are invited to participate in our interactive Shabbat morning groups. The morning program is led by two trained teenagers and incorporates a regular routine of tefilot (prayers), songs, fun activities and stories.


Junior Congregation

Ages: 1st-5th Grade

Children in grades 1st through 5th are invited to lead and take on various roles in Shabbat Morning Davening. There is a focus on Tefilah (prayer) and parsha. This program is led by series of trained teenagers and our very talented Morah Devorah Lustig.


Monthly Programs:


Tot Shabbat circle

Ages: <5 years old

Meets on the first Shabbat of the month, starting at 10:30-11:15.

Tot Shabbat provides a warm, fun-filled Shabbat experience for young children with their parents. It is led by a rotation of mothers from the congregation. The morning encompasses playtime and circle time which includes davening, singing, parsha and story time followed by a special Shabbat treat.


Mussaf & Munch

Ages: 6th-10th Grade

Meets Monthly.

Beginning right after the Haftorah in the main minyan, our teens break away to have their own teen-led mussaf service and share a dvar torah by one of their peers. Of course, Mussaf is always followed by a MUNCH: a delicious Kiddush with chulent, kugel, chips and soda….we think you get the idea.


YIWH Kidz Klub

Ages: K - 6th Grade

Meets Monthly.

Once a month, join friends for a fun filled good ol’ time. Activities are geared for children K through 6th grade. Join us for a Pizza Making Party or a Bowling Extravaganza and many other awesome events!


Yearly Programs:

Young Israel Bat Mitzvah Program

Under the guidance of our wonderful Rebbetzin, Miriam Brander, young woman are invited to explore what it means to become a bat mitzvah and become part of a community. Through text based learning, hands on experiences and a host of informal educational experiences, our young women learn about the themes of Tefilah (prayer), Limmud Torah (Torah study), Chesed (kindness) and Tzedakah (charity). 


Young Israel: Teen Leadership Experience (TLE)

As many of our teens already serve as leaders in our youth department and our schools, the Young Israel Teen Leadership Experience offer an opportunity for our pre-teens and teens to develop their leadership capacity, refine their conflict resolution skills and learn how to effectively plan and run a program--all while providing a living laboratory for our teens to put their skills into practice. To accomplish this, TLE consists of two complementary components: first is a 6 session series where participants engage and explore a wide variety of topics including public speaking skills, discussions about leadership style and strategies, conversations about Judaism, Society and the Workplace, Conflict Resolution Workshops and tips and tools for running effective programs and groups; the second part will be practical and proactive opportunities to put these skills into practice through leading morning groups as well as finding other venues to 'test drive' these skills.

Tue, June 25 2019 22 Sivan 5779