Youth Department

Enriching lives through community, lifelong Jewish learning, & spiritual growth!

Marissa Tait, Director of Youth Programs
Office: 412.421.2288 x463
Email: mtait@bethshalompgh.org

We have some really neat events coming your way!

Our Upcoming Youth Events!

Recent Videos

Under the direction of our Director of Youth Programs, Marissa Tait, and Director of Youth Tefillah, Rabbi Jeremy, our Youth Group has contributed to a video about the importance of the Beth Shalom United Synagogue Youth (BSUSY) group.

Thank you to Boaz Frankel for putting the video together and to all who participated

Purim Carnival 5780

Purim Carnival 5779

Teen Havdalah Event

The Youth Department thrives to create dynamic and diverse events that engage our youth and build relationships with each other, staff, clergy, and the Beth Shalom community. Ultimately we want to provide a safe place for our young voices and leaders, where they can be their authentic selves and develop a deeper commitment to our community. Through intentional and thoughtful youth programs, we help them gain a strong sense of Jewish identity, develop into life learners and be active members of our kehillah. This is made possible by our wonderful advisors and director who lead our youth with passion and dedication. We are proud of the progress and look forward to building onto our success!

If your child does not fall in the age group but is interested in attending an event, please email Marissa Tait at mtait@bethshalompgh.org.  Come be a part of it!

 Chaverim (K-1st Grade) Come Join Your Friends!

Chaverim is our youth group for children in Kindergarten-1st grade. We have a variety
of programs throughout the year that are both fun and engaging. This time allows children to have a good time and begin feeling the sense of community we foster in our Congregation.

Atid (2nd-4th Grades) Looking Towards The Future!

Atid is our youth group for children in 2nd-4th grade. This is an exciting and crucial time for Congregational youth to be involved and create friendships within the community. Through our programming, we are able to bring youth together in a fun,
engaging setting, allowing them to make new friends and feel connected to the Congregation.

Kadima (5th-7th Grades) Emerge As A Leader!

Kadima is our youth group for 5th-7th graders. In addition to awesome monthly programs, we have open lounge nights every other Monday where we hang out, eat pizza, play basketball and other games, and learn together. Kadima is a time where we engage and motivate our middle school group to become active USY members
and develop into leaders.

USY (8th-12th Grades) Making New Connections!

BSUSY is our high school youth group for 8th-12th graders. This program provides opportunities for our teens to take on leadership roles, create and lead events and services, and allows for an enormous amount of personal growth. In addition to monthly programs, USY has open lounge nights every other Monday evening, as well as several convention weekends throughout the year. Together we provide a solid foundation allowing space for our youth to cultivate and nurture their Jewish identities and their place within our Kehillah.