The role of the Education and Youth Department is to provide a diverse program for our children of all ages in the congregation. Our Shearith Israel families come from many varied backgrounds and have the opportunity to participate in many educational programs.
At Shearith Israel, your little ones are always welcome. We have babysitting on Saturday mornings, and offer Tot Shabbat on the first and third Shabbats of the month.
As part of the national Kadima movement in Conservative Judaism, our 6th through 8th graders have a Kadima group that meets monthly for activities and learning. Usually based around a social function, programming includes religious, educational, and social-action activities. Programs include movies, ice skating, pool parties, rock climbing, and other social, engaging events.
The USY group, part of the International Conservative Youth Movement, provides social and learning opportunities for teenagers in 9th through 12th grades. The group meets twice monthly, with one event purely social and the other with Jewish content. Programming is often focused on Israel, social justice, or simply hanging out. Over the past year, events have included challah making for charity, an overnight “lock-in” at the shul, monthly “Rap with the Rabbi,” teen Shabbat, and Atlanta Food Bank donations.
USY provides opportunities for leadership, meeting teens from different schools, and resume building for college applications. The Shearith Israel chapter often gets together with other local Atlanta chapters to help build Jewish friendships across the city.
Shearith Israel is affiliated with the southeastern region of United Synagogue Youth, allowing our USY-ers to join in activities with other teenagers from the Southeast.
For information, please contact Rabbi Marshall Lesack at email@example.com or 404-503-9906.