Youth Groups provide a wide variety of programs and activities. Lifelong friendships and memories are created through participation in these terrific programs.
Introducing Katie Rifkin
CBT’s New Youth Engagement Coordinator
Katie Rifkin is an art teacher at Richardson High School and is thrilled to begin working in the role of youth engagement coordinator at CBT. Katie grew up in the Learning Center at Congregation Beth Torah and is excited to help support our families. Katie has a BFA in visual art studies from UNT and got her MA in art education from Boston University. She enjoys making art, playing with her dog Ramsey, and going to Comic Con to meet her geek heroes. Katie plays an integral part of our educational team; she initiates and plans innovative programming in cooperation with our Director of Congregational Learning, rabbi, Education Vice President and lay leadership.She is in the process of developing a calendar of exciting, diverse events for our different age groups.
What is Gareen?
Gareen is a youth group for children in grades 3-5. Some of their favorite activities include pizza in the Sukkah, bowling party, Dallas Stars game, and the Men’s Club picnic. To learn how to join, email us at Gareen@congregationbethtorah.org.
What is Kadima?
The international youth organization for Jewish youth grades 6 to 8. Sponsored by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Kadima offers programs through Congregation Beth Torah.
Beth Torah Kadima offers an exciting and full program of socials, trips, get-togethers, holiday observances, and much more, including the Kadima Konvention.
Membership in Kadima entitles you to participate in all Kadima activities. Every Kadima member also receives Kol Kadima, a quarterly magazine that includes stories, games, articles about Jewish topics, and other activities of interest.
What is USY?
USY stands for United Synagogue Youth, and it is the group (grades 9 to 12) associated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY is divided into three levels: the chapter, the region and international USY. RASHI is affiliated with Congregation Beth Torah. Our region, the Southwest Region of USY (SWUSY), is composed of chapters from all over Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The third level is the international level, made up of all the regions from all over the United States and Canada.