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Youth


From kindergarten through high school, our award winning Youth Department is home to a very active and diverse youth community.

Guided by a professional staff, our children and teenagers grades K-12th are engaged in social, educational, religious, and social action programming. Beth Am is also proud of our College Connection Program that helps our community members maintain their Jewish identities and stay connected with the Beth Am community while in college.

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Katan-Tan (Grades K-1)

Mahar (Grades 2-3)

Kadima (Grades 4-6)

USY - United Synagogue Youth (Grades 7-12)

College Connection (College)

Youth Scholarships (coming soon)

Katan-Tan (Grades K-1)
Join Beth Am’s youngest youth group for Jewish students in kindergarten and 1st grade. Reconnect with preschool friends and meet new ones in this fun for kids group.

The membership fee is $25 for Beth Am members and $30 for non-members, which provides discounts to all Katan-Tan events. Register for Katan-Tan.

For more information, please contact Allie Donahoo, our Director of Youth Activities at allie@betham.com or call (858) 481-8454 x 23.

Mahar (Grades 2-3)
Join Beth Am’s Mahar “tomorrow” youth group for Jewish students in 2nd and 3rd grade. We have monthly events and an End-of-the-Year Party! Become a member today!

The membership fee is $50 for Beth Am members and $60 for non-members, which provides discounts to all Mahar events. Register for Mahar.

For more information, please contact Allie Donahoo, our Director of Youth Activities at allie@betham.com or call (858) 481-8454 x 23.

Kadima (Grades 4-6)
“Forward”, is our group for 4th through 6th graders. Each month Kadimanicks get together with new and old friends for fun and active programs that focus on Israel, religious, tikkun olam programming in a fun welcoming environment.  In addition to monthly events, Kadima, as part of the Far West Region of United Synagogue Youth, participates in a regional retreat weekend at Camp Ramah.

The membership fee ($60 Beth Am families • $70 non CBA members) includes Beth Am Chapter membership, which provides discounts at all chapter events, and Far West Regional membership. Register for Kadima.

For more information, please contact Allie Donahoo, our Director of Youth Activities at allie@betham.com or call (858) 481-8454 x 23. 

USY (Grades 7-12)

Junior USY
Junior United Synagogue Youth is our Pre/Post Bar Mitzvah group for 7th & 8th graders. Jr. USY has bimonthly Saturday night social events, as well as participates in Teen Minyan’s and lounge nights with Sr. USY.  The group incorporates Israel, social action, tikkun olam, and religious programming, while developing life-long friendships. As part of the Far West Region of United Synagogue Youth, Jr. USY attends two regional retreat weekends, with typically 150 Jr. USYers from around the region.

The membership fee ($80 Beth Am families • $95 non CBA families) includes Beth Am Chapter membership, which provides discounts at all chapter events, Far West Regional membership, and International USY membership.

Register for Jr. USY.

Senior USY
Senior United Synagogue Youth 9th – 12th graders meet on a weekly basis with fun and interactive lounge nights, monthly Teen Minyans, and monthly Saturday night events. Beth Am USY belongs to the Far West Region of United Synagogue Youth, which includes participation in several regional retreat weekends throughout the year including LTI, Encampment, and 2 regional conventions. USY builds the Jewish leaders by planning religious, Israel, social action, tikkun olam programming in a Jewish social setting. Sr USYers also have the opportunity to participate in international USY events, International Convention & USY summer programs. International USY helps build lasting friendships between Jewish teens across the world.

The membership fee ($80 Beth Am families • $95 non CBA families) includes Beth Am Chapter membership, which provides discounts at all chapter events, Far West Regional membership, and International USY membership.

Register for Sr. USY.

For more information, please contact Allie Donahoo, our Director of Youth Activities at allie@betham.com or call (858) 481-8454 x 23.