Register for all teen programs (Tzedakah Board, Madrikhim, etc.) online Here

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Teen Engagement & Community Building

BESTY is an awesome opportunity to discover the depths of Jewish community through developing bonds and strengthening friendships with other teens. Through monthly socials and events including a couple of major retreats, our teens have many diverse pathways into Jewish engagement that are both meaningful and fun. Our teen leadership board and clergy team are deeply committed to creating an inclusive space where your unique presence and contributions are valued.

• Co-Presidents: Ethan Cortes, Ethan Engler, Gabriel Young
• Programming VP: Lilith Lanier
• Social Action VPs: Ella Levi, Sophia Roye
• Religious & Cultural VPs: Hannah Spector, Levi Wieder
• Membership VP: Chloe Berg
• Communications VP: Jane Griffin
• Fundraising and Financial VPs: Tamara Cortes, Lily Lustig, Talia Penzell
• Songleading VP: Jaidan Kiefer

Contact Jesse Arzt, Youth Director, at with any questions about our teen programming. Registration for this fall will open in the spring with elections for our BESTY board in May. Check the website for details!

This group of teens is extremely dedicated to BESTY and ensuring that we have great events and. meaningful experiences.

For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Jesse Arzt and I am the BESTY Youth Advisor. In collaboration with Cantor Young and and our BESTY teen board, we have had an amazing time creating fun and meaningful programming for our teen community. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

2020-21 CALENDAR

August 16, 2020
Childspree —- followed by BESTY Board making care packages for college kids (at someone’s home TBD)

Catalina Day Trip (kick off event)
September 6, 2020 (Labor Day Sunday)

Tashlich picnic with the community
September 20,2020

Sukkot Event (Pizza in the Hut, Outdoor Shabbat Services, and Shabbat Club)
October 2, 2020

Knott’s Scary Farm
November 1, 2020

Chanukah PALOOZA/ SHINING LIGHTS/ Shabbat Club
December 11, 2020

BESTY Potluck Picnic & Escape Room
January 17, 2021

Synagogue Event-Purim
BESTY runs Mishloach manot station
February 26, 2021

NFTY Chesed Kallah (Dates not release yet still need to be confirmed)
March 12-14, 2021

April 23-26, 2021

BESTY Board Elections
May 10, 2021
*Exec. Board prerequisites:
– Must have served on board for at least 1 year
– Must be a current member of BESTY and a member of Temple Beth El.

Teen/Mitzvah Recognition-with lock in celebration
May 21, 2021


8th Grade Tzedakah Board

Leadership & Changing The World

BESTY teens have many opportunities to contribute to our synagogue and the greater community. Our teen programming offers much more than a place to socialize and “hang out.” Through new experiences, our teens have the chance to learn, grow, and transform the world around them. Our BESTY teens are integrated into our wider Temple Beth El community where they get to share their leadership in our religious school and in some of our biggest synagogue events and holidays. Our 8th Grade Tzedakah Board gives away thousands of dollars to make a difference in our community, supported by the wisdom of our Jewish tradition.

Tzedakah Board is a philanthropic foundation of eighth graders who commit time outside of school to engage in questions of how to fix our broken world. In this influential and dynamic program, participants learn about Jewish wisdom on charitable giving and social change, financial literacy, and modern philanthropy, and then award $4,000 – $10,000 to organizations that they deem effective in making the world a better place. Each registered participant contributes $600, which includes $100 to the group’s philanthropic fund. It is our hope that your child contribute some or all of the $100 to this fund (most use gifts received celebrating their bar/bat mitzvah). The group funds are pooled, and then matched by an anonymous donor, and students also participate in a group fundraising activity to increase the total amount they will grant to the organizations and causes they value and choose to support. Participating in the Tzedakah Board will give teens the following:

  • Greater sophistication about money and how it can be leveraged to make positive change in the world.
  • Deeper knowledge about how the wisdom of Judaism can inform your decisions about money and how to use it for prosperity for all
  • Connection to other Temple teens around the mission of making a difference in the world.
  • A remarkable extracurricular activity on your resume to help open the door for college and other job positions when you reach that stage.

Calling all 8th-12th graders!
Mondays 4:30-6:30pm and/or Fridays 4-7pm

While earning community service hours and giving back to the temple community, teens can be mentors, build relationships, gain valuable leadership skills, and spend time with friends by helping out in classrooms with pre-K through 7th grade students in religious school. Get involved by contacting our Program Director, Wendy Yesharim for more details at

Passport to Regional Events
Since TBESOC is affiliated with both Reform and Conservative national movements, the BESTY community is included as part of both the local NFTY Reform teen chapter and the USY Conservative teen chapter. BESTY members can participate in Regional Youth Events, allowing them to make friendships with an even wider group of teens.

Program Costs

Tzedakah Board: $600
(Includes: $100 for the group’s philanthropic giving fund AND membership in BESTY membership)

BESTY membership (9th-12th Graders): $500
(BESTY membership includes admission for all events)


Fridays from 4-7pm

August 28, 2020

September 11

October 16

December 4

January 22, 2021

February 5 & 19

March 5 & 26

May 7 & 21