Congregation Har Shalom is affiliated with Seaboard USY & Kadima.

Bonim

K through 2

Bonim

Bonim is the “gateway” to the start of all the Youth Department Programs. Designed for grades K through 2, the events are also fun for parents to join in and meet other people. All events are supervised by our Youth Director but the parents of the participants are always encouraged to join in the fun! Typical events include field trips, Havdalah programs, and other social programs designed to make the kids feel comfortable at Har Shalom.

Machar

Grades 3-5

Machar

Machar is our youth group for
Grades 3 – 5.

Since children in this age group have already started Religious School, the goal of most Machar programs is to introduce 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to more of the less formal activities that Har Shalom offers. From trips to the bowling alley to something as simple as watching movies in the Youth Lounge, Machar is the place to be!

Kadima

Grades 6-8

Kadima

Kadima is a youth group for kids in Grades 6-8.
The kids participate in activities such as bowling, overnights, shabbatons and conventions (where they go away for 3 days). Har Shalom is one chapter in the whole Seaboard region (MD, VA, NC and WV). The participants make new friends while participating in activities that incorporate a Jewish meaning. The Kadima group is a great transition into our High School youth group, USY, and a wonderful way to meet other young Jews.

USY

Grades 9-12

USY

USY is a Jewish Youth group for High School students.
USY stands for United Synagogue Youth, founded in 1951. The kids participate in activities such as bowling, overnights, shabbatons and conventions (where they go away for 3 days). Har Shalom is one chapter in the whole Seaboard region (MD, VA, NC and WV). The participants make new friends while participating in activities that incorporate a Jewish meaning.

Special Message from David

I cannot believe that it has been a year since I started working at Har Shalom. In just a short year, our Youth Department has been recognized as a Chapter of Excellence for USY and Kadima, elected an International USY Vice President, built a incredible Bonim and Machar program as well as returned to the championship of the Kadima Basketball League. It has been a year of growth and progress. The Youth Department is excited to welcome three new members of the staff: Beth Hoch, Jennifer Newfeld and Hezi Shmueli, who I am excited to partner with in the year to come.

This year for me is about collaboration. I want to work with all members of the Har Shalom family to help enrich the lives of all the youth of our community. Whether it is the Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Sherman ECC and Religious School, the Youth Department wants to be exploring the incredible year that is upon us. I am reminded of a story that illustrates what it means to work together.

Rabbi Hayim of Zans (1792-1876), tells a story that one night a traveler had been wandering about in a forest for several days, not knowing which was the right way out. Suddenly he saw someone approaching him. His heart was filled with anticipation. “Now I will learn which is the right way,” he thought. When they neared one another, he asked, “Please tell me which is the right way out of this forest. I have been wandering about for several days.”

The other person said to him, “I do not know the right way out, either, for I too have been wandering about here for many, many days. But this I can tell you: do not take the way I have been going, for that will lead you astray. Now let us look for a new way together.”

This story teaches us a simple yet powerful message. We are not alone in the journey. This year, I hope that we can work together to help find the best path for our community. In the year ahead, lend a hand to someone in need. Say Shabbat Shalom to a new face on Shabbat morning. Invite a friend to a program. Smile when you see someone.

The small things count!

David B. Helfand

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