One of our priorities at Temple Sholom is to offer opportunities for our young people to connect with each other and with the synagogue.
Weeknight Kef (fun) Club
3rd-7th graders have the weekly opportunity to socialize or work on homework in our “Kef (fun) Club” with our Youth Engagement & Curriculum Coordinator Caleb Bromberg in our Clonick Youth Lounge before and after Midweek Hebrew on Tuesdays, 4-4:25 PM and 5:30-6 PM, and on Wednesdays, 6-6:25 PM. Snacks and pizza are available for purchase on a daily or annual basis via sholomchicago.org/register.
Noar Shalom & Chavrei Shalom Youth Groups at Temple Sholom.
- Noar Shalom is our 6th – 8th grade youth group.
- Chavrei Shalom is our 3rd – 5th grade youth group.
Several times each year we invite children in these grades to gather for fun and socializing (and a little Jewish content) as part of the Temple community. These programs are open to all 3rd – 8th grade students, whether they are enrolled in our Religious School/Beit Sefer Shalom or not.
Orr Shalom – High School Youth Group
Our senior youth group for teens is led by a youth board and participates in monthly social action projects, social events, and Temple events. Members of the board facilitate the 5th-8th grade retreat and work as Madrichim in the Religious School.
Temple Sholom Retreats at OSRUI
OSRUI (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute) in Oconomowoc, WI is the official URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) summer camp of Temple Sholom. It is supported by all reform synagogues in the region, to connect our youth to each other, similarly to our local chapter of NFTY, our national Reform teen movement.
OSRUI, the Reform movement’s original overnight camp, offers one of the finest Jewish recreational experiences in the country, and the unique opportunity for children to see their “camp friends” at Sunday School! Children learn by doing, and immerse themselves in a camping experience that teaches, in practical and fun ways, the positive attributes of Jewish life and tradition, while offering all the joy of summer camp (sports, swimming, horseback riding, water skiing, etc.). Our clergy and educators serve as segel (faculty) for the camp.
Sholom Retreats at OSRUI
Each year we offer a number of retreat experiences for our students and families at OSRUI. These allow deeper connections to foster through singing, shared meals, learning and spending Shabbat together.
- JK-4th Grade Mishpacha (Family) Camp Getaway – January 24-26, 2020
Connect with other families, our clergy and staff while enjoying the magic of Shabbat at camp!
- 5th-8th Grade Youth Retreat – November 9-10, 2019
A weekend to strengthen connections to our community, deepen friendships and enjoy camp!
- 9th-12th grade Orr Shalom retreat – December 6-8, 2019
An opportunity for teens to experience a weekend planned and led by our youth group board.
Jewish Camp Scholarships
Many camps offer financial support – please begin by reaching out to your camp to see how they can help.
Contact the Foundation for Jewish Camp (www.onehappycamper.org) for funding for first-time campers. There is no firm deadline, but support is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Temple Sholom offers generous incentive grants for attending URJ/Jewish camps (such as OSRUI).
Contact Jay Rapoport for scholarship requests by December 31.
Register Today at www.OSRUI.org!