At Temple Beth Shalom, kids are one of our top priorities. We are dedicated to helping you raise them to love their Jewish faith, culture, and heritage. There are so many chances for your child to be involved beyond Hebrew school and Sunday school. Check out the activities below, including summer camps, youth groups for kids of different ages, and scholarship opportunities for those who need them.
Kadima (Grades 5–8)
Kadima is the international youth organization for Jewish pre-teens, sponsored by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Our local chapter has fun activities at least once a month for kids in grades 5 through 8. Find more information on United Synagogue Youth’s page on Kadima.
USY – Spokane Adir (Grades 9–12)
Spokane Adir, our chapter of United Synagogue Youth, is a fun-loving, outgoing, and religious youth group chapter with more ruach (enthusiasm) than you could imagine! We have about 20 members each year, and we get together monthly for fun activities. You can find Spokane Adir on Facebook.
Throughout the year at Temple Beth Shalom, USY plans, leads, or contributes to these activities:
- Spaghetti Dinner – a delicious annual fundraiser led by USY. The profits support our local chapter, as well as providing donations to local Spokane nonprofits
- Kosher Dinner – USY members play a huge part in helping Temple Beth Shalom’s kosher dinner be a huge success each year
- USY-led services – USY members lead Friday night or Saturday morning services 1–2 times a year
Camp Solomon Schechter
Temple Beth Shalom and Camp Solomon Schechter have a 60-year relationship sprinkled with fun, friendship, and Jewish education in the Pacific Northwest. Many of our adult members at Temple Beth Shalom have stories about going to Camp Schechter as a kid!
Camp Solomon Schechter offers a welcoming and spiritual Jewish environment based upon the ideals of Conservative Judaism. Campers engage with Jewish spirituality and religion in new ways, building friendships, positive and immersive experiences of Jewish community, and opportunities for social, spiritual, physical, and emotional growth. And these experiences leave a lasting impression— a 2011 study by the Foundation for Jewish Camp found that Jewish kids who attend camp are more likely to practice Jewish behavior as adults.
At Camp Solomon Schechter, Judaism and joy are truly one. Visit the Camp Solomon Schechter website to learn more.
Youth Activities Scholarships
Temple Beth Shalom has scholarships available for certain youth activities, including Camp Solomon Schechter, USY events, and other summer, high school, and Israel travel programs. Download the Temple Beth Shalom Children and Teen Scholarships requirements form to learn more.