Youth Mission Statement
Philosophy and Goals
The Young Israel of Scarsdale believes that children are an integral part of our community and is committed to providing an environment that will enable the children who live in the Scarsdale community the opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually and religiously and to develop into productive members of the greater Jewish community and society at large.
Helping Children Feel Loved and Comfortable
The Young Israel of Scarsdale loves children and encourages its members to bring their children to services. It recognizes that children and their parents come from different religious, educational and ethnic backgrounds. The Synagogue wants to create an environment that is not threatening or alien and where each child, no matter what his or her background, will feel comfortable; one that is warm, nurturing, fun, meaningful, and accepting for all children. It is the Synagogue’s aim to maintain a relationship with each child so that he or she knows that the Synagogue is a place where he or she will always welcomed and appreciated.
Building Jewish Pride
The Young Israel of Scarsdale wants to instill in its children a sense of pride in their people, religion and the Land of Israel. It hopes to give them a spirit of religious sensitivity and observance accompanied with knowledgeable conviction to actively participate in the Jewish life and assume necessary roles in the Jewish community.
Forging A Life Long Connection With The Jewish People
The Young Israel of Scarsdale believes that empowering children to participate in synagogue services and its rituals will enable them to develop the skills and confidence to comfortably participate in Jewish communal life as adults and thereby learn to cherish involvement in Judaism throughout their lives.
The Young Israel of Scarsdale believes that a synagogue is a holy place and that children should be guided to respect the sanctity of the synagogue, its contents and the services that are conducted within.
PLAN OF ACTION
The Young Israel of Scarsdale is committed to providing the resources required to design and implement a Youth Program that reflects its philosophies and goals. The Synagogue recognizes that ultimately the success of the Youth Programs requires the active involvement and cooperation of its religious leaders, administration, parents, members and children. The Young Israel of Scarsdale Youth Committee shall, together with the Rabbi, the officers of the synagogue and the Youth Director, have the following responsibilities:
- Develop a Youth Program
- Oversee the implementation of the Youth Program • Evaluate the efficacy of the Youth Program
- Meet periodically with the Youth Director and staff
- Observe, first-hand, the Youth Program • Evaluate the Youth Director and staff.
At the very least, the Youth Program shall include the following elements:
- Underscore the synagogue as a domain of learning and living of Judaism
- Market the Young Israel of Scarsdale Youth Department Mission Statement and communicate its goals to parents • Promote parental awareness and involvement
- Advocate parental responsibility for child’s behavior
- Encourage parents to play an active role in the teaching of Tradition
- Provide for Leadership Training
- Meet with Youth Director and staff to accomplish the goals
- Help guide and implement the program
- Personally observe and evaluate staff and programs
The Youth Committee will meet on a regular basis to carry out the foregoing.
For Teens: THE JEWISH ENRICHMENT LEARNING CENTER (JELC)
The Jewish Enrichment Learning Center is a place where teens go to learn, schmooze, and of course, eat. There is always someone there to help you with your work or learn with you. If you have something else to study, and/or if you need to get out of the house, this is the place. If you need an excuse to eat Dougies and schmooze, this is the place. Here at JELC we believe in a very relaxed environment, where learning is made fun, easy and enjoyable. So share your time, and appetite with JELC.