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Youth Programs

Wilshire Boulevard Temple offers fun and exciting programs to keep all our youth in touch with friends they made in school and the years beyond

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Youth

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Nothing could be better than meeting up with religious school or day school friends for some added fun! Join one of our WBTY Youth Programs - WBTYdeux for Grades 4-5 and Jr.WBTY for Grades 6-7.

Events include our annual retreat, a Havdalah Pajama-Rama, bowling, skating, rock climbing, laser tag, and so much more.

We also offer WBTYhelps, our revolutionary 7th and 8th grade Religious School program, designed to engage students in service learning to form deep connections between volunteer work and the Jewish tradition.

Youth Choir 

As a beloved feature of our Shabbat Music Services, the WBT Youth Choir is open to singers in Grades 2 – 6. Come celebrate music and song with others who love raising their voices. 

Under the direction of Cantors Don Gurney (Irmas) and Lisa Peicott (Glazer), Youth Choir members learn a wide variety of traditional and contemporary liturgical songs and inspire us all with beautiful solos, duets, and choral offerings at Shabbat services/Holiday celebrations.

Jam out with our rock band, Brawerman East and Religious School "Shir Joy" Youth Choir, and our "Cantor's Club" teen choir (grades 7+), as they lead our community in a family-oriented service. This sing-along service invites the entire community to join in as we celebrate Shabbat together at Glazer Campus.

To sign up for the Youth Choir and for additional information, please contact
Jesica Ryzenberg at (213) 835-2124 or cantorsoffice@wbtla.org

Day of Services

Schedule
The second Friday of every month during the school year.

For both Glazer and Irmas Youth Choir Shabbat

  • Rehearsal - 5 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Pizza Dinner - 5:30 to 5:50 p.m.
  • Services begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at approximately 7:00 p.m.
  • Dress code: dark bottoms and a white top.


Dates:

  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • *No April service due to Passover/Spring Break
  • Friday, May 10, 2019

Rehearsals

Rehearsals

  • Glazer Campus: Sundays at 12:00-12:30 p.m. for Religious School (during the school year)
  • Brawerman East (Grades 2-6): 2:45-3:30 p.m. in Factor Chapel
  • Irmas Campus: Sundays at 11:30 a.m. for Religious School (during the school year)
  • Brawerman West (Irmas): Fridays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. 

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Confirmation

The focus of Confirmation is to guide students at a pivotal age through an in-depth identity study, informed by the use of Jewish texts, and grounded by the principles of Reform Judaism. 

Each session is led by a Wilshire Boulevard Temple rabbi who facilitates sessions on the self, God, Torah, Israel, and other subjects with a modern spin. Students discuss and explore these foundational topics in an open and engaging environment.

Students have the opportunity to work alongside rabbis and friends in a congenial environment while they build their Jewish identity. The program culminates with a Confirmation ceremony at the end of the year.

Summer Camp

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For more than 65 years, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps have been providing a dynamic and fun environment where campers and staff become part of a community. 

The camps are designed to help youth develop personal identity and self-esteem, build relationships, learn about Judaism, and increase their long-term commitment to their families, synagogues, and communities.

Our camps provide a variety of athletic, artistic, and recreational activities though a combination of elective and age-specific programming.

The daily routine is uniquely Jewish. Prayer is a component. Meals are blessed. Many of the songs we sing are in Hebrew or have Jewish content. While knowledge acquisition is valued, our primary goal is the deepening of identity and commitment.

Religious School

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Religious School is a Jewish home away from home, committed to providing a joyous experience of fun and learning throughout a child’s kindergarten through high school years.

Our ultimate goal is connecting students to Torah, traditions, and customs while ushering them into this vibrant, welcoming, community. 

At its core, the Religious School embraces the philosophy of reform Judaism — the fusing of Jewish practice and tradition, ideals and faith, with our 21st century sensibilities, innovations, and realities.

Emphasizing mitzvot, values, rituals and a focus on tikkun olam, our school offers many engaging learning options, including once-a-week classes, once-a-month programs, in-home religious school, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, a variety of high school programming, youth groups, retreats and service learning trips. 

With community building as the foundation of all religious school experiences, we provide an environment for active, living, Judaism that is sensitive to students’ busy, often overextended schedules, and speaks directly to our families. To that end, we recognize the demands of children’s extracurricular activities, homework, traffic, and everyday life on families, and strive to provide flexibility in our programs. 

For more information, call
(424)-208-8906 or email rsinfo@wbtla.org