For more information about any of our programs please contact our Director of Youth Engagement, Scott Lowen at 248-851-1100 or
2019 – 2020 BETY Board
President: Sara Taub
Vice President in charge of Programming:Andrew Frenkel
Vice President in charge of Social Action: Ryan Chekan
Vice President in charge of Community Relations: Ryan Goodman
Vice President in charge of Social Media:Ella Taub
Freshman Representative: Isaac Cohen
Beth El Temple Youth (BETY) is our group for teens in grades 9-12. BETY focuses on the development of Jewish identity and a connection to Jewish life. It’s a supportive, caring and welcoming space for all, where you will be empowered by your peers to learn and lead. We have committed, enthusiastic clergy and staff who serve as accessible and fun role models. All our teens learn and connect in ways that are meaningful and significant. They get to know their peers and clergy in both formal and informal settings. The Beth El Temple Youth Group is growing, and we want all high school students to be a part of it.
One of BETY’s biggest events is our annual Ellin and Harold Lawson Youth Institute weekend. An amazing weekend filled with fun, social action and learning about a new city. In the past we have traveled to cities such as Toronto, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Detroit and many others. This amazing annual weekend will be headed to NYC in January of 2020 for our BETY teens. This weekend wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the Lawson Family.
JBETY is our youth group for our 6th, 7th and 8th grade middle schoolers. JBETY serves to keep teens involved in the pre and post Bar/Bat Mitzvah years while also providing them with a smooth transition into our high school program. JBETY offers events ranging from social action to fun social evenings. For the 2019-2020 school year, JBETY has some great events planned such as an escape room, touring Ford Field, whirlyball and more! We hope to see everyone at all our exciting new JBETY events this year!
NEW on the 2019-2020 calendar for our JBETY students, we hope your child(ren) will join us for a Shabbat overnight at the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center. In addition to making new friends and hanging out with old ones, we will explore as we play, pray, sing together and experience a beautiful Shabbat in nature. During the retreat, we will be participating in indoor and outdoor activities.
BETY35 brings our elementary students together and to the Temple. We offer a variety of activities on Sunday afternoons during the year for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. For the 2019-2020, we have great activities planned, including trips to the Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak, Ninja Warrior gym in Southfield, a movie afternoon, a holiday social action project, and the annual BETY35 lock in at temple. It’s going to be an awesome, fun filled year and we can’t wait to have your child(ren) join us!
Purim is an exciting and fun holiday which all Jewish child(ren) look forward to, and our annual Carnival is a highlight of our year! We dress up in our fun costumes, read the megillah as a community, shake our graggers, and then it’s Carnival time! The carnival is run by our youth and is our largest fundraiser of the year. The funds we raise go directly to help support all of our youth groups and activities!