Kadima

Kadima is Conservative Judaism's youth group for 6th-8th graders. At Bet Torah, events are usually for 6th and 7th graders, since 8th graders are in TLC. Bet Torah Kadima events are open to all Jewish teens, not just Bet Torah congregants.

What is Emek?

Kadima and USY are the international youth group of Conservative Judaism. At Bet Torah, our division is Emek, which includes Putnam, Orange, Westchester, and Rockland County, as well as some of Connecticut. Our region is called METNY, which includes all of Emek, as well as the boroughs of New York City and Long Island.

The Emek Divisional Director is David Strinkovsky. If you have questions about Emek events, please email emek@metnyusy.org.

What is METNY?

The Metropolitan New York Region (METNY) gives Jewish teens in our area the opportunity to engage in various Jewish and social activities while forming friendships that last a lifetime. METNY strives to inspire meaningful encounters with Judaism and the Jewish people.

METNY USY offers middle and high school students the opportunity to engage in various Jewish and social activities while forming friendships that last a lifetime. Through a variety of programs throughout the year, METNY USY strives to inspire meaningful encounters with Judaism and the Jewish people. We believe that engagement, study, and action lead to personal fulfillment and growth. METNY USY aims to give teens opportunities to make significant contributions to their synagogues, communities, society, and the Jewish people.

Thanks to the thriving Jewish community in the Metropolitan Area, METNY is divided into geographical divisions (Sub-Regions) to better serve each communities needs. The three divisions that comprise METNY are Long Island (Ruach Division), Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan (Sababa Division), and the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Putnam county, and Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk, CT (Emek Division).

Our teens enjoy numerous conventions, a week-long summer encampment, dances, and special programs. In METNY USY there are many leadership opportunities that teens can take advantage of such as board positions, co- chairing events, and leading programs throughout the community. In addition, our teens participate in unforgettable summer programs across North America, Israel, and Europe, as well as the annual International Convention.

The METNY Regional Teen Engagement Director is Daniel Koas. You can email him at dkoas@uscj.org. The METNY Assistant Regional Teen Engagement Director is Gillian Bartell, who can be emailed at gbartell@uscj.org

How do I sign up for Bet Torah's Kadima chapter?

Join Kadima!

Teens in 8th grade should sign up for Kadima as part of TLC Registration.

Save these dates for future Kadima events? 

Tuesday, October 30, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Kadima Lounge at Bet Torah

Wednesday, November 21: Kadima and TLC Broadway Show Event

Sunday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.: NYC Donut Crawl for 7th-8th Graders (with Westchester Jewish Center)

Friday, December 14 - Saturday, December 15: METNY Kadima Shabbaton at Temple Israel of Great Neck, Long Island

Tuesday, January 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Kadima Lounge at Bet Torah for 6th-7th Graders

Sunday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Local Bet Torah Kadima Event

Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2: METNY Kadima Kinnus

OR

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Kadima Lounge at Bet Torah

Tuesday, April 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Kadima Lounge at Bet Torah for 6th-7th Graders

Tuesday, May 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Kadima Yom Haatzmaut Celebration at Bet Torah for 5th-7th Graders

Please note that there may be changes in the Bet Torah, Emek, and METNY calendars. Bet Torah's Youth calendar is always the most current and updated online.