Our young people - including our teens - love being Jewish and love being part of our Jewish community. We understand that engaging our youth in Jewish and synagogue life is a top priority of Congregation Or Ami. We want our post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens to continue their intensive connection to the community. That means we begin early, by create meaningful social, leadership and learning opportunities for all our young people.
Our high school youth group, LoMPTY (Light of My People Temple Youth), offers a full calendar of engaging activities for teens in 9th through 12th grade. Affiliated with NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth movement, LOMPTY combines social, cultural and religious programming, as it brings our teens together with other Jewish teens from all over Southern California.
Our middle school youth group offers SoMPTY (Sparks of My People Temple Youth), engaging activities for 6th through 8th grade students. In addition, we hold Kef Nights, (Hebrew for "fun"), which are fun, socializing events.
Our 4th through 6th graders enjoy activities including the annual 4th-6th Grade Retreat.
Kindergarten through 3rd graders enjoy activities including Pajama Party with the Rabbis and Cantor.
In our 7th through 11th grade programs, students explore critical teen issues from a contemporary Jewish perspective. Ninth through 11th grade Confirmation students meet twice a month with Rabbi Paul Kipnes. All teens are invited to take our Confirmation Class for a test drive. For more information, contact Rabbi Paul Kipnes.