SoMPTY (Sparks of My People Temple Youth) is our energetic youth group for 6th through 8th grade students. Led by youth advisors and guided by our senior youth group board, SoMPTY is designed for socializing and relationship building within our community. Whether engaging in fun activities or social action projects, the teens develop an appreciation for Jewish community and their own worthiness as pre-teens.
Our SoMPTY Advisor Amanda Caldwell recently moved to Southern California after spending 9 years in Tucson, AZ, where Amanda earned her Masters in Special Education from the University of Arizona. While in Tucson, Amanda taught 4th and 5th grade special education. Amanda is currently working on becoming a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). While working on this she will also be teaching special eduction at a non-profit school called The Help Group in Sherman Oaks.
Amanda served as youth group advisor for 3 years at the local temple. Amanda has big plans to continue to transform SOMPTY into an exciting group for 6th-8th graders. Amanda said, “I am so excited to get to know and work with all of the energetic youth here at Congregation Or Ami. I have heard such wonderful things about this community.”
4th-6th Grade Retreat
Because your children are exceedingly busy, Or Ami’s retreat is so important. During a Shabbat at Camp Alonim with their Or Ami family, they will develop friendships with other kids in our program, relax away from the pressures of school, and take in some fresh air. The weekend - staffed by our rabbis and cantor, interns and beloved teachers - includes games, food, fun activities, sports, and a festive Shabbat celebration.
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.