The Eretz Youth Club strives to create a welcoming environment for today’s youth with the purpose of sharing with them the rich tapestry of Jewish history.
Our Program is guided on Torah principals and we put an emphasis on teaching Jewish fundamentals – Aleph-Bet, Tefilla, Parasha – as well as proper Middot, respect for elders, kindness to one another and lastly a love of Israel.
Our youth program has grown tremendously in the last few years and we now have just finished our youth center (located downstairs) and have multiple programs for different age groups. Our youth are all well mannered and come from amazing homes. We have a weekly youth-only service and kiddush, fabulous prizes, and tons of activities to keep our precious souls well natured and excited to come back.
We look forward to making you part of our Eretz family!
Youth Services at ESCC champions all the best that Shabbat Services have to offer. The children at ESCC Youth raise their voices in Tefilla (Prayers), excitedly shout answer after answer in Aleph Beth Champ, sit riveted during Weekly Parasha/Holiday review, get deep in discussion with the Teen Corner, admire the tales told about the Jewish Hero of the Week, play a variety of interactive group-oriented Games, look forward to and participate enthusiastically in the Monthly Raffle and enjoy delicious food and treats in our very own Youth Kiddush (Kids only zone! No parents allowed!) which is always followed by Candy and Snack Bazaar!
Here’s a brief summary of each segment.
Tefilla Time aka Praying – ~10:15-10:45 am
Every week, we spend a few moments on the Jewish Prayer book (aka Siddur), a text that is over 2,500 years old and was compiled by The Men of the Great Assembly (who were the best and brightest Jewish minds). We begin with Modeh Ani, flow through with Adon Olam, Ashrei Yoshvei, and Shema. We are forever growing, becoming even better and greater, so we try to add more and more, both in content and in explanation, to help attain a more profound understanding of Jewish prayers, which have been said by Our Parents, Grandparents, and even Great Great Great Grandparents throughout the generations!
Aleph Bet Champ – 10:45 – 11 am
A HIGH AMP quiz-style review of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (starting with Aleph and Bet? Aleph Bet Champ always gets us PUMPED!
We review the letters and number values, the histories of these special characters that make up our Torah, and the Hebrew words and special meanings behind them in pursuit of becoming the next Aleph-Bet Champ!
Oftentimes, we’ve integrated exciting games that let us get up onto our feet and move around as we learn! We create the Hebrew alphabet letter in Play-Doh Aleph-Bet, jump while learning those letters in Aleph Hopscotch, learn our vowels as we throw around a ball in Eeh Oh Ooh!, and answer aleph-bet trivia as we use teamwork to Build the Tallest Tower.
Weekly Parasha/Holiday Review – 11-11:15 am
This is the Bread and Butter of the Youth Shabbat Services. It is our special time during which we discover the deeper meanings of one aspect of Judaism through the lens of the Weekly Parasha (Torah Portion) or upcoming Jewish Holiday. We learn how we can apply the Torah’s lessons to our lives in the life-long pursuit of becoming a better, more complete member of the community.
In order to get more one-on-one time with different age groups, we’ve even integrated the Teen Corner. With the Teen Corner, we gain deeper Parsha insights, learn about world events and issues, and consider Jewish Thought. We’ve even got our very own Teen Center underway!!! The Teen Center will be a place where ECC teens can hang out with their friends, be comfortable, and grow with their friends–a place to call their own.
Jewish Hero of the Week – 11:15 – 11:25 am
Every week we choose one historical Jewish figure and become acquainted with our hero, either a woman or a man, a Prophet, King, or Average Joe turned Hero; still, it’s always an individual who made his or her mark on Our People. We try and understand who this person was, where they came from, what they went through, and how they became the role models they are now to Us, the Jewish people!
Kiddush – 11:30 am
Grape Juice, Cholent (don’t worry, it’s parve!), Healthy Fruits and Snacks, Chocolate Milk, Cookies, Oreos, Caramel-Coated Popcorn— need I say more?
Well, if you insist….we’ve got the weekly regular of bagels, cream cheese, eggs, and our monthly special of Cold Cuts (including Pastrami, Mexican Turkey, Salami), hummus, baba ganoush, matbucha and – everyone’s favorite – Sushi (for when our kids have been extra-super-awesome)
Games – 11:45 and on
Think Front-End. Beginning to Finish. We begin with Games and end with Games: Good Old Family Style Games, including such titles as Jenga, UNO, Connect 4, and more….That’s what we do!
Oh, Yeahhh! Think of all that you wanted, but your parents wouldn’t buy… well, you won’t have that problem here. We raffle off Coffee Bean, Yogurt Land, iTunes gift cards, Morphie Cases, Headphones, Speakers, Legos, Huge Plush Dolls, Chamsa Necklaces, Drones with HD Cameras and – AMC GOLD EXPERIENCE – (Two Tickets, Two Drinks, and a Popcorn?
Candy and Snack Bazaar
Here, you can Deal and Trade using all the tickets you’ve earned during Tefillah Time, Aleph-Bet Champ, and simply by Paying Attention –after all, it was not for naught! You can trade-in your tickets for Lindt Swiss Chocolates, Sour Punch Sticks, Milanos, Salted Seaweed Packs, Jelly Belly’s, Dark Chocolate Acai Balls, Toblerone, and more….EVERY WEEK!