Youth Groups

Our youth group is about building relationships and making connections through social programming and leadership opportunities. Kids/Teens build lasting friendships, meaningful memories and lifetime connections to Tikkun Olam, community and Judaism.

Our high school students are members of BeSTY (Bet Shalom Temple Youth), which is affiliated with our international Reform Youth Movement called North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). NFTY hosts quarterly retreats called kallot and many of our students are encouraged to attend the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp (OSRUI), our movement’s summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI where Rabbis Locketz and Crimmings serve as faculty members during the summer and our youth advisor, Jake, serves as Rosh Communications.

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JYG 3rd - 6th: Events

Click below to see our events for 2019-2020. JYG meets after Religious School on Sunday’s. Fun outings are planned all around the Twin Cities!

Jan 26: Combined 3rd-8th AirMaxx, 11:30-2:00

Feb 9: Art Fair (Studio Day), 11:30-2:00

Feb 28-Mar 1: JYG Kallah @ OSRUI (6th graders)

Mar 15: Minnesota Science Museum, 11:30-2:00 

Apr 19: Zoo, 11:30-2:00 

7th - 8th Grade Youth Group: Events

Click below to see our events for 2019-2020! Events will be lead and planned by teens and BeSTY members.

Jan 26: Combined 3rd-8th AirMaxx, 11:30-2:00

Feb 28-Mar 1: JYG Kallah @ OSRUI 

Mar 14: Movie Night, 6:00-8:00pm

May 3: Combined 3rd-8th BeSTYpalooza

BeSTY 9th - 12th Grade: Events

More information coming soon! Events will be lead and planned by BeSTY members.

Jan 18: Limo Ride 7-10pm

Jan 24-26: NFTY Winter Kallah @ Shir TIkvah

Feb 22: Overnight

Mar 7 : Purim Carnival Set Up: 6-9pm

Apr 11: Social Action Seder: during Passover – 6-9pm

Apr 30-May 3:  NFTY Spring Kallah 

May 16: Minnehaha Falls 6-9pm


Emma Locketz


Sarah Mikhelson


Sophie Homberger


Noa Mor


Mason Krasnoff


Maya Mor


Na’amah Murphy


Ari Weisberg


Brenna Gross


Laura Schoenzeit


Danielle Mazo

General Board

Noah Rubin

General Board

Naiya Laskin

General Board

Sydney Frank

General Board

Sonja Milkovich

General Board

Ben Adelman

General Board

Samantha Glass

Meet Jake Levine!

Jake hails from Ann Arbor, MI and is a proud product of the Reform Movement, NFTY, and the URJ’s Kutz Camp. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in International Studies, he made Aliyah to Israel to work for the World Union for Progressive Judaism and later Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement and provider of Israel experiences. Prior to coming to Bet Shalom, he was the Kutz Camp’s Program Director for its final summer.

Jake joined the Bet Shalom team in 2019 and is thrilled to serve as the synagogue’s CLASP Fellow, working as the Youth Advisor during the year here in Minnetonka and as Rosh Communications at OSRUI during the summer!