David Agam

CBS youth and teen groups offer young community members a great way to explore Judaism and Jewish identity in a fun, social environment with their peers.


Kadima (Grades 5 – 8): Kadima is the international youth organization for Jewish pre-teens, sponsored by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). Activities include games, sports, social action, and learning about Jewish culture. These meaningful activities are similar to those done in SFUSY so that these pre-teens are already familiar with their local community by the time they get to high school and start attending conventions and summer programs.

Kadima membership for 2018-19 / 5778 is $54. If your family is not yet a member of CBS, you are still welcome to join our Kadima chapter; the non-member price is $90.

SFUSY (Grades 9 – 12): Part of the New Frontier Region of United Synagogue Youth (USY), SFUSY is affiliated with USCJ, and inspires Jewish teens across North America to explore, celebrate, and practice Jewish ethics and values while instilling in them a deep bond to the State of Israel and a sense of community responsibility. In the process, these teens engage with the Jewish community through local chapter events, regional and international conventions, and summer programs, where they learn more about life, friendship, religion, and leadership. To learn more about USY, you can visit the International USY website.

Upcoming Events: You may see some of our SFUSY board members on Shabbat mornings in the coming months, where we will be leading services, assisting Shabbat School teachers, and running programs for the Shabbat School madrichim. We will be hosting a Social Action/Tikkun Olam Event in November and a Hannukkah event in early December. Dates and details for these events are still being finalized, but you can stay up to date by checking the Congregation Beth Sholom calendar and looking out for future emails.

SFUSY membership for 2018-19 / 5779 is $72 and includes regional/national dues. If your family is not yet a member of CBS, you are still welcome to join SFUSY for $108.

For more information about USY and Kadima, please contact David Agam.



Madrichim (Grades 9 – 12): Our very successful Madrichim program gives teens the opportunity to continue their own learning as they assist with the instruction of younger students. Teens are eligible for compensation for their work. To learn more about becoming a madrich/a, please read this detailed overview and FAQ. When you are ready to apply, please download and complete our application form and return it to the Director of Youth Education, Rebecca Goodman, either in person or via email.

On Shabbat mornings, Rabbi Amanda Russell (our Rabbinic intern) guides the students (Grades 8 – 12) in leadership development and ways to be active in the Jewish community. She will meet with the students from 9:30–10:30 a.m. on the following days in 2018-19: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11. Please visit the Shabbat School page for registration information.

On Thursday evenings, Rabbi Ain and Noa Bar will meet with students (Grades 8 – 12) from 6–8 p.m. Students are all invited to join the congregation’s minyan service at 6, which is followed by a light dinner and learning with Noa. The students will help provide input to guide the topics that they discuss in class each month, including current events and politics. 2018-19 sessions will take place TBD. Please visit the Shabbat School page for registration information.

To register for classes, please complete the “Registration Form” and “Tuition Form,” both of which can be found on the Shabbat School page. Please contact the Director of Youth Education, Rebecca Goodman, with any questions.