Youth Groups

Your South Hills Pittsburgh Jewish Youth Connection!

List of Upcoming Young Family events

List of Upcoming Teen events

Sadie Kalathunkal, Youth Director

Hello all! My name is Sadie Kalathunkal and I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Youth Advisor for Beth El! We currently have 3 groups for various age ranges! 

They are broken down as follows:
Shachar, K – 3rd Grade
Jr. Kadima, 4th – 6th Grade 
Sr. Kadima, 7th- 9th Grade

Emails are sent out monthly regarding each age groups monthly event! If you’d like to be on an email chain please email [email protected] with your child’s name and age group
On each email there is information on how to RSVP. Please note that RSVPs are extremely important to ensure your child’s safety with proper amounts of chaperones. Unfortunately, without proper RSVPs I may need to turn away last second sign ups if it would affect the amount of chaperones needed. 
Doing so would break my heart- so PLEASE RSVP!!!
I can’t wait to meet you all in person and have an amazing year!! 

BGUSY (pronounced Bah- Goo- See) is short for Ben Gurion United Synagogue Youth. We are a Jewish teen-oriented youth group based at Beth El. BGUSY is a Central Region USY chapter, and we provide THE BEST opportunities for Pittsburgh Jewish teens to connect with each other, as well as with other teens in the region’s many participating states.

We provide the perfect balance of Jewish events and activities and more secular activities for Jewish teens. We provide a comfortable and invigorating environment for teens to discover and/or strengthen their Jewish Identity. Learn more

KADIMA is a Beth El youth group for kids in grades 6-8. We provide fun opportunities for social engagement and social action several times a year. Learn more

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