Fun for Kids and Teens
Oseh Shalom offers a range of ways for kids, teens and adults to have fun and connect with other Jewish kids and teens.
- Oseh Experience Dinners and Events: Free dinners, havadalah, games, movies and other events to help connect you to Jewish tradition and the Oseh community.
- High Holy Days Junior Congregation: Oseh offers supervised services geared to many different age groups so everyone can have a meaningful experience. Teen are encourage to join their parents in the main sanctuary or volunteer to work with the younger children, serve as ushers or in other volunteer roles.
- Hanukkah Party: Our Social Hall overflows with all kinds of Hanukkah themed activities, games, crafts and present wrapping for our adopted family, plus pizza, donuts, and more to keep everyone fueled.
- Howard County Purim Carnival: Join more than 1000 other Jewish area residents from Howard and nearby counties at this amazing event with activities for toddlers through teens.
- Monthly Shabbat Dinners and a Havdalah dinner offer a chance to meet other families and break bread together.
- Purim Bowl: Eat, drink and making merry. Adults can join the pre-Passover wine tasting for Passover. Everyone can dress or or down and make noise!
- Bnai Brith Teen Group–see below for our dynamic teen group
- End of school year party--ice cream, field games and other activities end our school year
- Barbecue and Barchu: Come on out for annual picnic in the Oseh courtyard. Grab a kosher burger or veggie or regular dog and all the sides and relax in the sun or shade.
Join the FUN Committee. Help with one activity or several. Minimal meetings, maximum fun for kids. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
B’nei Brith Youth Oraganization (BBYO)
Oseh Shalom BBYO is a co-ed, teen-run but advisor-supervised group for children between 9th and 12th grade. This local chapter of the international order of Bnai B’rith Youth Organization is one of the largest and most active in the area. We have 70+ members that join us for a variety of activities ranging from Shabbat Dinners to Jewish Singled Out. BBYO encourages the teen leaders to plan and execute creative programming in each of the five required areas: social, educational, athletic, Judaic and community service/social action. Many of our members serve and mingle on the council level as well as the Regional level. Our boys also compete in football and basketball leagues. For more information, contact the Oseh Office.
CAMP Havaya (JRF), Fun, Friendship and Jewish Living
Camp JRF is a summer camp filled with a joyful, creative, and inclusive Reconstructionist community. Campers swim, play soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and other sports. They sing and explore other arts. They learn from visiting artists, scholars, and rabbis, as well from talented specialists and dedicated college-age counselors. Our campers make lasting friendships, experience a safe and fun summer, explore Jewish tradition, forge their own Jewish identity, and participate in creating a Jewish culture in which our values are lived each day.
Reconstructionism is a progressive approach to Jewish life which integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights of today. At Camp Havaya, we not only teach Jewish living skills, but we also create a warm and caring community, where campers can build character and learn a deep respect for Jewish tradition and what it has to offer in everyday life.
Located on the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus in the Pocono Mountains, Camp Havaya is within easy driving distance of Maryland, and a short flight from the rest of the country. The site is on 130 acres of beautifully wooded land in South Sterling, Pennsylvania, and includes a waterfront with canoes and kayaks; a low and high ropes course and climbing wall; a heated swimming pool; endless hiking trails; a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and volleyball courts, basketball courts, archery and athletic fields; a state-of-the art theatre; an arts & crafts center; an indoor athletic facility and a complete health center.
Our campers range in age from eight to seventeen and come from communities across North America, Israel and the world, forming a vibrant, unique and exciting Jewish community in the woods. They are supported by mature staff members who believe in Reconstructionist values and in the importance of positive Jewish experiences for youth. The camp community is completed by a core group of faculty members – rabbis, educators, cantors, rabbinical students, and youth workers – who help to incorporate Jewish learning into each part of the camp program. Everyone comes together to form a community like no other, a community which is certainly not to be missed!
For more information, visit the Camp Havaya website at: www.campjrf.org