Youth & Family

The Adath Israel Congregation Youth Department offers programs for families and their children from birth through twelfth grade and beyond. The programs are grounded in the principles of Conservative Judaism and include the following topics: Tzedakah, Israel, Conservative Jewish practice, Tefillah and community. The Youth & Family Department offers congregational & community wide programs as well as youth group programming. The Youth & Family Department is run in conjunction with United Synagogue Youth, which is an international Conservative Jewish Youth organization.  We are proud to offer a youth group for everyone age birth – high school seniors.

20140427_100856Mazel Tots – The youngest group of Adath Israel Congregation is Mazel Tots. This group is for newborns through Kindergarten and their parents.  They meet from 9:00 am – 10:30 am Sunday mornings once a month. They begin in the school lobby for breakfast and schmoozing, then have a music session led by our music teacher Mitch Cohen followed by a special craft organized by a parent. It is a very relaxed, casual atmosphere so it is always ok to feed babies, let them sleep in strollers or car seats, cry, or do whatever babies like to do.

Family Service – A family friendly Shabbat service led by our parents and children meets once a month at 10:15am in Marcus Chapel. For families with newborn through 5th graders. After our service we join everyone in the main sanctuary at 11:30am for Adon Olam and a special kiddush. Children lead, even reading the Torah.  The service is suitable for both day school, religious and secular school students and families.

All are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in participating in the Family Service, contact Dara Wood at

20140613_182336Kiddush Club – This program is for newborn to 2nd grade children and their parents. It takes place on Friday evening and starts with a family friendly creative service followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner. It starts at 6:00 in Sagel.

20131020_130112Jewish Stars – Jewish Stars is our newest  Youth Group. It’s for Kindergarten through 2nd graders.  Kids meet together once a month for programs in the synagogue and around Cincinnati. This group allows students to come together to form and strengthen their ties with each other while experiencing the fun and creative aspects of Conservative Judaism.

ResizedImage_1382376468596Atid – In Atid, 3rd through 5th graders come together once a month for programs that incorporate the social, traditional and creative side of Judaism. Most of the programs are scheduled for Sundays at 12:30.

Kadima –  This youth group is for 6th through 8th graders. Kadima programs are held twice a month and meet both in and out of Adath Israel. Once a year, Kadima participates in Kadima Kinnus, a weekend long convention through CRUSY (the Central Region of United Synagogue Youth).  Participation in Kadima allows students to continue strengthening their ties with each other, make new Jewish friends, and experience Judaism in a fun and exciting way.

USY – AIUSY (Adath Israel United Synagogue Youth) is a group (grades 9 – 12) affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.  Adath Israel USY is part of the Central Region United Synagogue Youth (CRUSY).

USY is run by an elected board of students from the synagogue. There are many opportunities for students to get involved and help plan and run different aspects of the chapter while developing strong leadership skills.  Participation in USY allows students to do tzedakah, learn about Israel, experience Jewish holidays, get involved in the synagogue and socialize with other Jewish teens. Throughout the year, students participate in CRUSY conventions, which take place throughout the Midwest.

The conventions are filled with singing, laughing, dancing, and unbelievable amounts of fun. USY is a connection to Judaism beyond just praying. It’s interesting and meaningful for teenagers.  The combination of intellectual and spiritual exploration with friends and intense fun makes USY the ideal place for Jewish high school students to be.

USY is a place for Jewish teenagers to connect and make lifelong relationships. On a chapter level, there is at least once event each month that allow students to come together and have lots of fun.  Some events involve Jewish studies, some involve Israel, some involve social action, and some involve just going out and having a blast. Whatever the event involves, USY’ers are always with their friends.