Temple Emanuel
Denver, Colorado

Youth Engagement

Contact Megan Garrett at garrett@emanueldenver.org for information on joining, upcoming events, and leadership or volunteer opportunities.

Friedman Club Temple Youth Group

Friedman Club is the Senior Youth Group of Temple Emanuel for teenagers in 9-12th grades. We are a part of the Missouri Valley region of NFTY.

As the senior youth group, the members of Freidman Club have the opportunity to take all their experiences in religious education, at Shwayder Camp, and from the younger youth groups and develop a personal, individual Jewish practice. Throughout the years in Friedman Club we explore Jewish worship, culture, and history, as well as explore modern political views of Judaism and Israel. Along with other relevant topics, our innovative and interactive programming is social, educational and focused on tikkun olam.

Friedman Club is led by an elected board of its peers who go through leadership training with a focus on kehilah kedosha, personal development and individual growth. These teens plan and implement local programs, which include social action and Jewish programming, as well as host regional events every other year. There are 5 regional Chavurot (retreats) a year to attend where the teens create special friendships with Jewish youth from around the Missouri Valley region, while strengthening the bonds they have created with their local friends. The members of Friedman Club enhance their teenage years by creating a community of their own: a place where they feel safe exploring, questioning, and being themselves in a supportive and accepting Jewish environment.

Frankel Club Junior Youth Group

Frankel Club is Temple Emanuel’s Junior Youth Group for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Frankel Club programs combine aspects of social, educational, and social action activities that are exciting, inspiring, and meaningful.

Throughout these important developmental years, when many changes occur for preteens and teens, Frankel Club is here to provide a special community: a place to belong, to feel comfortable, to be themselves.

Frankel Club participants will have the opportunity to connect with their peers, as well as high school role models and capable adult advisors. Together we will support each other in exploring Judaism, creating new friendships, and learning about ourselves.

In addition to local events, 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to attend a regional North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) event each year at Junior Youth Group Chavurah (JYG).

Overall, the youth that participate in Frankel Club will enrich their lives through experiential education based on team building, leadership development, and Judaic knowledge. We will travel, laugh, grow, and play together while fostering life-long friendships.

EmanuKids Youth Group

EmanuKids (grades 4-5) is a special way for kids to continue their informal Jewish education with fun and meaningful programs. Throughout the year there will be opportunities for family programs and special activities just for the kids. They will have the opportunity to connect with their Jewish friends in exciting environments in an informal setting. The programs are designed to help our children integrate all the values and lessons they learn in religious school into their daily lives and shape their Jewish selves.

We typically do EmanuKids programming one Sunday a month, after religious school.

Jewniors Youth Group

Jewniors (Kindergarten - 3rd grade) is an exciting way for young children and their families to build connections to the Temple community. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for family programs and special activities just for the kids. The programs are designed for families or kids to come together to celebrate being Jewish, learn something new, and make memories together. The goal of this program is to build a bridge to Temple in an informal setting that is based on safety, comfort, learning, and pure joy!