Trying to get something fun going for kids on the North Shore, active members of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody got organized and launched North Shore Youth Group (NSYG), a new activity group for children in the 3rd through 8th grades. They had their first get-together in December, which featured activities to let them get to know each other, followed by an outing at Boda Borg in Malden at the end of January.
“There are no dues being charged,” according to Dave Bernstein, who is the Youth Committee Chair at TNT. “We just want kids to come and have fun,” he added. Because events are being held around the North Shore, Bernstein said that other synagogues are being invited to join in. In fact, they’re actively looking to grow the group, inviting Jewish youngsters from the region who are interested in meeting others to attend outings each month.
The group is targeting younger children right now because they are at an age where they are still available, according to Bernstein, looking to their parents for activities. “The best way to start was with the youngest kids who didn’t have other commitments,” he said. Later, perhaps, they’ll expand into higher grades if it seems like there’s interest.
Bernstein said there was a busy activities group for youths in USY (the youth organization for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism), but that they’ve been fading on the North Shore. “I don’t think there are any USY chapters left here,” he said.
For organizations or individuals interested in learning more about the group, contact TNT Youth Committee Chair Dave Goldberg directly at 978-535-4555, or email co-chairs Amy Karas and Shari Robbins at NSYGinbox@gmail.com.