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Contact the VBS Youth Department with any questions! Email youthdept@vbs.org.

Social Programming (Grades K-12)

K-6 Programming
Join the fun! We offer a full year of social engagements both online and in-person. Past events for the K-6 age group have included Mad Scientist Parties, Goat Yoga, Ice Skating, Color Wars, Escape Rooms, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Candy Sushi, Sleepover Lock-Ins, Trivia Nights, Scavenger Hunts and more.  Learn more here >

7-12 Programming
There are tons of options for Teens at VBS! 7-12th graders participate in programs that cultivate leadership, education, Social Action and Israel advocacy. We also participate in activities such as travel, art, athletics and just plain old social fun! Membership includes all the events for the year, both digital and in person. Past activities have included Shabbat Dinners in the Zicklin Lieberman Youth Center or family homes, Saturday night Havdalah gatherings and outings such as Escape Room, Bowling, Universal City Walk, etc., and SATO Sundays (Social Action and Volunteer Opportunities). Members and Non-Members are encouraged to participate!  Learn more here >

VBS Members $100/Non-VBS Members $150
or participate a la carte from $5-$30 per event (prices vary)

Afterschool Programming

This year the Youth Department is offering after-school programs for Grades K-6 and volunteer opportunities for Grades 7-12. Programs include Crafting, Book & Netflix Clubs, Dancing Classes, Singing Lessons, Homework Helpers, Outdoor Education and more! Afterschool programming is available to VBS Youth Department Members only.

B’nai Mitzvah Project (7th Graders)

VBS B’nai Mitzvah students have the opportunity to work together on a Mitzvah Project under the guidance of the Youth Department and Social Action Coordinator. Individuals may choose an organization or movement and collaborate with one another on a year long project. While expanding their understanding of various social issues that plague the greater community, students exercise their creativity with their chesed values while developing skills to prepare them for high school and college, such as delegating roles and responsibilities, sharing diverse perspectives, tackling multiple complex problems, accountability, communication and time management.  Open to VBS members for $18.

Bachutz (Grades 6-12)

This new program is led by Nick Greene, who just got back from the Appalachian Trail. With a focus on wilderness and outdoor education through a Judaic lens, this program is for the adventurous teen looking to explore the great outdoors! This program incorporates traditions like properly building a fire, seeking water and shelter, learning conservation and protecting our environment. Participants will take day trips to local National Parks and end the year culminating in an overnight experience. (Program begins in November 2020).

VBS Members $360/Non-VBS Members $400 

Teen Tuesdays (Grades 7-12)

Teen Tuesdays are weekly event nights for post B'nai Mitzvah teens that connect, educate and entertain teens through thought-provoking conversations, physical exercise and artistic expression. Teen Tuesdays include a Judaic Hour led by VBS Rabbis, Jewish Educators and Youth Department staff followed by your choice of an elective:sports, art, baking or games.  This year, Teen Tuesday invites 7th graders to join. Twice monthly, 11th and 12th graders meet with Senior Rabbi Ed Feinstein for APVBS, a subprogram of Teen Tuesday. Learn more here >

VBS Members $400/Non-VBS Members $600

VBS USY (Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-12)

The VBS USY Chapter is proud to be a part of the Far West region of USY, spanning Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Hawaii. USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. VBS USY participates in Regional programming throughout the school year at various locations including Camp Ramah, AJU and BCI/Camp Alonim while individual chapters from synagogues throughout the Far West region host kinnusim/retreats. To learn more, visit farwestusy.org.

Grades 4-6: VBS Members $50/Non-VBS Members $75
Grades 7-12: VBS Members $85/Non-VBS Members $115

Contact the VBS Youth Department with any questions! Email youthdept@vbs.org.

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Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781