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David Lizzo with Club 45

Temple Beth Am's programs encourage middle school youth and high school teens to be socially active in Jewish settings, both at TBA and at venues throughout Seattle. 

Our youth groups are proud members of the Reform Movement's North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Temple Beth Am belongs to NFTY's Northwest Region, which consists of youth groups in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and the province of British Columbia. 


Beth Am Temple Youth (BATY): 
9th to 12th Graders

BATY Tri Temple Shul In 2017Beth Am Temple Youth (BATY) is a teen-led youth group for 9th through 12th graders headed by our Director of Youth Engagement, David Lizzo. “BATYites” forge and build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community-building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming.

Programs may include evening events, skiing, Shabbaton Shul-Ins, attending a national leadership camp with hundreds of Jewish teens from across North America, making a difference in someone's life with a mitzvah project, concerts, or social action. The goals of BATY are to instill Jewish identity, increase synagogue participation among high school youth, foster long-term commitment to the ideals and values of Reform Judaism, and create today the Reform Jewish congregants of tomorrow.

Asefa BATY Group Photo

BATY has an incredible 2017-2018 season planned, with over 50 individuals attending events and our NFTY Spring Kallah at Camp Kalsman. Our relationship-driven program has come a long way in building the youth culture at Temple Beth Am this year, and we look forward to another exciting year. 

Please contact David Lizzo, Director of Youth Engagement, with any questions.


Upcoming Events:

NFTY NW Winter (Social Action) Kallah
Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 3
Congregation Beth Israel in Bellingham, WA

(Drop off and pick up sites will be around town, including at Temple Beth Am)
Cost: Early Bird (Register by January 3) - $190, Regular (Register by January 17) - $220, Space Available (Register after January 17) - $280

  • Make a difference with hands-on social action projects
  • Participate in meaningful social justice opportunities
  • Enjoy a fun, interactive Saturday evening activity
  • Explore a new city

Scholarship funds are available upon request. Please contact Director of Youth Engagement David Lizzo for information before you register. Register here. *Registration ends on January 22. Late registration will not be permitted.

Junior Beth Am Temple Youth (jBATY): 
6th to 8th Graders

jBATY Kick Off 2017All of Temple Beth Am's 6th - 8th graders are invited to be a part of our Junior Youth Group programs and events, held throughout the school year combining social fun, tikkun olam, and spirituality. Some events are huge and include Jewish tweens from all over the greater Seattle area, some are smaller and include tweens just from TBA.

Our most popular annual events include the limo scavenger hunts and movie nights. All programs are planned by our Director of Youth Engagement, David Lizzo, with input from the students and the senior youth groupers as well as the other Reform congregations.

Please contact David Lizzo, Director of Youth Engagement, with any questions about this group.


Upcoming Events: 

8th Grade Lounge Night
Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 – 6:45 PM
TBA K'hilah Rm. 228
Hang out with jBATY 8th grade friends. Featuring dinner and dessert.

jBATY goes Snow Tubing
Sunday, January 28, 12:15 – 5:00 PM
Summit at Snoqualmie (depart from Temple Beth Am)
Cost: $30
Depart TBA by 12:30 PM; snack on bus. Arrive at Summit at Snoqualmie for snow tubing and lunch. Register here.

Club 45: 
4th to 5th Graders

Club 45 Kick Off 2017Club 45 is a newer group for TBA students in 4th or 5th grade who want more than just the Religious School experience. It’s a chance to hang out with your RS friends in a fun, exciting environment and is the precursor to our flagship youth groups jBATY (6th - 8th grade) and BATY (9th - 12th grade). We will be holding two to three events over the year, come check it out! 

Please contact David Lizzo, Director of Youth Engagement, with any questions about this group.


Upcoming Events:

Club 45 Tu B’shevat Tree Planting
Sunday, February 25
12:30 - 4:00 PM

Special celebration for 4th and 5th graders. More information to follow.