The Westville Synagogue Youth Committee sponsors many youth activities throughout the year. We offer activities that appeal to children of all ages as well as their parents.
From Torah for Tots for children age 0 – 5 where singing and Torah marching make davening fun and engaging even for the littlest ones. Super Shul for kids age 5 – 9 following the artscroll Junior Siddur and led by teens from within the Shul community. Super Shul also includes a discussion of the weekly parsha, games and some weeks there are even prizes. Boys over age 9 take turns leading the end of Musaf during regular davening for the entire congregation. Other programs in the works are a teen movie night, a kids ice cream social, and various Tikun Olam projects.
Each year the youth committee sponsors a Sukkah Decorating Party, Hanukkah Party, Purim Carnival and Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. We coordinate with other local Synagogues to provide community wide events.
During the summer, the Westville Synagogue begins its annual Shabbat family gathering schedule. Members of the Shul community open up their yards (or homes in case of rain) for learning, eating and schmoozing while passing the long Shabbat afternoons of summer. Each week there is both adult learning on either Parsha Hashavua or Pirke Avot and children ages 5 - 12 learn with our local Chabad Rabbi of Westville, Rabbi Yossi Hodakov, who brings prizes to keep the kids engaged. Host families provide yummy treats and fun is had by all members of the family.
The Westville Synagogue Youth Committee is always looking to expand its programs and draw in more families.