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Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 West Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 944-3359

Youth Groups

The Talmud Torah and Youth Groups provide students with opportunities to learn, pray and socialize with other Jewish students.  Beth El youth are encouraged through these activities to create a synagogue-based community of their own outside the classroom.  At Beth El we recognize that informal learning and socializing outside of class-time is as important as the formal structured classroom and the Beth El youth and education experience presents many such opportunities.  We follow the guidelines of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in our Talmud Torah curriculum and Youth Group programs.


Beth El Congregation has a dynamic youth group program for students in grades 4-12.  Kadima, for students in grades 4-6 has a monthly lounge and a monthly activity – check the calendar for updated information on activities.

Jr. USY is the 7th & 8th grade youth group.  It, along with the 9th – 12th grade youth group, USY, has a weekly lounge on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:30 on weeks when Talmud Torah is in session.  USY also has programs at least one Sunday a month.  In addition, both Sr. & Jr. USY groups participate in local, regional and national Kinnusim and programs.

Beth El USY & Kadimah are part of Far West Region USY. Far West Region hosts activities every 4-6 weeks for youth around the region. Retreats (Kinnusim), Shabbatonim, and dances rule the regional calendar. Our region is made up of Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Hawaii. What a great opportunity to make and visit friends from all over the southwest!


Meet Elana Weiner

Elana Weiner is our Kadima and USY advisor, and can be contacted at or

elana weinerElana, a true Wildcat at heart, has lived in Phoenix for the past two years. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UofA, she is now pursing a Master’s in Social Work at ASU. Elana has spent the better part of her time in college studying or teaching all aspects of Judaism and the Hebrew language, including spending 10 months in Israel in 2011. As the current USY Youth Advisor, she is also excited to be a part of Talmud Torah and sharing her passion for Judaism with the 8th grade class.