Youth Programming at Shaare Emeth
Shaare Emeth’s youth programming provides our youth with opportunities to engage in Jewish life at Shaare Emeth and in the broader Jewish community. Our program combines community building and Jewish experiences that deepen kids’ and teens’ connections to Jewish tradition and to one another. Social events, social action, learning, and Jewish observance provide our youth with a range of different ways to connect with Jewish life on their terms surrounded by a caring community of their peers.
SETYG (Shaare Emeth Temple Youth Group) is Shaare Emeth’s youth group for high school students. Run by an elected board of teens, SETYG hosts exciting and engaging programming created by and for teens. SETYG also serves as Shaare Emeth’s connection to Jewish teens from across the country through NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth), which is the national Reform Jewish youth movement. SETYG is a part of the NFTY-Missouri Valley Region, through which our teens convene through the year for Chavurot (weekend long gatherings of the region) which provide our teens with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, explore their Jewish identity, and connect with teens from across the Midwest.
SE678 is Shaare Emeth’s youth group for 6th, 7th, & 8th graders. With events like snow tubing at Hidden Valley, private tours of Busch Stadium, and many more, our middle schoolers are able to strengthen social bonds with their peers while engaging in fun programs exclusively for them! This group meets on a monthly basis.
SE345 is Shaare Emeth’s youth program for 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders. SE345 hosts community-building events, with trips to the Zoo, the Science Center, ice skating at Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park, and much more. This group meets on a monthly basis.
Shir Emeth (meaning Song of Truth) is Shaare Emeth’s youth choir for 3rd-7th graders. All are welcome, regardless of musical ability, experience, or membership. This group rehearses approximately twice a month, and performs a number of times per year, including at Shabbat services, holiday celebrations, Busch Stadium, retirement communities, and more!