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Youth and teen years are a special focus at Beth Ahabah. We have a number of opportunities for our youth (grades 2-5) and middle schoolers (grades 6-7) to engage in social events on Sunday afternoons following religious school. The Temple also offers multiple ways for teens to stay engaged. We combine an exciting program of core classes and electives for students in 8th, 9th and 10th grades with informal education, social activities and social-action events. Congregation Beth Ahabah’s youth group, JeRAFTY, gives 8th-12th grade students the opportunity to explore and have fun with other Jewish teens at the Temple and all across the Mid-Atlantic region.


Monday Night Beit Midrash

Monday night Beit Midrash is a multi-generational program of learning for teens and adults.  The course selection is varied and open to all ages with 3 semesters per year.

Beit Midrash Course Selection and Registration

Confirmation Trip

Every year Beth Ahabah’s 10th grade class goes away for a weekend to explore being Jewish and connecting with their classmates. This year the class will be going to L’Taken in Washington, DC the weekend of January 26th.

Midrasha Retreat

The weekend gives 8th-10th graders an opportunity to laugh, talk and explore. Each year there is a theme  helping students to develop perspective and language that is relevant to their lives in regards to issues of faith and Jewish identity.


Our youth group is for 8th-12th grade students. JeRAFTY has activities and hangouts throughout the year. Click here to visit JeRAFTY’s Facebook Page.  Also, there are five NFTY MAR regional weekends where students travel to other cities or camps in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Students are picked up and dropped off here in Richmond, and travel on a bus with other Jewish teens.

Kick-Off and End of Year Activities

Activities are open to all 8th-12th grade students. These social programs commonly include a trip to G-Force Go-Carting, Paintball and Lasertag, a trip to Kings Dominion and other social programs.

Click here to download the 2016-2017 Youth Group Events Calendar.


Become a teacher’s assistant for Sunday religious school classes!

Click here to download a Madrichim application.

Israel Experiences

NFTY in Israel — summer travel experience for Americans

EIE Study in Israel — 4-month study in Israel with other American Reform teenagers

Alexander Muss Study in Israel — 8-week study experience with other American teenagers

NFTY’s High School Leadership Summer Camp

Kutz Camp

College Outreach

Kesher — Reform Movement’s college program

Hillel — Jewish Student Union on most college campuses across North America

Birthright — Free trip to Israel for young Jewish adults 18-26


Photo: Steven Longstaff

Sun, June 24 2018 11 Tammuz 5778