B4BAFTY is our youth group for teens in 7th and 8th grade and is an integral element of the YAD Experience, our Teen Learning program at Temple Beth Am.
Through the YAD Experience, B4BAFTY is active in the Temple community and includes social, educational, religious and cultural, social action and social justice-related components in their events.
B4BAFTY meets during Monday Night CHAI from 5:45–6:45 pm in the Hessel Family Youth Complex. Immediately following B4BAFTY, all teens in the YAD Experience Learning Program meet for dinner and limmud (learning).
• Additional leadership opportunities.
• Mitzvah Projects.
• Exciting Off-Campus Events.
• A weekend kallah with teens from around Florida.
An important aspect of our programming is our membership with the Union for Reform Judaism's national youth movement; the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY).
NFTY is comprised of over 450 youth groups spanning the United States and Canada and are divided into geographical regions. As a member of the Southern Tropical Region (NFTY-STR), B4BAFTY teens have the opportunity to meet other Jewish teens from around the state of Florida when they participate in Hatikvah Kallah, a weekend convention, hosted by a Temple in our region. Hatikvah Kallah is our teens' first opportunity to get a taste of NFTY.
For more information about B4BAFTY and the YAD Experience, contact Josh Laurence, Director of Youth Programs, at 305.667.6667 ext. 145 or Jlaurence@tbam.org.