What is BAFTY?

BAFTY (Beth Am Federation of Temple Youth) is our high school youth
group for anyone in grades 9-12. BAFTY brings together a diverse group of Jewish teens to engage in Judaic programming, form lasting friendships, and participate in amazing programs around South Florida!

We meet once a week during the first hour of Monday Night CHAI (Mondays, 5:45 – 6:45 pm) for programming created and directed by the fantastic teen leaders on the BAFTY Board.

Are you in a fellowship or other teen program? You can still come to BAFTY! Join your peers for amazing, impactful activities that explore social justice issues, leadership skills, Jewish identity, global culture, and life!

Join your teen peers for impactful, meaningful, epic FUN!

For more information, contact Sumiko Zayon, Youth Engagement Director, 786.364.9419, [email protected].

Mission Statement

BAFTY is a safe, accepting environment where passionate teens come together as an involved Jewish community. BAFTY is a place where we learn who we are as people, as Jews, and as friends.

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Meet Your 2022-2023/5783


Morgan Parodi,

Ben Gomez,
Programming VP

Eli Bilchik,
Programming VP

Shayna Karmin,
Social Action VP

Luiz Gandelman,
Religious & Cultural VP

Avery Simon,
Communications VP

Sophia Fidanque,
Membership VP

Ryan Barna,
12th grade MAL

Alexis Cohen,
10th grade MAL

Sasha Crabill,
10th grade MAL

Corey Eisenson,
9th grade MAL

Ellie Rosenwald,
9th grade MAL

North American Federation of Temple Youth

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.

BAFTY is part of the Southern Tropical Region (NFTY-STR). As a member of NFTY-STR, BAFTY teens have the opportunity to meet other Jewish teens from around the state of Florida when they participate in regional events hosted by Temples in our region. Regional events are called Kallot and are held throughout the school year.

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Upcoming Youth Events

View our calendar of upcoming events.