Youth Groups

(Friends – For Grades K-2)

The goal in Chaverim is to make sure our students get time outside of the structured classroom to explore friendships and have a chance to make a connection with others.  The Chaverim kids have done events such as ice skating, bowling, Tu B’Shevat planting and movie nights.  For more information please contact the Chaverim Youth Director, Emily Holcomb at

(Original Youth Emanu-El – For Grades 3 – 5)

OYE combines social action, fun and Judaism. OYE events include many interactive programs such as mezuzah making, scavenger hunts, service projects and camp days. The goal of OYE is to establish lifelong friendships.  For more information about O.Y.E. contact the O.Y.E. Youth Director, Jessica Meyer at

(Emanu-El Active Super Youth – For Grades 6 – 8)

Monthly activities mix social action and Judaic contact into fun events and outings. EASY gets out into the community and also serves our Temple by working at the annual Purim Carnival, Temple sleepovers, movie nights, MLK Day volunteering and many more fun, educational activities.  For more information contact E.A.S.Y. Youth Director, Malida Hecht at

(San Diego Emanu-El Youth – For Grades 9 – 12)

The goal of SanETY is to provide high schoolers leadership skills and active involvement in community. SanETY holds activities each month and participates with the Temple on several social action projects. They have planned and executed a Midnight Run to collect supplies from the community and distribute them to the homeless in the area.  They plan and lead Shabbat services for the community on occasion and they also do fun social events such as Hanukkah Parties, Halloween fun time and much much more.  SanETY plans and hosts many of their events and incorporates Judaic content into their programs. SanETY also actively participates with the North American Federation of Temple Youth, also known as NFTY.  For more information contact SanETY Board President, Leah Feinberg at or Rabbi Benj Fried at who oversees the Youth Department.

Midnight Run

For those of you who do not know, the Midnight Run is a social action event, put on by SanETY (the temple’s high school youth group), that builds a bridge between the homeless community and ours.  This is done through the collection of donations.
On the night of the actual event, volunteers will come to the temple, make 600 sack lunches, organize all of the donations, then go to downtown San Diego to distribute them.  During distribution, volunteers are granted the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with people whose lives are tremendously different from theirs.
While we know we won’t solve homelessness, we are working together to alleviate the loneliness of our suffering neighbors and to do our best to ensure that the generations to come are committed to ending this.

Thank you all in advance for being the glue that holds the Midnight Run together through your support and donations.

Midnight Run 2019 will be on February 9!






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