Youth Groups

Temple Emanu-El is thrilled to welcome our new youth group directors as well as welcome back those who are returning this year! Here is an introduction to each of our youth group directors. Be sure to say hello and welcome them when you see them around Emanu-El!

Becky Farber, Youth Group Administrator
Becky’s volunteer work during her high school years in a Jewish preschool inspired her to pursue an education in child development. She taught in a Jewish preschool for several years and has taught our Jewish cooking class to grades Kindergarten – 2. She has worked with our Temple’s youth groups almost as long as she has been a member. She and her husband Patrick have two children at the Torah School, Max, in grade 5, and Lily, grade 1. They love Temple Emanu-El’s fun, warm environment.

Emily Silver, Director of Chaverim  (Grades Kindergarten – 2)
Emily is currently working as a substitute teacher for the San Diego Schools. She is a recent resident in San Diego and is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in the mental health field. Emily is looking forward to working at Emanu-El to share her love of Judaism and Israel with the community.

Elijah Zelonky, Director of OYE  (Grades 3 – 5)
Elijah worked at JCA Shalom  summer camp for years, the last two summers as a unit head and Counselor in Training Advisor. This summer, he was a unit head for the youngest kids (ages 7-9), responsible for the kids’ well-being, the counselors’ performance and well-being, and Jewish programming.  At Emanu-El, Elijah directed three plays last year, wrote the Purim Spiel, taught Judaica to grade 4, and served as the Youth Director for two age groups.

Daniel Parker, Director of E.A.S.Y.  (Grades 6 – 8)
Temple Emanu-El has heavily influenced Daniel’s life and aspirations. He is a product of our Temple’s youth group and Torah School, and wants to bring the life changing experiences that he had growing up back to our youth. He has worked with young people for the past six years and specializes in Jewish music and leading prayer.

Jay Bartell, Director of SanETY  (Grades 9 – 12)
Since his beginnings in Price Family Preschool, Jay wanted to give back to the community that originally instilled in him the core Jewish values of l’dor v’ dor and tikkun olam. He brings his passion for youth advocacy and social action to his role as SanETY advisor. From his work on political advocacy campaigns and his time spent in school in our nation’s capital, Jay is looking forward to supporting our already thriving high school youth group, and propel them to even greater success in the coming year.

For questions about any of our youth activities, please contact Rabbi Benj at, or call (619) 286-2555.

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, from November to April.
On April 7, 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.

For the month of February, we will be collecting jackets, sweaters and hoodies. 
Donations can be dropped off at the Temple Front Office, marked “Midnight Run.”

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

Sam Lenett, SanETY’s Social Action VP

2017-2018 Midnight Run Donations Schedule
November: Shorts, Pants, Undergarments (Bottoms)
December: Shirts (long and short sleeves)
January: Shoes and Socks
February: Jackets, Sweaters, Hoodies
March: “Miscellaneous March” (toiletries, tarps, blankets, trash bags, dog food, etc.)
April: Everything!

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