Our Youth Groups

NFTY’s heart and soul is the local Union for Reform Judaism affiliated synagogue Temple Youth Group (TYG). While each local TYG differs in organization, focus, size, and character, the Temple Youth Group is one outlet for the highly engaged Reform Jewish teenager in a Union Synagogue. While some TYGs only meet 5 times a year for social programs, other TYG’s meet over 20 times each school year and offer a full variety of social, leadership, educational, and social action programs.

TYG's in Our Region

NFTY CAR has 21 active youth groups from all across the Chicagoland area and Champaign-Urbana. A TYG is a Temple Youth Group or sometimes called a Senior Youth Group. If you are a 9th - 12th grader and a member of a URJ Congregation you are a member of your synagogue's youth group. They are a great opportunity to meet and socialize with Jewish teens outside of a religious school setting. TYGs are the foundation of NFTY CAR - a youth group is a place to meet new friends, learn more about Judaism, and have a great time.

These youth groups are each unique and different. They do all kinds of amazing activities: bowling, whirlyball, havdallah, Second City, and many more. Each TYG has an advisor and with their TYG board plan monthly programs, many TYGs have more than just one activity a month including weekly youth lounge hang out nights. We'll be posting what's going on with each TYG througout the year. Stay Tuned for more updates...


Am Echod

2945 Falling Waters Blvd.

Lindenhurst, IL


Am Shalom

Am Shalom

840 Vernon Ave.

Glencoe, IL

Advisors: Adam Bellows and Sarah Rosenbaum


Congregation Beth Am

225 N. McHenry Rd.

Buffalo Grove, IL

Advisor: Steve Chaitman


Beth Emet The Free Synangogue

1221 Dempster St.

Evanston, IL

Advisor: Rachel Goldberg


Beth Tikvah Congregation

300 Hillcrest Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Advisor: Stacey Hadesman


B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim

901 Milwaukee Ave.

Glenview, IL

Advisor: Emily Schwartz 


Temple Beth Israel

3601 W. Dempster St.

Chicago, IL


B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom

1424 W. 183rd St.

Homewood, IL


Congregation Etz Chaim

1710 S. Highland Ave.

Lombard, IL

Advisor: Mark Heisler


Temple Chai

1670 Checker Rd.

Long Grove, IL

Advisor: Marni Roisman


Sinai Temple

3104 W. Windsor Rd.

Champaign, IL


Congregation Solel

1301 Clavey Rd

Highland Park, IL

Advisor: Geoff Prass


Emanuel Congregation

5959 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL


Temple Jeremiah

937 Happ Rd.

Northfield, IL

Advisor: Eddie Simon 

Jew Crew

Congregation Or Shalom

21 W. Hawthorn Pkwy.

Vernon Hills, IL

Advisor: Kevin and Allisa Horwitz


K.A.M. Isaiah Israel

1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

Chicago, IL


Lakeside Congregation

1221 County Line Rd.

Highland Park, IL


North Shore Congregation Israel

1185 Sheridan Rd.

Glencoe, IL

Advisor: Neil Rigler

Orr Shalom

Temple Sholom of Chicago

3480 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL

Advisor: Lisa Haber


Oak Park Temple

1235 N. Harlem Ave.

Oak Park, IL

Advisor: Amalia Turkewitz


Congregation Sukkat Shalom

400 Linden Ave

Wilmette, IL


Temple Judea Mizpah

8610 Niles Center Rd.

Skokie, IL


Temple Beth-El

3610 Dundee Rd.

Northbrook, IL

Advisor: Helen Melnick

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