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Jewish Youth Network (JYN)

The HAMAKOM Youth Department that brings together teens in 3rd-12th grade 


Shorashim (roots) our programming for 3rd-6th graders

Chalutzim (pioneers) for 7th-8th graders

Maskilim (wise) programming for 9th-12th graders

Post High School Outreach programming for 18-25 years

Meet our Teen Board



Our youth department has won the Far West Region’s “CHAPTER OF EXCELLENCE” eight times and offers a variety of programs and events for children and teens beginning in 3rd grade through their early adult years. These programs encompass a friendly and continuous connection to their Jewish identity and to our synagogue life.


Shorashim meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of the month for Lounge Night from 6:15pm-7:15pm.

Chalutzim and Maskilim meet every Wednesday night for Lounge Night from 7pm-8:30pm.


To become a member of JYN  there is a $75 membership fee for grades 9th-12th and a $50 membership fee for grades 3rd-8th.  Our events include weekly lounge nights, challah bakes, monthly Shabbat gatherings, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, and more! If you wish to become a member, please download and fill out the Membership forms below and email them to Michelle Greenberg. You can follow us on Instagram @jewishyouthnetworkla to stay up to date with upcoming events! 

While the Jewish Youth Network will still participate in USY events, it is also meant to encompass events beyond the USY realm that will be happening at HAMAKOM and beyond. 

In our affiliation with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), we are part of their Far West Region. The Far West Region encompasses Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, southern Nevada and Hawaii. We see the extended region at regional events throughout the year and mainly interact with our local chapters. 


Our goal as a Youth Department is to have ongoing community service and social action events, youth-oriented Shabbat and Jewish Holiday celebrations, off-campus outings, and an array of leadership opportunities. Our teens will develop skills to grow as Jewish leaders through planning and participating in programming in a Jewish social setting all while being given the chance to make lots of lifelong Jewish friends. Our synagogue has a youth lounge to provide a safe and welcoming space for our youth and where our programming takes place.

Jewish Youth Network Membership Form

For more information on the Youth Department, or to make sure you are on our mailing list, please email Michelle Greenberg, our Director of Youth Engagement, at


Between our many age-specific programs, there are ongoing community service events, youth-oriented Shabbat and Jewish Holiday celebrations, summer activities, and an array of leadership opportunities.


Check out Shorashim programs, including lounge nights, weekend events, and special programs! 




6th-8th grade

Check out Chalutzim programs like weekly lounge nights, Shabbat -themed programs, special weekend events and more!



9th-12th Grade

Maskilim has programming weekly, in addition to monthly Shabbat Clubs, Club Outings, Saturday night events, and more!

Post High School Outreach

Looking to stay connected with the Jewish Youth Network? Stay connected with friends, share your post High School experiences, receive care packages, and hear about networking opportunities!

We are so excited for you to join our community youth group, the Jewish Youth Network. Membership is open to youth in 3rd-12th grade. We are affiliated with HAMAKOM, but membership in this organization is not required for Jewish Youth Network Membership.

Please submit a separate form for each participant.
Participant General Info
Parent/Guardian Info

Emergency Contact Info

Participant Medical Info

The information on this Form is accurate, complete, and all-inclusive, to the best of my knowledge. I understand the importance of keeping this information accurate and agree to contact the Director of Youth Engagement any Youth Department program that my child will attend if there is a change of any kind whatsoever in their medical condition.

Youth Code of Conduct

The Jewish Youth Network is an extension not only of our congregation and community but part of an international Jewish youth organization.  There are certain guidelines, therefore, that all members must follow.  These rules are for the safety of our members and the support of our programs.  Upon joining, each participant must sign a form stating their understanding of the policies.  Non-compliance may result in removal from any program or event whether it be chapter or regional and may jeopardize future attendance at programs and events.  Included in the rules are the following:

No smoking, drugs, or alcohol are allowed at any event.

No physically destructive behavior will be tolerated at any event, including that which is harmful to material or injurious to others.

No theft of any kind will be tolerated.

Use of negative, tasteless or hurtful language will not be tolerated.  In their language and behavior, members will treat others (including chaperones, staff and other members) with respect.

Members will be respectful of the tenets of Conservative Judaism.  These include, but are not limited to, the laws of Kashrut and Shabbat, when applicable, as well as not conducting Youth Department business including but not limited to planning, meetings, etc. on Shabbat or Chag.

Situations where members are non-compliant with these policies will be handled as follows:

1st Offense: Speak with the Youth Director and notify parents following the incident.

2nd Offense: Parent/guardian contacted for immediate pick-up.

3rd Offense: Member will not be permitted to return without a customized behavior contract signed by parents/guardians, member, advisor, and Youth Director.

*If non-compliant behaviors continue, member will not be permitted to participate in Youth Department and USY regional events for the remainder of the year.

*If offense is severe, whether 1st offense or repeat offense, the situation may be handled differently than the order listed above.

Publicity Release for Minors

We occasionally submit pictures of our activities for publication and/or post them on our website. Please select your permission to publish pictures of your child. I hereby consent to the publication of photographs, quotes, and video of my child on the Youth Department website and social media sites for the duration of my child's enrollment. Please note if you are okay with pictures and video and name listing, or if you would like it withheld.

I acknowledge and accept the youth department's policies to use licensed drivers over the age of 21 at all times. With full understanding of the policy and the risks involved, I give permission for this child to ride in a properly insured vehicle driven by a licensed driver over the age of 21.

I consent and give permission for my child to attend and participate in all trips and activities arranged by the Youth Department and Far West USY/KADIMA for which they are registered. I certify that my child is physically and psychologically able to participate in all such activities.

In case of emergency, I authorize you, as my agent, and at my sole cost and expense, to engage appropriate healthcare providers to administer, prescribe, and/or direct administration of any medication, other medical treatment, care, surgery, hospitalization, or medical procedures and services deemed appropriate under the circumstances, if you are not able to timely contact me for instructions.

I expressly release and indemnify the Youth Department and it’s officers, directors, agents, and employees, and hold the Youth Department and its officers, directors, agents, and employees free and harmless, from any and all liability, charges, claims, costs and expenses of every kind and nature whatsoever, including reasonable attorney fees, in connection with acceptance and participation of my child in the Youth Department's activities. This release and indemnification is unconditional and without reservation of any kind for such acts or omissions that arise out of your intentional or negligent wrongdoing, and where there is no fault by my child. I am fully responsible if I fail to disclose any pertinent information.


I allow the Youth Department to use any photographs of my children taken during any of the Youth Department sponsored programs/events for usage in promotional aspects.

Please select the appropriate membership for your child


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