Neveh Shalom is the home of vibrant youth programming that enables children of all ages and backgrounds to feel at home in Judaism. Our programs are comprehensive, in-depth and fun for participants. The youth in our programs demonstrate a high level of Jewish know-how and Hebrew skills, look forward to spending time with our dynamic and nurturing teachers, and consider this community an important social sphere. From learning the alef-bet to celebrating their b’nai mitzvah to becoming leaders in our youth groups and teen aides in our classrooms, we see our children grow up with a strong sense of self and community.
Our ALIYAH K-6 program provides rich opportunities for learning Hebrew and Jewish life skills, participating in Jewish rituals from Shabbat dinners to Purim parades, and engaging in meaningful activities that express core Jewish values of justice and acts of kindness. Our youth build knowledge, skills, and strong Jewish identities, while our large and diverse community provides a dynamic social network for kids and families alike.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah at age 13 is an important milestone for many families, and every celebration is unique. Students enjoy working with our professional tutors and clergy as they prepare to lead our community in tefilah (prayer) and Torah.
7th-12th Graders attend ALIYAH Tichon on Wednesday evenings, engaging in meaningful and high-level projects that bring together Jewish learning and the real-life interests of our youth. Teens also have many opportunities to participate in the leadership of our community—as Madrichim (teachers' aides) in our ALIYAH program, in rituals from High Holiday services to the Purim Shpiel, and in our USY (United Synagogue Youth) activities.
Leah Conley joined the Neveh Shalom team this year. Prior to this, she was the principal of a large synagogue school in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. Leah is originally from Los Angeles, but has also lived in Osaka, Japan, where she and her husband, Josh, taught English, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where she worked for the Jewish Federation. She has two beautiful children, Elliot and Amelia.