Youth and Family Programming

Youth and family programming at Congregation Habonim is designed to provide space for families and children through 12th grade to spend time with their peer group in less structured settings. They engage in social activities, which may or may not relate to synagogue life, in addition to social justice work, which is rooted in the founding of Congregation Habonim. Our youth programming, like our congregation overall, is founded in gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness. We know that even while we bowl, sleepover at Habonim or bake homemade pizza, we can still practice kindness!


  • Yad B’Yad - Hand in Hand - is our Family Programming at Congregation Habonim. Through Yad B’Yad we host events throughout the year for families with children up to age 7. We hold Tot Shabbat, Family Services, Holiday programs, social programs, and social justice events.  
  • [email protected], or Haveirim @ Habonim is our youth group for children in 4th through 6th grade. Our events include bowling, sleepovers, and social action events such as visiting with and serving food to the needy.
  • Tz'irim is our teen youth group, open to 8th through 12th graders. We have four main components: volunteering in the Religious School as ozrim (helpers), service events, social events, and a learning component. Service events include our ever popular Midnight Run, preparing meals for homeless shelters, and helping our own Habonim community at events like the Purim carnival. Social events include Shabbat dinners, both within the Habonim community, and with teens from all over NYC, scavenger hunts, and just about anything else our teens suggest! Our learning component, "Dinner and Discussion," involves a very informal learning session once a month where our teens come together for dinner and discussion of various Jewish themes that are relevant to our daily lives. Additionally, we are a USY (United Synagogue Youth) chapter, part of the METNY (Metropolitan New York) region. We plan events with other USY chapters throughout Manhattan, giving our teens the opportunity to meet and interact with other Jewish teens.