Touro B’Yachad: Youth Activities

Connecting our Youth at a Critical Moment

In this unfamiliar and complicated moment, it has become evident that our children are feeling the impact of this isolation tremendously. Without school and after school activities, and now without most camping sessions, including a transformative summer at our treasured Henry S. Jacobs Camp, it is more urgent than ever to find ways to bring our youth into meaningful community with one another as soon and as safely as possible. Therefore, our Touro professional team is making youth engagement a top priority during the summer. With physical safety and sacred relationship as our highest values, we hope to hold space for our tots, littles, bigs, and teens throughout the coming months and will look forward to sharing those plans with the congregation. In collaboration with Jacobs Camp and other Jewish organizations, we aim to engage our children of all ages through creating in-person small gatherings, lively and interactive virtual programming, and DIY family fun to remind them that friendship, laughter, and learning are always possible. 

To ensure that our 323 young members who are under the age of 18 are deeply engaged in Jewish life during this summer and in the year to come (regardless of the adaptations we must all make to cope with this pandemic), we joyfully announce that Maya Shaar, a familiar and beloved presence at Touro over the last few years, will be joining our team as our new Youth Engagement Coordinator. Maya’s job will be to partner with our clergy team and other Jewish professionals in our community to deepen our youth’s connection to one another, to Touro, and to their Judaism. 

“I was born and raised in New York City where I was immersed in a vibrant Jewish community. I split summers growing up between spending time with my family in Israel and at Jewish summer camp. Both experiences helped form and cultivate my Jewish identity. I love living in New Orleans and consider the Jewish community at Touro to be my home. I am enthusiastic about sharing my love for being Jewish and helping foster a similar love and unique Jewish identity in our Touro Synagogue youth.” – Maya

An Important Note About Safety:

Touro Synagogue is committed to the safety and well-being of everyone as we work on creating meaningful programming for our youth. We will take the appropriate precautions for any small group in-person gatherings that might be scheduled, including:

  • Following the guidelines provided by our city
  • Implementing social distancing strategies
  • Maintaining healthy hygiene including the washing of hands often, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
  • Requiring adults to wear face coverings
  • Requiring sick children and staff to stay home
  • Screening children and staff upon arrival

These precautions will be clarified and communicated with families before each unique event and carefully implemented during them. Please look forward to future announcements about these events in the coming weeks.

If you would like to support our new youth initiative, donate here and select Youth Activities in the drop-down menu of funds. We strive to make these events no to low cost to our members.  We would be extremely grateful If you are able to support this endeavor.