A Message from Youth Director Jacob Posluns

My name is Jacob Posluns and I am very excited to be Shaarei Shomayim's Youth Director for this upcoming year of 5776 (2015/16).
I am really looking forward to seeing all of our regular participants return to our programs in September as well as welcoming new youth to give our different programs a try. We offer varied programs from ages 2 and up, and all shul youth are welcome to join us in their age appropriate group.   
To help ensure Shaarei Shomayim Youth has another super year, I am joined by a very talented and enthusiastic team: Noa Borden, Assistant Youth Director, Debra Posluns, Head of Preschool Program, Noa Voss and Yoni Hadar, our Israeli 'Shinshinim,' and of course, our devoted team of Youth Leaders. We all work together under the guidance of Rabbi Strauchler, Rabbi Cheses and the Youth Committee to create a positive experience for the children. Our Youth Leadership team really enjoys seeing the smiling faces of our youth as they learn a new game, win a prize, master a mitzvah, or make a new friend while learning about the weekly parsha or davening together during 'tfilla time' with us! 
We have been very busy getting our Fall Youth Events Calendar ready for you. Here are some highlights: 
  • Fun and educational shabbat and yom tov programming by the outstanding 'Jewnior Games'
  • After school programming in art, sports and science
  • Saturday night parent-child learning and pizza party
  • Bnei Akiva snif Saturday afternoons
  • Plus many special event programs such as youth kiddush lunch on Rosh Hashana, the annual Succah hop, movie nights, special havdala at Baycrest (m'ner l'ner), and chanukah and purim fun!
September 5: Kick off Shabbat--All Youth groups will meet.
September 7: Welcome BBQ for the Shinshinim (5pm)
Sept 14-15: Rosh Hashana - Special Jewnoir Game Activity and Snack
Sept 23: Yom Kippur - Extra long programming (special interactive tefilla)
Oct 3: Sukkah Hop 
Oct 5: Simchat Torah Kids Program
Oct 23-24: Shabbat Project for Youth
Nov 7: First Parent Child Learning with Family Feud Kickoff 
Nov 15: Rock Climbing
Dec 12: M'ner L'ner
I will keep you posted about all upcoming events through our weekly 'Youth Matters' email blasts. This is a great way for you to keep track of all youth events and we often include trivia questions or challenges for your kids there too, so please share it with them. 
If you don't already receive the 'Kids Matters' weekly email update, let me know by emailing youth@shomayim.org.
Also throughout the year, if you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas, I can always be reached by emailing youth@shomayim.org.  
Jacob Posluns