Youth Activities

Beit Sefer B’yachad – United Jewish School (UJS)

UJS was established in 2006 as a combined school between Temple Emanuel and Congregation Ahavas Israel. Enrollment is approximately 150 students ranging from Gan Katan (2 to 4 years-old) to 12th grade. We have a staff of 30 teachers and high school madrichim (aides). On Sunday, school is located at Temple Emanuel. Our digital Hebrew program is either on Wednesday or early morning Sunday before religious school.cWe have a large staff of teachers and high school madrichim. On Sunday, class is held from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and school is located at Temple Emanuel, while the midweek Hebrew program is held on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. with additional enrichment class from 6-6:30 p.m. and is housed at Congregation Ahavas Israel. There is an additional site for midweek Hebrew in Holland, MI.

Visit the United Jewish School website here.

B’nei Mitzvah

Temple Emanuel has Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes for children and adults.For children, courses are a continuation of study begun in Religious School at Beit Sefer B’yachad, United Jewish School. Bar Mitzvah tutors work with students individually to prepare for Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Schadick also works with each student one on one to prepare for his/her Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Adult B’nei Mitzvah classes are offered periodically as demand requires. Watch the Temple Bulletin or online calendar for details.


During the spring or their 10th grade year, Temple Emanuel students at Beit Sefer B’yachad, United Jewish School, have break out sessions to prepare for their confirmation under the direction of Rabbi Schadick. Confirmation is held each spring in conjunction with the celebration of the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is Hebrew for ‘weeks,’ and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Youth Groups

Temple Emanuel has two youth groups:

  • GRTY (Grand Rapids Temple Youth) affiliated with NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) for students in grades 9-12. GRTY Youth Advisor is Rabbi Schadick.

Call the Temple office at (616) 459-5976 or check the Temple Emanuel Calendar for details on upcoming events.