Sivan Gavish was recently named as the new United Synagogue Youth Advisor, working with Youth Director Steven Doctors and incoming USY President Jonah Tecktiel. Sivan, just began her third year as a teacher in Midbar's Religious School. She also writes for the BestOfVegas.com.
USY has been one of the most popular programs at Midbar Kodesh Temple, bringing together Jewish teens, grades 7th through 12th, in an informal setting. Youth Lounges are a favorite as well as programming that brings the teens out and about. There is an emphasis on SATO (Social Action/Tikkun Olam), Israeli programming, Religious Education, and Leadership Training. The students have opportunities to travel to synagogues in their region which includes southern California, and Arizona. Usually home housed, they spend a shabbat weekend, interacting with other Jewish teens in a social, educational and religious setting. Encampment weekends at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California and Camp Alonim in Brandeis, California are highlights. There is a Disneyland trip each September. Sivan will travel with the teens and supervise and guide them through leadership decisions on programming. USY activities are open to all Jewish youth regardless of synagogue affiliation. For more information on MKT USY contact Sivan at 702.454.4848 or go to www.midbarkodesh.org.