TAA youth are actively keeping the Jewish tradition alive. Through particiipation in youth activities and with their dedication to community service, Temple Youth are shaping and strengthening their future identities.
The Pittsfield Federation of Temple Youth (PFTY), led by advisor Rachel Alemany, has long been committed to encouraging Jewish students in grades 6-12 to participate in Judaism and social action activities. The PFTY group creates one Youth Service per year, while particpating and writing D'var Torah in other Religious School and holiday services.
Joining with members from Knesset Israel to form YACHAD, the group actively provides service to the central Berkshire Jewish community and the community at large. These meaningful projects include running the fall food drive; raising money for tikkun olam through events like the annual Italian dinner; participating in area hunger walks; collecting new clothing, toys, diapers and accessories for the winter Community Crib, and helping to maintain the Temple section of the Pittsfield Cemetery.
In addition to cooperative efforts within Berkshire County, PFTY members frequently reach beyond the Berkshires and participate in events held by the Northeast Region of the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Through activities such as apple picking, trip to Mike's Corn Maze, and regional NFTY events, youth members broaden their experience and develop tight-knit bonds within the community and beyond. Rabbi Josh and Rachel teach and are faculty at both of the NFTY NE Institutes held at Eisner Camp in December and August of each year.
The PFTY and YACHAD Youth Programs are made possible by the generosity of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
New members of PFTY are always welcome. For more information contact Rachel Alemany at firstname.lastname@example.org.