Boulder Temple Youth (BTY) is Boulder's largest 9th thru 12th grade Jewish youth group, and a member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). All programs are planned by a student-run BTY board including social, cultural, social action events, as well as the popular Tube N' Tub Overnight in the mountains, monthly club events, and many, many more fun local events and overnights. This is in addition to the three to four weekends a year at the regional NFTY Chavurot!
We often post photos and communicate on our BTY Facebook page. We invite you to join our group page here! Parents, you can access the facebook page here.
2016-2017 BTY Membership
It is only $36 to become a member of BTY! BTY membership is required to attend BTY events (with the exception of our Rush event) and as a member you receive the following benefits. Note: You do not need to be a member of Har HaShem to join BTY!
- You are invited to all BTY events.
- You are able to vote in all local youth group elections.
- Membership in national NFTY and the NFTY Missouri Valley region.
- You are able to attend all regional and national NFTY events.
- You are eligible to vote in all regional elections and General Assemblies.
To submit a scholarship request, click here.
In addition to normal youth group events, BTY kids are also welcome to attend a special Shabbat once a month that is only for kids and teens! Click here for more information and to see the dates!
Event registration for every event can be found here!
BTY – Event Descriptions 2016-17
Team Challenge Day – Sunday, Sept. 11 (12 – 2:30pm)
Imagine yourself suspended up in the trees and challenging yourself through obstacle courses with your friends. Together with BTY well explore each other’s leadership styles and step into our growth zones with high-action challenges and group games at CU Boulder’s Challenge Course in Har HaShem’s backyard!
BTY Rush in Wonderland– Saturday, Sept 24. – Sunday, Sept. 25 (5:00 PM start, 9:00 AM)
Hop down the rabbit hole with BTY Board as your mad hatter hosts for an evening of wonder! Dress to impress, dance the night away and connect with friends as we kick off our year with an overnight at Har HaShem!!
Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens – Saturday, Oct. 15 (4:00 - 11:00 PM)
Haunted houses, thrilling rides and a spooky theme park to bring on the Sukkot spirit. With a few other local synagogues and NFTY-MV friends, we’ll embark on an evening of fun and adventure at Elitch Gardens in Denver!
Social Action Afternoon – Saturday, Nov. 5 (1:00 - 4:00 PM)
Join BTY for a fun and educational day of social action. More details on exact project and location soon!
Western Fall Chavurah – Overland Park, KS (NFTY-MV Event) – Friday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 13
Calling all Jewish teens! BTY is super excited to be attending NFTY-MV’s Western Chavurah in Kansas City! Sign up HERE
White Elephant – Saturday, Dec. 17 (5:00 – 10:00 PM)
Get in the holiday spirit for a mystery gift night called White Elephant! More details about the evening to come!
Winter Break Movement – Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 (11:00 – 1:00PM)
Want to do something active in this cold weather that doesn't require hours of driving up the mountain?
We got your climbing fee! All you need to get is the gear (climbing shoes and harness). Bring your own or Movement has gear for rent for about $10. Never climbed before? Able to crush a 5.11d? No matter what your climbing ability we will have staff to help guide, belay and coach you whatever your skill level.
Winter Chavurah – St. Louis, MO (NFTY-MV Event) – Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16
Another huge event to start 2017! BTY is super excited to be attending NFTY-MV’s Winter Chavurah in Missouri! More details to be announced in the next month or so. Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/gncqdqj
Camp Rainbow Community Night – Saturday, Jan. 28 (6:30 – 9:00 PM)
Come enjoy an evening with your community to support Camp Rainbow, NFTY Missouri Valley’s regional social action program. Camp Rainbow is a week-long camp for children with blood disorders. NFTY-MV students serve as counselors at Camp Rainbow.The evening will have camp games and activities, karaoke, food trucks and desserts! Come play and all ages and families welcome!
NFTY National Convention – Chicago , IL – Friday, Feb. 17 – Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
Reunite with old friends while making hundreds on new ones. Enhance your leadership skills. Experience creative worship. Learn from the best Jewish educators.
Explore topics relevant to your life. Rock out at NFTY concerts featuring the best Jewish musicians. Sing and dance at massive song sessions.
Make memories that will last a lifetime. Registration is open! Save $80 by registering by the early-bird deadline, December 17, 2012. Scholarships are also available!
Sign up or find more information HERE
Xtreme Arena, Broomfield Location – Saturday, March 4 (5:15 - 8:30 PM)
It’s always a great day to swing on ropes, get shot out of a cannonball, dive into ball pits and spider crawl across the ceiling. Did we mention you can foam sword battle your friends? Come out for a day of extreme play!
Tube-N-Tub – Saturday, March 18 – Sunday, March 19, 2017 (9:30 AM start)
Join BTY for an overnight in the mountains of Keystone, CO for our annual Tube-N-Tub! You can count on exciting tubing, incredible hikes, food, connection, and did we mention hot tubing?
“Escape from Egypt” Room Seder – Friday, April 14 (evening, times TBD)
Locked in a room with only a few clues and each other to get ourselves out! Don’t fret … we can figure this one out! Join us for a pre-Shabbat Escape Room in Boulder and then shuttle over to Har HaShem for an outdoor Shabbat and delicious BTY Dessert Seder!
Spring Chavurah – Denver, CO (NFTY-MV Event) – Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
Reunite with old friends while making tons of new ones! Enhance your leadership skills. Experience creative worship. Learn from the best Jewish educators. Register on the NFTY-MV website.
IDF Day: JYG & BTY Event – Sunday, April 30 (afternoon, times TBD)
This immersive, large-scale Israeli Defense Force experience will take over the entire south area of Har HaShem’s campus. Through real-world scenarios, games, puzzles and other group challenges, your BTY hosts will give you an experience like no other!
Induction/Elections Overnight – Saturday, May 12 – Sunday, May 13, 2017 (5:30 PM - 10:00 AM)
A night of many fantastic things! We’ll be inducting freshman into BTY. AND! This is a night when we elect positions for a new amazing year after the summer! Dinner included in the cost!
Senior Sendoff/Mystery Night – Saturday, May 27 (times TBD)
It’s a mystery night, c’mon now! You really thought I would give away any details? ;) Our last event of the year will feature some mystery, that’s all I can say. Come send off our seniors to their next big adventure and celebrate another amazing year!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
Want more information about BTY events such as times, locations and RSVP info? Just make sure our Youth Director, David Cumming at has your email address to receive the most current BTY information.