Letter from the Youth Director
Hello there! My name is David Cumming and I’m thrilled to be your Youth Director at Congregation Har HaShem!
At Har HaShem we have programming for 3rd through 12th grade. Tzofim is our 3rd through 5th grade youth program where children get to do exciting and enriching programs. We have a vibrant junior youth group (JYG) that offers our 6th through 8th graders various spiritual, educational, social and service-based opportunities through our collective community. Our senior youth group (BTY) offers our 9th through 12th graders programming steeped in leadership development, organizational planning and engagement in innovative programming for our community of peers. As one of the most active youth groups in our NFTY Missouri Valley Region, we strive to attend leadership programs all across the region!
While your child is a member of JYG or BTY, they will be immersed in Jewish values through peer mentorship and socialization. By forging meaningful connections, they begin to transform their world views as young advocates for Jewish values, integrity and personal responsibility. Through service-learning projects, religious studies and groundbreaking programming, your child will explore community through fun-loving activities during some of their most significant years.
I’m always available for a conversation. I hope to hear from you!
CLICK HERE to learn more about Tzofim, our youth group for 3rd-5th graders.
CLICK HERE to learn more about JYG, our youth group for 6th-8th graders.
CLICK HERE to learn more about BTY, our high school youth group.
A little more about me:
As a former NFTY-STR song leader, youth group president for years with Temple Ahavat Shalom Temple Youth (TASTY) and program director for Jewish day camps around Florida, I realized the power of engaging programs, Jewish learning and community outside of a school context. I became highly involved in UF Hillel, Jewish Student Union and Israel Awareness Week during my years at the University of Florida where I graduated with degrees in journalism and education.
With over 10 years of peer-mentorship experience, I spent years after school living in and out of alternative communities in Colorado, California and Florida. While bolstering these communities through youth programming and leadership development, I knew my work and life commitments would be in community engagement. Now I’m thrilled to be expanding my community with Congregation Har HaShem as Youth Director Boulder Temple Youth!