Led by the "Maz" our high school leaders
Bogrim Advisor: Amy May

Upcoming Bogrim Events

Annual Hamantschen Making Event

Sunday February 19


The annual hamantaschen making event is always a lot of fun.  We will be making hamantaschen for the OZ Purim party and misloah manot bags which are delivered to elders and others in our community.  Each participant will also get some to bring home.  Light lunch will be served for those staying after OZ Hebrew School.  We will also play some games led by the mazkirut, our teen board.  

Parent help is needed for this event.  Please let us know if you can help out.

Location: Ohavi Zedek 188 North Prospect St Burlington.

RSVP to Amy May 978-995-5679

Save the date

Mar 11 or 12 - Purim celebration & movie

Mar 26 Scholar in Residence at OZ

April 9 Event TBD

May 21 Closing Event

      Upcoming Regional Events and
  Other Local Events that may be of Interest for Jewish Youth in Vermont

Vermont "Chai" School, the joint Hebrew High School of Ohavi Zedek & Temple Sinai, is the only after school high school in Vermont for Jewish teens regardless of synagogue affiliation (or lack thereof) and regardless of whether or not a student has ever attended Hebrew School. The School is dedicated to bringing compelling classes to all Jewish teens. 

For more information, please email Vermont School Director Judy Alexander of Temple Sinai, or call at (802) 862-5125. Or you can email OZHS Principal Naomi Barell, Ohavi Zedek's liaison to Vermont Chai School, or call at (802) 864-0218 x 26.

Summer Camp and Jewish programs:

    There are many Israel experiences available for high school kids -summer trips, high school semesters, gap years, and more.
    Young Judaea offers a variety of summer programs with different focuses and some combined with visits to other countries. YJ trips offer the opportunity to hike Israel, volunteer on a community service project, and make friends from all over the US, Israel, and the world!   
    Other summer programs to Israel include the BBYO Passport and Chetz V'Keshet offered by the Israeli Scouts. There are also program offed by the Conservative USY, Reconstructionist Noar Hadash and the Reform, NFTY movement as well.
Semester Experiences:
    Alexander Muss High School in Israel is a non-denominational, co-educational English language study abroad program in Israel for high school students for part of the academic school year or summer in Israel during the sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. TRY is a semester of study at Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, the Ramah Jerusalem High School, a fully accredited international secondary school program. TRY offers tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders the opportunity to live and learn in the land of Israel.
Gap Year:
    Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel is the largest gap year program for recent high school graduates. Over the course of nine months, Year Course participants immerse themselves in all aspects of Israeli life and culture - learning Hebrew, interacting with their Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for their Jewish heritage and exploring Israel through a variety of volunteer placements. Accredited college-level courses, extensive travel, independent/group living are all-available!
    Nativ is a similar excellent program through the Conservative movement. The Nativ year offers its participants two distinct components: studying in the heart of Jerusalem and volunteering in other areas of Israel. Masa Israel Journey offers over 200 study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Israel.
Local scholarships for Jewish summer camp and Israel programs include the Greenberg-Lopkin and Howard "Richie"Lazarus Camp Scholarship Fund and the Greenberg-Bratspis Israel Scholarship Fund and  the Ludwin Lewisohn scholarship which is available for people studying in Israel and The Bronfman Foundation sponsors an all expense paid summer in Israel for high school juniors (this is competitive). 
If you would like more information on camps, Israel programs or scholarships or have any questions please contact Amy May at 978-995-5679

Past events

September 25 Bogrim kicked off the year with  fun barbecue at Shelburne Beach.  We also learned about water issues in Israel and compared them with water issues in Vermont.  

October 30 Agreat time was had by all when we went to Whitcomb's Land of Pumpkins.  We made our way through the corn maze and learned about Jewish monsters  in Jewish liturgy and folklore.  

August 29th.  We started off the year with splash for the last blast of summer! The lovely weather allowed for lots of fun, such as the water balloon toss and bocce. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed cooling off in the pool. We all took part in Havdalah and a delicious BBQ followed, along with roasting marshmallows around an awesome campfire. Lastly, there was the viewing of an exciting and funny movie, Shrek, as the ending for the first event of the year! Surprisingly, Shrek is actually linked really strongly with Judaism, which they all learned about and enjoyed watching.

Oct. 4th, Sunday, Young Judaea Maz lead a vegetable-printing booth at the "Sukkot on the Farm" where kids used vegetables  and tempura paints to make flag out of up cycled sheets to decorate the sukkah.  Bogrim participants meet the Maz there for a wonderful picnic lunch, a great game of jeopardy, some farm fresh ice cream and a special workshop in the woods led by Jessica Rubin of Roots and Trails Eco Jewish Education and Mentoring exploring the concept of out abundance as it manifests in our lives and how we can share it with the places in the world where it does not. 

Nov. 8th, Sunday,  Bogrim had a great time participating in the Scholar in Residence Program at OZ.   We meet with Jeff Potash for a discussion about the Zion Black Mural followed by a delicious Bagel Brunch and then participate 
Thin the arts and crafts clay workshop being offered making beautiful clay menorahs and kiddish cups.

December12h -13th, Bogrim celebrated Chanukah with a sleepover celebration at Temple Sinai with havdalah, menorah lighting, latkes and all the trimmings, dreidel games, chocolate gelt and a gift exchange.  In addition they collected clothing and gifts for donation to the Shalom

 January 17th, Bogrim had a great time Bowling and playing Laser Tag for Charity Event at Spare Time, 21 Lower Mountain Drive in Colchester.  

 February 7th, Bogrim help us prepare a delicious, warm meal to help in comforting families who are temporarily lodging here that have their children receiving medical treatment at Vermont Children’s Hospital at University of Vermont Medical Center. They made a lot of extra's to fill the G'mach freezer at OZ as well to help those in need in our community. 

March, 6th, The exciting hamantaschen event was a blast for everyone! It began with a delicious bagel brunch which we all enjoyed. Then, an awesome scavenger hunt game took place which included Purim trivia, fun games, and many other cool challenges. After that, the yummy hamantaschen making began! From chocolate to apricot and even more flavors, the hamantaschen turned out great. To wrap up the event, numerous goodie bags of these treats were delivered to nearby homes.

March 19th, Young Judaea Bogrim ate a terrific dinner at Pizzeria Verita before watching Theatre Kavanah's rendition of Brundibar: A Musical Tale. What a talented cast and a magnificent show!
The history of Brundibár is poignant and powerful; while imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp, Brundibár's creators
helped the children of the camp stage the piece no fewer than 55 times, delivering a continued message of hope. With a libretto by Pulitzer- prize winning playwright, Tony Kushner, this version pays homage to Brundibár
's past and serves as a rallying point for justice and an end to oppression in the future.

April 3rd, Young Judaea Bogrim took part in the Jewish Communities of Vermont Conference at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe Vt.  It was a great opportunity to meet Jewish Youth from around the state and learn a lot about Israel. 


September 14th, Sunday - Peace by the Lake.  We kicked off the new YJ year with a wonderful afternoon at a family camp on Lke Iroquious in Hinesburg.  We canoed, kayaked, paddle boarded and enjoyed the last days of summer and heard from friend, Mira Coffey about her experiance in Israel this past summer during war with Gaza.

Saturday, October 18th,  7:00pm –
Sunday, October 19th, 9:30 am
Bogrim’s October  event  was a fun overnight of carving and decorating pumpkins, discussing “The Jew in You”;  how they want to express their Judaism in their lives, playing games, including Jewish Apples to Apples and Jewish Taboo and watching the movie, Keeping Up with the Steins.

On November 9th, the Young Judaea Bogrim joined the Scholars in Residence weekend at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue for the "Go Green with Bogrim" event.  After the delicious localvore brunch, we shared plans for our Bogrim Rain Garden for the Jserve community project in May.  Overall, it was a great way to inform ourselves on the environment in relation to our religion! 

Dec 13th, Chanukah "Who done it?' mystery dinner

January 25th, Bowling for Charity

Feb 8th, Lots of baking at our annual Hamentashen making event.
A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make this an record breaking Purim Hamantaschen Making Community Event!  I think we made over 2,000 hamantashen and got misloach manot bags to friends and neighbors in our communities.

March 15th, “Beneath the Helmet”: From High School to the Home Front is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. Followed by a discussion led by Yoav Levin

April 12th, Asepha Elections (Asephish) at the Jay Peak
Pump House indoor water park.  What a beautiful day on the mountain of Jay Peak Ski resort.  Everyone had such a splash and fun filled day at the
waterpark.  We held our annual Asepha elections on the mezzanine upstairs at the waterpark overlooking the beautiful ski slopes and mountains.  Our
new Mazkirut were unanimously voted in for our upcoming 2015/2016 year
May 17th, J Serve, Rain Garden instillation at OZ!  Come see our amazing rain garden.

August 23rd, Friday evening, 4pm-8pm
What a great kick off to the new YJ  year.  We made new friends and reconnected with old, had a wonderful  peer led Kabbalat Shabbat and a great Shabbat dinner on North Beach. 

October 13th, Sunday,
Young Judaea Bogrim joined with Temple Sinai for the 4th annual Hike Against Hunger, raising 1,200 for Hunger Free Vermont.  We had an absolutely glorious day for our hike up Mount Philo enjoying the foliage, the amazing view of the Champlain valley and the delicious BBQ  at the top. 

November 3rd, Sunday, We had a great talk with Rabbi Eilberg, about her experiences and reflections as the first women rabbi ordained in Conservative Judaism and "breaking boundaries" in our own lives as well. Miriasha, made a superb presentation on the famous "Women of the Wall" We had a wonderful Bagel Brunch before heading downtown for  some ice cream at Ben&Jerry's.

Dec 7th, Sunday
, A wonderful Hanukkah party, so much fun for everyone!  We had havdalah, light the hanukkah candles and had some wonderful latka's with all the Hanukkah fixings with jelly donuts for dessert, and a really fun white elephant swap.  Natan taught us all how to play poker and we raised $60 for the Red Cross.  Lots of fun games, Jewish Apples to Apples and Jewish Taboo and hanging out with friends.

January, 12th, Sunday, We had a bowling good time Bowling at Champlain Lanes

January 24th, Friday evening, Rock Shabbat
at Temple Sinai.  We had a great time schmoozing, having pizza and rocking with teens from the College Street Congregational Church.  Thanks Miriasha for expaining the Shabbat service to all. This was a really fun and special way to spend a Friday evening. 

February 9th, Sunday, 
We had a wonderful time  climbing at  Petra Cliffs and learning about the mountains in Israel.

March 9th, Sunday A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make this an record breaking Purim Hamantaschen Making Community Event!  I think we made over 2,000 hamantashen and got misloach manot bags to friends and neighbors in our communities.  We had a wonderful time making and baking and putting OZ'a  wonderful new kitchen through it's paces.
April 6th -A huge thank you to all our 70 wonderful J Serve volunteers who made our day of Mitzvot a raving success! We fed the hungry at Ronald McDonald House, Burlington Emergency Shelter, COTS Daystation and the Respite House. Cleaned and filled the OZ community freezer, cleaned closets, class rooms, the kitchen and the grounds at OZ and cleaned, organized and painted at the Shalom Shuk. What a wonderful day of tikkun olam (repairing the world).
May 25th,  Sunday,  Bogrim took Six Flags Great Escape by storm on Memorial Day Weeked.  Endless roller coaster rides and water slides were only part of our fun-filled day.  We held our annual Asepha elelctions at the water park to vote in and welcome our new Mazkirut leaders, Matt Ellison, Holly Issenberg, Abby Rosenthal and Renee Dauerman.  Everyone had such a AsePhun day!

September 9th we spent a beautiful late summer afternoon meeting new friends and getting back to together with old at the camp of Randall Kay and Marjorie Meyer on Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg.  We went canoeing/kayaking, played games, had a BBQ, not to mention Fran’s famous Rosh Hashanah apple crisp.

October 6th we continued our food fest at our Sukkah Sleepover.  We thoroughly enjoyed the ice cream sundae bar while we played some serious Taboo and Apples to Apples.  After that we watched Keeping the Faith, and then we settled down to a good night’s sleep.  A few of us slept inside, but most of us were in the OZ Sukkah.  It was chilly, but awesome.  Thanks so much to Raul for setting up the Sukkah where we could sleep on grass.  It was great.  In the morning we joined the Hoshanah Rabbah service – not to be missed.  It was so much fun.  See the pictures in Rabbi Joshua’s article.  And after all that we helped out for Mitzvah Day clearing a lot of brush from the woods in back of OZ.

Nov 4th
we relaxed in luxury at the Pumphouse Water Park in Jay.  We learned a little bit about having fun in the water in Israel too. 

Dec 7th-9th
Our Annual Winter Shabbatone weekend in Orange Vt was a wonderful way to begin Chanukah.  We learned a lot about Israel and the conflict with the Palestinians, ate lots of Chanukah treats and more, went for a hike (no snow), and relaxed, played a lot of games and made a great puzzle. 

February 17th  Thank you everyone for the amazing baking extravaganza.  We made close to 2000 hamantashen.  Many were made into Misloach manot (purim gift) bags and are being delivered and enjoyed by the  homebound in our community!  What a way to have fun and do a good dead too. An amazing community effort. 

March 10th,
We had a great time on our walking tour of "Little Jerusalem" .  Not only did we get to see the old Jewish section of town but we got to see a beautiful mural that will soon hopefully be restored to it's original state.  Following all that we saw a reading of "The Chosen" which was very powerful and thought provoking.

April 14th, Thank you Jeff, Leon and Lily for coming to speak to us about the Macabi games you will be attending in Israel this summer!  We had a great time learning about the games from these UVM athletes and fun skating too.

May 5th,  Ah Safari/Asepha - Maz Elections and a great time playing out door laser tag.  We couldn't have asked for a nicer day.  So much fun with such great friends.  Can't wait until next year. 

 Meet The Mazkirut

The Maz

Ethan Hall, Cooper Birdsall, Renee Dauerman, Holly Issenberg

Holly Issenberg – Mazkira; Co President/vice president

Hi, my name is Holly Issenberg and this will be my third year on the maz as I go into my junior year at CVU high school.  I am on the rowing team at CVU as well as the Nordic Ski Team.  I'm very excited to be spending another year on Maz as co president and am looking forward to another fun year with Young Judaea.


Renee Dauerman Mazkira; Co President/vice president 

My name is Renee Dauerman and I am a rising junior at Champlain Valley Union High school. My position on Maz is co-president. Outside of YJ, I like to play tennis, play piano, and hang out with friends. My favorite subjects in school are math and chemistry. This year on YJ, I am really looking forward to reaching out and meeting new people. I love being a part of YJ because it connects me to the Jewish community, teaches me new things, and is always lots of fun. I can't wait to see the events YJ has in store for the upcoming year, and get to know all of the awesome people!


Cooper Birdsall – Pirsum:Communications

I'm Cooper Birdsall from Shelburne, a Sophomore at CVU. I am the current Communications Director for Maz. I'm a part of YJ so I can continue to be a part of a greater Jewish community, and because I can do that while helping give back. I'm looking forward to having fun at next year's YJ events, and meeting new people!


Ethan Hall – Social Action

My name is Ethan, and I live in Huntington. I am starting my freshman year at Mount Mansfield Union High School. I am looking forward to planning events for Young Judea this coming year, and the other opportunities that this will bring. I am on Maz because I believe that I have strong leadership skills, and I am an active member of the Jewish community. When I am not at YJ events, I play trombone and electric bass, sing, play soccer, and go hiking and sailing. My favorite food is chicken.

Bogrim Advisor: Amy May

Amy May is excited to be back in Vermont and working with Young Judaea.  Amy learned about Young Judaea from a friend when she was in 8th grade and quickly became an active member.  Amy went to Camp Tel Yehudah for four summers including one summer on Hadracha a leadership program in Israel.  She attended Young Judaea Yearourse before gap years were all the rage and worked as a counselor at Sprout Lake one of Young Judaea's Jr Camps.  Amy has worked for many years as a environmental educator, including seven summers as a day camp director where she worked hard to make inclusive programs and to build leadership skills in her campers and staff.  Amy also serves as the Youth Director and is a teacher in the OZ Hebrew School.