LoMPTY is the Coolest Place to be a Jewish Teen! We want YOU to join in on the fun!
LoMPTY, which stands for “Light of My People Temple Youth”, is Congregation Or Ami’s youth group for grades 9 – 12. In LoMPTY, our teenagers have the opportunity to socialize with other Jewish teens, explore and live Judaism on their own terms, and gain leadership skills that will help them excel in all aspects of their lives. LoMPTY encourages our high schoolers to shape their experience and activities at Or Ami. With guidance from our Youth Advisor, a teen Board runs LoMPTY. The Board decides on the activities, plans and runs the programs. They invite other LoMPTYites to take on leadership roles such as photographing events, designing publicity, playing music at our Havdalah services, all while creating a welcoming and fun environment.
Events include: Movie Marathon, Bowling and Ice Cream Party, Mall Scavenger Hunt, Luau-themed Shul-In (overnight), Creative Service and ‘Vegas’ Dance, Social Action projects, Six Flags Road Trip, and End of the Year Pool Party!
LoMPTYites also lead Shabbat services for the whole synagogue and mentor younger students in our learning programs. LoMPTYites play leadership roles in Triple T: Tracks for Temple Teens, Or Ami’s teen engagement programs.
Learn more. Contact Rabbi Julia Weisz.
LoMPTYites also participate in the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the national youth group for the Reform movement which represents around 500 Temple Youth Groups in North America. LoMPTY is particularly active in NFTY’s Southern California Region (NFTY SoCal), which has 250 teen participants. Through NFTY So Cal, our Jewish teenagers connect other teens throughout California and the country. LoMPTYites participate in NFTY So Cal retreats: the Leadership Training Institute (LTI), Fall Conclave, Social Justice Kallah (SJK), West Coast Party, Regional Board Elections, and Spring Kallah.
Our teenagers attend NFTY’s summer trips to Israel, Avodah and CIT sessions at Camp Newman (Santa Rosa, CA), summer leadership programs at Kutz Camp (Warwick, NY), and the 1500 teen-strong NFTY Convention.
Or Ami teenagers create an outstanding, meaningful youth group experience that allows them to develop individually, bond as a group, and create life-long relationships with each other and Judaism.