Youth Group December 2018 News

Dear Synagogue Members,

Hello! My name is Jen Gold and I am the new H2I Youth Director replacing Daniel Bacharach. I admire, respect and love Judaism and the bridge it creates between children and teens. I am very excited to be taking on this new role and working with each of the three synagogues, your children and the Jewish community.

A little background about me: I am a second grade teacher and have taught Hebrew school for many years. I too was a part of a youth group when I was younger where I served in multiple positions and met some of my life-long friends being a part of it. I was also a graduate assistant at Hofstra University where I created and executed programs that connected the students to the community around them.

I hope to create a family atmosphere for the H2I children and teens. Together, we will create a place where they feel safe and at home. I will work towards instilling Jewish morals and values that will help shape our members. I also plan to bring more community service opportunities to H2I as it is extremely important that our children and teens not only understand Tikkun Olam (making the world a better place), but also have the opportunity to become an intricate and intimate part of it.

As the new H2I Youth Director, my goals will be to:

  • commit to creating and executing meaningful and exciting programs throughout the year,
  • create a space for children and teens to come and feel connected to not only each other, but also to the Jewish religion,
  • create a sense of community amongst everyone associated with the H2I youth groups from 2nd grade through high school, 
  • create a connection between our children and the importance of community service, and
  • increasing membership and retention.

I look forward to being a part of this wonderful community and to meeting each of you as the year goes on.  I am optimistic and confident that this is going to be the best year that H2I has seen yet!

Please feel free to reach out at any time! You can contact me at . For more information, visit

I hope to see your children at a future H2I meeting. We meet every Sunday through November 18th at Hillcrest Jewish Center. (We’ll pick up again in December after the Thanksgiving weekend.) The 2nd through 5th graders meet from 5-6:15pm, the Middle Schoolers meet from 6:15-7:30pm and the High Schoolers meet from 7:30-9pm.


Jennifer Gold

H2I Youth Director