In addition to learning done in the classroom, we invite 6th through 12th graders to participate in “Temple Austin Beth Shalom Youth” (TABSY), and TABSY Jr., our Temple youth groups. Youth do not have to be registered Religious or Hebrew School students to be a member of TABSY or TABSY Jr.
Our Temple youth groups are part of over 500 Reform congregation youth groups in North America that operate under the umbrella of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). We are part of the Texas-Oklahoma Region (NFTY-TOR). NFTYites strive to forge an identity in consonance with the goals and values of Reform Judaism.
NFTYites build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming. Many NFTYites serve as NFTY leaders on the local TYG, regional, and even North American levels. Many NFTY Leaders continue on to become both lay and professional leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement.