Welcome to BTTY!

Beth Torah Temple Youth (BTTY), our youth program for 9th - 12th grade students, helps these teens become informed, active, committed adults who will contribute to the future of Judaism. BTTY is affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and is part of NFTY’s Missouri Valley Region, including Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and part of Illinois.
When you join BTTY, you become a member of the Missouri Valley Region and of NFTY. Dues are $35 per year.
BTTY Advisor is Alexa Kitt.
BTTY elects officers and board members each year who take the lead in planning and executing BTTY programs, with the assistance of the adult volunteers. The BTTY President holds a place on Beth Torah’s Board of Trustees and BTTY members serve on the congregation’s standing committees. BTTY is a very active group and has won many regional programming awards. Programs and meetings are held about twice a month and are planned by the teens. Most programs have an educational component in addition to social activity.
Additionally, these teens participate in many social justice projects throughout the year. BTTY members have the opportunity to travel to different communities within the region for Chavurot (weekend conventions) several times each year. 

Sunday,  February 5th        12:30-1:30 p.m.                             BTTY Board Meeting
Sunday, February 26th       3:00 – 7:00 p.m.                            Zach’s Birthday Bash at Urban Air
Saturday, March 4th           3:00-4:00 p.m.                               BTTY Board Meeting – off-site
Sunday, March 5th            11:30-1:30 p.m.                              Purim Carnival/Silent Auction
Saturday, March 25th         4:30 – 9:30 p.m.                            Parents Night Out Camp Rainbow Fundraiser
Sunday, April 12th             7:00-8:30 p.m.                               BTTY Board Meeting – off-site
Saturday, April 15th           5:30-8:30 p.m.                              Murder Mystery Seder
Saturday, May 6th              2:00-5:00 p.m.                               Science City
Friday, May 26th                6:30-9:00 p.m.                               Attend CBT Worship and youth lounge get-together

Beth Torah Temple Youth is proud to announce their Board and leadership for the 2017-2018 School Year

President: Tess Gerson
Religious and Cultural Vice President: Sam Fine
Program Vice-President: Max Gates
Special Projects Coordinator and Presidential Consultant: Rylee Hendrikse
Merchandise Coordinator: Braden Davis
Babysitting Coordinator: Tess Gerson
Advisors: Alexa Kitt and Zach Zwibelman

BTTY is looking for interested 8th – 11th graders to join them in filling out their Board. The group plans to work together to cover the areas of Social Action, Membership and Publicity (flyers and social media). Interested teens should contact Alexa Kitt at

At Erev Shabbat worship on Friday, May 26th we will thank the 2016-17 Beth Torah Temple Youth Group Board for their contributions this year and the 2017-18 Board will be installed. Please join us for worship and the installation at 6:30 p.m. and for a celebratory nosh hosted by the parents of the 2016-17 Board beginning at 6:00 p.m. There is a Youth Lounge Night following worship for all 8th – 12 graders.

BTTY Sponsored High Holy Day food Drive 2016

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BTTY is excited to announce the new board leadership team for Congregation Beth Torah Temple Youth:

President: Sarah Shaw
Programming Vice-President: Jared Boehm
Social Action Vice-President: Rylee Hendrikse
Religious & Cultural Vice-President: Blaire Ellenberg
Membership Vice-President: Ella Pavin
Communications & Visual Vice-President: Sydney Kitt
JYG Liaison: Aaron Haun and Max Gates
Future Leaders: Megan Gates Will Reicher
Advisor: Alexa Kitt

BTTY also appreciates all the parents who helped us with pizza and snack sales this year.  In case you don’t know, these sales provide money to help BTTYites travel to regional events: Amanda Bachmuth, Judith Benson, Kristy Blackman, Allyson Burnett, Paul & Julie Chesis, Mike & Jill Fine, Randi Friedlander, Jon Gale, Julie Hakan, Matt & Shauna Haun, Rick & Teresa Hellman, Jane Lawless, Lori Oellien, Kelly Somberg, Larry Rittmaster, Lisa Wilcox and Cathy Wylan.  We couldn’t have done it without you!