Junior FROGY and FROGY
Junior Franklin Reform Organization of Group Youth
Junior FROGY is a social opportunity for 6th - 8th graders to get together and bond as a pre-cursor to FROGY. We plan a few events each year such as glow bowling and a trip to Launch Trampoline Park in Norwood. This group is open to Temple members only and there is no fee to join. The only cost is that of each activity. We have lunch as part of the whole outing as well. It's a great opportunity for the kids to get to know each other beyond the school setting and build relationships that they can carry forward into FROGY and elsewhere.
Franklin Reform Organization of Group Youth
We are the senior youth group (grades 9-12) of Temple Etz Chaim. We organize a variety of local events, like creative services, socials, and fundraisers for tzedakah. FROGYites also go to NFTY events. NFTY is the National Federation of Temple Youth, an organization of groups like FROGY across the country. FROGY is part of the Northeast Region of NFTY, NFTY-NE. (By the way, NFTY-NE is the largest and most active region in the country! And we’re proud of it too.) During several regional events each year, almost one a month, we spend time with teens from other youth groups.
We organize tons of fun events around here with nearby youth groups or just with FROGY. On October 19, we went to Davis’ Mega Maze in Sterling and raced in two groups through a gigantic corn maze. We go to tons of regional events like three-day conclavettes and five-day institutes. We've gone to see local shows followed by dinner at Fire and Ice. We’ve gone bowling. We have bake sales at Sunday School, and as you’ve hopefully seen we collect donations each year for MAZON, the Jewish Response to hunger. And if none of this sounds good, tell us your idea and we’ll try it out for our next event!
Our temple’s senior youth group has accomplished so much this year. We had a very successful food drive, with about 1,300 pounds of food, along with a successful Mazon drive thanks to the temple congregation.
We’ve had several events this year, such as the mega maze, and fall conclavette (a NFTY event). Everyone who went to the mega maze had a great time, we were cold and scared, and it was truly a great bonding experience for those who went.
Fall Conclavette was a great experience as well, with seven FROGY members in attendance. It was at a hotel this year, which is a change from the usual hosting situation. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the switch of hosts.
Levi leap was the last event we had, which was only a week or so ago in mid-November. We had six FROGY members in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the color war and dance, plus the many other activities they had planned besides the dance.
We have many other events planned for the future, please stay tuned to find out what else we’ll be up to later on in the year.