About The Youth Department

At our core, we are a youth organization associated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We work to provide fun, engaging, and innovative programming for Jewish youth, starting in Kindergarten, and progressing all the way up to the 12th grade...but we are much more than this!

We teach our youth to be kindhearted, generous, and compassionate. We guide them in the advocacy of Israel, while showing them that every life matters.

We teach respect, not only for others, but for ourselves as well, in a world where darkness sometimes makes it difficult to see the light in which we live.

We teach dignity, the consciousness of not possessing honor, but the understanding that we deserve it.

We are accepting, tolerant, and go above and beyond to open our arms to the world around us, in a time where, too often, others close their doors.

We are proud. We stand strong.

We are the Etz Chaim Youth Department.


About our Youth Director

Matt Altman, our Youth Director, received his B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia State University in December 2015. At Georgia State, Matt was involved with various student organizations that helped mold him into an experienced, Jewish leader and role model for the Youth of the Synagogue. He was actively involved in Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and Hillel in many roles, ranging from Social Action Vice President to President in both organizations.


Matt has been an active participant in the Atlanta Jewish community. He attended Camp Barney Medintiz from 2002-2009. He was an Assistant Teacher at Temple Emanu-el’s religious school from 2006-2011, teaching ages ranging from 2nd to 6th grade. He also served on student boards of NFTY, BBYO, and NCSY throughout his high school experience.


Matt’s goals for our children are to create an even more welcoming and warm Jewish community. His experience with Jewish Youth and programming will help our youth grow into proud, Jewish leaders. 

Matt can be reached at m[email protected] or (404) 274-6387.



Frequently Asked Questions

1.) Do I have to be a member of the synagogue to join the youth group or participate?

We accept anyone, as long as they are Jewish. This means your friends from around town can be a part of our amazing Youth Program, and they can get a wonderful experience just like you!


2.) How often does each group meet?

This usually depends on the month, but each group meets at least once a month, with Gesher and Junior Kadima meeting less than USY and Kadima.


3.) What sort of activities do you offer?

We offer something for everyone. From social action projects to social events. From dances to dine ins. From breakfasts to dinners. We have a wide variety of programming to fit a wide variety of needs.



Etz Chaim is...

Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment.  We offer:


Inspiring religious services
Educational, social, and cultural activities, serving multi-generational needs
A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
Connections with the broader community and opportunities for Tikkun Olam...

Our intention, in all activities, is to provide an environment of warmth and an opportunity for personal growth. We celebrate together, we pray together, and we learn together, making Etz Chaim truly a home away from home. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Come and get involved with your community!

We need 1) A Shabbat Greeter; 2) Social Action volunteers! Contact Joe Freeman



Looking for a Conservative Synagogue?
Please join us for Shabbat Services!
New and prospective members are always welcome!

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