Aaron Wiener (he/him) has been engaged in Jewish youth work for the past nine years. Previously, he worked for Valley of the Sun JCC & BBYO Mountain Region in Arizona before being appointed to his current position, where he has been the Teen Youth Director and Madrichim Coordinator at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills for the past four years.
During the COVID pandemic in southern California, we saw our Jewish communities weaken. From our camp spaces disappearing to our teen youth groups (TYG) struggling, many of us stopped programming and decreased in membership, while a few of us thrived the best way we knew how - by joining forces. For us, as youth directors, advisors, and educators, we knew this was the way to keep teens inspired and engaged with one another.
Aaron Wiener, youth director at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, brought together 10 congregations and youth groups from California for an in-person Temple Youth Group Leadership Training Retreat and it was a huge success.