Beth Or Temple Youth (BOTY) is part of the Ohio Valley region of North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). NFTY is the Reform Jewish religious youth movement that fosters leadership at the national, regional, and congregational level. It is advised by a set of adult Jewish youth professionals. BOTYites forge and build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming. Many BOTYites serve as youth group leaders on the local, regional, and even North American levels. Many BOTY Leaders continue on to become both lay and professional leaders of the Reform Movement.

BOTY and NFTYs goals are to instill Jewish identity, increase synagogue participation amoung high school youth, foster long-term commitment to the ideals an values of Reform Judaism, and create today the Reform Jewish congregants of tomorrow. BOTY and NFTYs values are:

  • Jewish Education
  • Worship
  • Religious Action Mending the World
  • Leadership Development
  • Reform Jewish Community
  • Personal Growth and Ethics
  • The Jewish People
  • The Land and State of Israel

The BOTY board assisted by its dedicated, volunteer advisor(s) plans many religious, social, community service activities on a local level. BOTYites also participate in several regional conventions every year. Furthermore, BOTYites partake in the NFTY Leadership Academy at Kutz Camp, the NFTY Israel Programs, URJ Camp Institutes, and the NFTY Convention & NFTY Leadership Track at the URJ Biennial.

For more information, please contact Gavi Douglass at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Beth Or Temple Youth (BOTY) is planning for a dynamic new year ahead. Officers for the coming year are:

President:   Ben Guadalupe

Programming Vice President:   Ava Kuperman 

Membership and Communications Vice President:   Sara Zendlovitz

Social Action Vice President:   Natalie Taylor

Advisor:   Gavi Douglass

There is still one position open on the BOTY board, Religious and Cultural Vice President.

BOTY is open to all 9-12 graders and provides the opportunity to connect with Reform Jewish teens in our synagogue, throughout the Greater Dayton community, and across the Ohio Valley Region!  Watch The Light and the Temple Beth Or website for opportunities to get involved this coming year.