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The youth of Ner Tamid Congregation enjoy interactive, age-appropriate Shabbos and Chag morning groups designed to prepare them for future years of religious observance. Ner Tamid is proud to have all of our groups led by youth professionals and experienced teachers.

Under the guidance of youth director Morah Rachel Shar, Ner Tamid provides a wide range of programs for pre-school to high school students. For more information about the youth program, contact Rachel Shar at 443-904-3685 or youth@nertamid.net

Talk-of-the-Town Shabbos Groups

Over 100 weekly participants from Mommy & Me to Shmuz-n-Snacks for teens.

Unique Programs

Harry Potter Shabbos, 25-hour Shabbos lock-in, and more!

Celebrating Chagim

Meaningful & age-appropriate programming for every Jewish holiday.

Community Engagement

We partner with YACHAD, Ahavas Yisrael, and other local organizations.

About the Program

With every program, activity and interaction, our youth staff aims to create meaningful Jewish experiences that will continue to spark children’s interest and love for Torah, the Jewish People, and themselves! Our Morot are not only educators but also members of the Ner Tamid family. Our signature Shabbos and Yom Tov morning groups are exciting, welcoming, and something our youth look forward to week after week. Come join us!

Shabbos and Chag Group schedule:

Tiny Tots (Ages 2 – 4): 10:15 am – End of Services, Room 1

Gan (Ages 4 – 6): 10:15 am – End of Services, Room 11

Junior Minyan (Grades 1 – 2): 10:15 am – End of Services, Room 6

Mishnayos and Cocoa (Grades 3 – 6): 10:00 – 10:15 AM, Room 9

Tween Minyan (Grades 3 – 6): 10:15 – End of Services, Room 9

Shmuz and Snack (Grades 6 – 12): 10:15 – 11 am, Room 7

TeenMincha Every Shabbos afternoon, mincha in the main shul is led by teens, followed by a delicious teen Shalosh Suedos. To participate, please contact Eliav Hamburger at eliav.hamburger@gmail.com



Youth Program Leader


Rachel Shar grew up in a small town in Caroll County, Maryland where her immediate Jewish community was limited to one synagogue with a few dozen families. At Towson University, where she studied Elementary Education, Rachel was able to combine the two passions she developed as a child and teenager and create the framework for who she is today. Between classes, Rachel could either be found in the campus daycare where she was a lead teacher or at the Towson Hillel where she served as President. Her freshman year, Rachel also met her husband, Dov, at a Hillel event. As their relationship flourished, so did Rachel’s love for Judaism. 

As a member of the Baltimore Jewish community, Rachel has worked with Jewish children from all backgrounds as a teacher and director at institutions as diverse as Bais Yaakov, Beth Tfiloh Camps, Shoresh, and Coppermine. Rachel is currently a first-grade teacher at Ohr Chadash Academy. 

Among all the incredible institutions with which Rachel has worked, one institution stands out as a home away from home for Rachel, Dov and their four children: Eitan, Rena, Addie, and Leora. Ner Tamid has been the everlasting flame at the center of the Shar family’s Jewish home. Over the past seven years at Ner Tamid, they have found spirituality, deep friendships, and community built by diverse and unique individuals.

Want to learn more?

For information about Youth programming, contact Rachel Shar at 443-904-3685 or youth@nertamid.net.