Youth and Young Israel of Century City are synonymous. With hundreds of children associated with our Shul, our youth program is a crucial part of our synagogue agenda. Under the professional guidance of our outstanding staff, led by Jonathan Ravanshenas, our Youth Department includes two professional and licensed teachers and a group of very dedicated counselors. Each group is supplied with toys and modern games that the kids enjoy using. The counselors distribute prizes each week encouraging the participation of the kids in all activities. A detailed program that includes time for stories, davening, and Parashat HaShavua is organized each Shabbat.
With over sixteen years of educational experience, Jonathan holds Undergraduate and Doctoral degrees from UCLA and USC in Educational Psychology and Childhood Development. Formerly the Youth Director at Beth Jacob and Mogen David Congregation, Jonathan is emerging as one of the leaders of Jewish youth in Los Angeles. During the year Jonathan teaches at the KCA focusing on engaging Jewish elementary and middle school students. He also holds the position of vice principal of both Jewish and secular studies. During the summer Jonathan continues his focus on Jewish youth with MJ Sports Camp, which he considers to be an integral part in Jewish education and socialization.
Assistant Youth Director
My name is Daniel Kohanbash and I am the Assistant Youth Director for the Shabbat groups here at Young Israel of Century City. I am a senior at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business studying Business Administration with a focus in Real Estate Finance. I look forward to Shabbat as I get to see all the children excited to come to Shul, daven, play engaging games, win amazing prizes, and spend time with the wonderful counselors. I have been involved in Young Israel since my childhood when I attended the Shabbat Youth Groups on a weekly basis. I enjoyed going to groups at shul every week, which is what helped me grow up with a joy for Shabbat and a yearning for davening. It is now my turn and duty to provide an amazing and unforgettable Shabbat experience to all our kids. We invite everyone to join us every Shabbat from 9 am to when Shul ends and please do not hesitate to come and say Hi!