TEMPLE SINAI YOUTH PROGRAMS
JORTY (Grades 4-6)
The mainstay of our program for children in grades 4-6 is our famous “Lounge Nights.”
Approximately 12 times over the year, we meet right after Religious School for pizza dinner and
themed activities aimed at creating community and experiencing Judaism in new and exciting ways.
Our weekend events range from the inflatable “Pump it Up” Shabbat, to rock climbing for Crohn’s &
Colitis, to the Chanukah skating party, and of course the hugely popular Chocolate Seder.
ROSH HODESH (Girls in Grades 4-6)
Temple Sinai’s “Girls’ Club” has grown significantly sine it’s inception in 2007. The girls meet 6 times
per year for activities that strengthen their self-worth as well as empower them within Jewish life. The
girls enjoy sharing dinner together, saying our ritual women’s blessings while wearing a tallit of our
own design, discussing issues that affect them and engaging in fun and artistic activities. We also
participate in the Friend-of-a-Friend/Chaverot Women’s Seder with our moms, sisters, aunts, cousins,
Knowing that the social lives of 7th graders are filled week after week by B’nei Mitzvah services and
parties, a program was created in 2008 that would piggyback on their weekly class schedule. Club 7
meets approximately 6 times a year directly following 7th grade class on Monday nights. The time is
structured purely as a social gathering in a safe environment with the intent of creating community
and strengthening ties to the Temple. This program bridges the gap between JORTY and SORTY
and maintains the continuity of youth participation at Temple Sinai.
SORTY (Grades 8-12)
Our senior youth group is led by an elected board. Officers gain professional experience through
board meetings and the planning and implementation of various events. Highlights of our year-long
program include NFTY Leadership Training Institute, “Sushi in the Sukkah”, Social Justice Day, Israel
Fair, Purim Carnival, Hebrew High “Torah at your Table”, Mitzvah Day, weekend Kallot, Brotherhood
Softball Game, and our monthly Lounge Nights. Our weeklong February Tikkun Olam Trips are
incredibly popular and have included destinations such as New Orleans, San Diego, and a road trip
across the Gulf Coast.
To keep up our relationship with teens who have graduated from our program, we send them holiday
packages and informational mailings at colleges across the country (and abroad!) They include items
such as The Scribe, letters from our clergy, postcards from the Youth Director, articles from Jewish U
(by Scott Aaron), print material on Jewish volunteer and work opportunities (Birthright, URJ camps,
Kesher, scholarships, internships…), holiday ritual items, coffeehouse gift cards and of course plenty
of sweet treats!
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