Informal Youth Programs

Youth, College and Informal Education Programs
Our programs offered at Temple Shaaray Tefila provide our children, students and families opportunities to connect with each other in social and informal educational experiences as they explore their own Jewish identity


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Shaaray Tefila Youth Groups offer:

  • A place to make friends
  • An opportunity to be part of a vibrant and fun community
  • A place to grow into leadership
  • A time to strengthen and enjoy your Jewish identity

Youth Publications:

High School Youth Group: TaSTY brochure 

Why get involved in Youth Group by a HS Student

Youth Group Brochure 

Junior Youth Group activities
Our Junior Youth Group activities provide fun informal educational programs and interactive social activities for our students in 4th grade through 8th grade. Junior Youth Groups: Club 45, JJS, Just 8, and Rosh Chodesh.

Club 45
Club 45 is for students in the 4th and 5th grades. Club 45 offers field trips, social-action-based activities & informal learning opportunities for students to meet new friends and spend time with their friends from Shaaray Tefila Religious School.

JJS-Jewish Journeys at Shaaray is a youth group for children in 4th and 5th grade.
Community-building through fun social gatherings, field trips, social action-based activities and Informal learning opportunities

Just 8
Just 8 is our youth group for 8th grade students. This youth group provides community-building and social networking for students. During the spring our 8th graders will be invited to join the High School Youth Group: TaSTY.

Rosh Chodesh 
We are proud to offer a social and educational program for our girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Using curriculum from a national program, the Rosh Chodesh youth group is based on the Jewish traditions of women’s New Moon Celebrations to build self esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills, and friendship networks of adolescent girls. 

Our senior youth group, TaSTY is open to all high school students (grades 9-12). TaSTY is organized and primarily led by our high school leaders. TaSTY provides opportunities for social networking, leadership development, social action, retreat programs, and experiential Jewish education. High school students are also encouraged to attend weekend kallot and events run by the North American Youth program NFTY. TaSTY belongs to NFTY’s New York region (NFTY-NAR). 

College Connections
“College connections” is our group for all college students from Temple Shaaray Tefila. We reach out to our students to provide a connection with Temple Shaaray Tefila when our college students are away from home at school. College Connections provides holiday gift packages and host events, programs and reunion activities during the school and holiday breaks. 

Jewish Summer Camp
Next to your personal family connections, Jewish summer camps provide the strongest life-long bond to Jewish life!

Shaaray Tefila provides summer camp tuition scholarships to our students who attend a URJ camp for the first time.

The Reform Movement Camps offer an invaluable opportunity to discover the joys of living Judaism as part of a warm, fun, spirited, and diverse community. URJ Camp Eisner and Crane Lake Camp in the Berkshires provide all the traditional camp programs, experiences and more. Visit their websites: And for our High School Students, NFTY’s Campus for Reform Jewish Teens at URJ’s Kutz Camp offers an opportunity for a teen only environment with options to focus on area of interest and hobbies. Fore more info:

For more information: Please contact Mindy Davids at [email protected] 

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