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Youth Engagement

Temple Sinai offers a wide variety of programs for students from Kindergarten through Graduate School. In addition to developing a strong connection to Judaism, those who participate create friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Temple Sinai provides a safe, inclusive space for youth to interact, learn, lead, and simply have fun.

For information on any of our Youth Programs, please contact Lulu Belferder, Director of Youth Engagement, at 516.621.6800

MACHANE SINAI:  Kindergarten-GradE 3

Created for our children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, Machane Sinai offers a camp-style atmosphere where the focus in on fun and learning. Students meet on Sunday mornings, approximately six times during the school year. This social experience includes activities such as music, arts & crafts, sports, and games.

JORTY: Grades 4-6

The mainstay of our JORTY program for children in grades 4 through 6 are our famous Lounge Nights. Held once a month, immediately following Religious School, Lounge Nights are a chance for children to build community and have fun in a Jewish setting. We say kiddush & hamotzi, enjoy pizza & salad, play air-hockey, ping pong, foosball, Giant Jenga, and do awesome activities led by the Madrichim Teen Leaders. Our special events range from Shabbat Mystery Bus Ride, to rock climbing for Crohn's & Colitis, to the hugely popular Chocolate Seder.

J-CREW: Boys in Grades 4-6

The amazing J-Crew program was designed to help boys in grades 4 through 6 grow into strong, intelligent, caring Jewish men. Temple Sinai has combined sports, technology, food, friends, and Jewish community into a program that is a total blast!  A counterpart to our popular Rosh Hodesh Girl’s Club, J-Crew meets several times throughout the year, immediately following Religious School on Monday.

ROSH HODESH: Girls in Grades 4-6

Since its inception in 2007, Temple Sinai's "Girl's Club" - Rosh Hodesh - has provided a safe and nurturing environment where our girls can thrive. We gather once a month to do activities that strengthen the girls' self-worth as well as empower them within Jewish life. The girls enjoy sharing dinner together, saying our ritual blessing while wearing a tallit of their own design, discussing issues that affect them, and doing fun and artistic projects. We laugh, learn, and grow together. We discover that true beauty really IS on the inside and that what matters most is how you treat someone, not what you're wearing. It's the kind of positive and nurturing environment that every young girl needs.

SORTY: Grades 8-12

SORTY, our senior youth group, is led by a peer-elected board. Officers gain professional experience by attending board meetings and planning and implementating a variety of events. Highlights of our year-long program include NYC Overnights, the St. Chris Winter Jam, Purim Carnival, Torah at your Table, Mitzvah Day, NFTY events, and our annual Brotherhood Softball Game. Our February Break Tikkun Olam Trips are incredibly popular and have included destinations such as New Orleans, San Diego, Memphis, and Israel.


To maintain our valued relationships with the numerous teens who have graduated from our program, we send email updates & holiday packages to them at college campuses across the country (and abroad!) Our packages include items such as The Scribe, letters from our clergy, postcards from the Director of Youth Engagement, sweet treats, ritual items, coffeehouse gift cards, and print material on Jewish volunteer & internship opportunities.  Enrollment in our College Connection program also entitles students to BIRTHRIGHT PRIORITY REGISTRATION through the URJ Kesher trip provider.
Click here for more info or to enroll your college student.

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