Thursday, August 21st 2014  25th of Av, 5774

Youth Groups/Informal Jewish Education

Jewish communal life is a joyous experience, and our Youth Groups and Informal Jewish Education bring this experience to our children and teens through social, religious, cultural, and social action programming. Within a uniquely Jewish environment, children and teens grow in pride and confidence and form friendships that last a lifetime.

To join any of the Youth Groups, JeshTY or NFTY-GER, call Youth Program Director, Sarah Silversten at 973-379-3177, ext. 6638 or email her at

KatanTY (Small Temple Youth)- Kgn – 2nd Graders

Develops Jewish identity for our youngest youth group, 2nd and 3rd graders.  Most programs take place following Sunday programs.

GadolTY (Big Temple Youth)- 3rd – 5th Graders

Provides programming for 3rd – 5th grade students.  Event times and locations vary and include sporting events and activities, theme restaurants, and mitzvah projects.

MitzvotTY- 6th – 8th Graders

A social action corps for b’nai mitzvah students.  Some events meet at B’nai Jeshurun and others out of the building.

JeshTY (Jeshurun Temple Youth)- 8th-12th Graders

Offers a year-long calendar of events for High School students that integrate social, religious, cultural, and social action activities. This Senior Youth Group is a student-run organization. A Board of students is elected each spring and together with the Youth Advisor, educators and clergy, the students to create a comprehensive year of programming.

2011-2012 JeshTY Executive Board

  • President:  Stephanie Shaw
  • Executive VP: Benjamin Dantowitz
  • Social Action VP:  Julie Gould
  • Religious & Cultural VP:  Courtney Cooperman
  • Membership VP:  Jared Goldsmith
  • Corresponding VP:  Emily Feigelman
  • Communications & Publicity Chair: Ethan Siegel
  • 8th Grade Liaison: Rachel Brisgel
  • 12th Grade Representative: Rebecca Farber
  • 11th Grade Representative: Evan Hartwig
  • 10th Grade Representative: Noah Albert
  • 9th Grade Representative: Noah Sellinger
  • 8th Grade Representative: Elizabeth Hersch

NFTY-GER (North-American Federation of Temple Youth- Garden Empire Region)

Provides wonderful opportunities for teenagers to meet peers from other Reform Jewish communities in a Jewish social environment, as well as for study and pray. NFTY-GER (North American Federation of Temple Youth-Garden Empire Region) holds several events throughout the year at various congregations in our greater Reform Jewish community and at our area Reform Jewish camps.

Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun 1025 South Orange Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078 P:973-379-1555 F: 973-379-4345 E-Mail: Site by North Street Creative

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