Teen Programs

There are dozens of ways for teens to get involved at Temple Sinai! Our weekly programs run the gamut from a Cooking Class to a Gay-Straight Alliance to a Teen Philanthropy Club and just about everything in between. More than 120 teens join us regularly to enhance their Jewish education, to repair the world, to feel connected and to spend time in a safe & welcoming environment. Teens registered in all of our programs are considered part of our senior youth group, SORTY.  In addition to our weekly programs, we have amazing trips and single-day events. We can't wait for you to join us!

Explore our brochure to discover why Temple Sinai has the largest congregational teen community on Long Island.


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Meet our OUTSTANDING Teen Educators


Lulu Belferder

Lulu serves as Temple Sinai’s Director of Youth Engagement. Lulu Belferder has been part of the team at Temple Sinai since 2012. Among her many roles, she has helped to coordinate the Chazak program for two years, taught Religious School classes, assisted with the 6th Grade Holocaust class, and chaperoned countless teen trips. Lulu has directed Sinai’s Hand in Hand program since its inception in 2014, and she couldn't be more proud of the teens involved. She is a Birthright Fellow and has led a dozen trips to Israel for young adults. She also spends her summers in exotic locations leading teens in meaningful service work through the URJ’s Mitzvah Corps program. Lulu oversees all of Temple Sinai's Teen Programs.

Dan McDermet

Dan McDermet is excited to start in August as the new Asst. Director of Youth Engagement and the Religious School’s Music Teacher.  Dan comes to his new role with 4 summers of experience being on staff at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York, and spending the inaugural summer of the URJ Six Points Sports Camp in LA, California as head song leader, senior counselor and assistant baseball coach.  Most of Dan’s values, beliefs and teachings come from his involvement within the Reform movement, and Temple Sinai welcomes Dan as he brings his talent, enthusiasm, passion and experience to this position.

Rosie Bogard

Rosie is a beloved Social Worker and Transition Coordinator in a Long Island high school. Rosie began working at Temple Sinai over 15 years ago as a Religious School Teacher, and filled an important role overseeing our resource room, 1:1 tutoring, and development of behavior plans for the classrooms. Rosie now coordinates Temple Sinai's Chazak program for children with special needs. Because many of the children in Chazak are becoming adolescents, Rosie now also oversees a new program just for them. Teen Chazak is designed to offer social, vocational, and life skills for individuals with special needs who are 14 years and older. Teen Chazak is Rosie's favorite time of the week: she gets to share her love of being a Transition Coordinator in a Jewish setting. A perfect match!



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