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.

 

Check out our Teen Programs Brochure!  Download our Registration From and sign up today!

 

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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.

Jacob Kraus

Jake serves as Temple Sinai's Youth Advisor and Songleader. He has been songleading for over a decade at synagogues, day schools, and summer camps including URJ Kutz Camp and URJ Eisner Camp. A member of the Jewish A Cappella group Six13, Jacob travels the country singing with communities and using Jewish music as a tool to educate and engage the next generation of Jews. During the week, Jake can be found at Temple Sinai engaging the teen guys in TSPN, a program that seeks to build Jewish community though sports, tzedakah, and discussion. Jake also leads our political advocacy club, Generation Equality, which aims to empower teens to take action on important issues of social justice. One of his favorite parts of working at Temple Sinai is talking football with Rabbi White.

Sarah Evens

Sarah has been working at Temple Sinai for 14 years, in both the Religious School and Teen Programs. Sarah teaches in the Hand in Hand program as well as Cooking for a Cause, where she shares her passion for Jewish cooking with the next generation. Sarah finds it deeply rewarding to watch the Sinai teens grow and mature into young adults who are so engaged with their Judaism. Chaperoning the 2015 Teen Tikkun Olam Trip to Israel and experiencing the country for the first time with the teens was one of the most memorable experiences of her life. In addition to her work at Sinai, Sarah is a full- time NYC Middle School Science Teacher and has taught at a science day camp for many summers.

Josh Bogard

Josh's favorite aspect of working at Temple Sinai for the past 12 years is teaching students in 5th grade, again in 7th grade, and then again ultimately in the Teen Programs. Watching them progress on their Jewish journey is inspiring. Josh enjoys training teens through the Madrichim (Teen Leaders) program, helping them to hone their professional skills. Outside of the shul, Josh works as a High School Guidance Counselor who specializes in the college process. He is also the Boys Head Counselor at Camp Iroquois Springs. Josh loved being a teenager so much that he still goes to high school every day, attends Religious School three times per week and heads off to summer camp when the school year ends!

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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