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Jewish Life for Teens

There are so many great programs for Jewish teens throughout the Rochester community. Stay connected with opportunities offered by the Federation, youth groups, schools and other organizations. Through the network you can take advantage of events and classes all over town. So check out what’s in store for you and enjoy!

Upcoming Events



JewishTeensROC welcomes all Jewish teens! JTROC is a collaborative of members representing BRiKTY, RATSY, Rochester NCSY and Sababa USY, coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

Save the Date!

Teen Leadership Retreat
September 5-7, 2014
at The Woods at Bear Creek Campground
Franklinville, NY
Open to 8-12th Grade Jewish Community Teens, with Teens from Jewish Buffalo
$36 per person covers ALL, Transportation Provided
Bus departs from Temple B’rith Kodesh 4:30 Friday.  All teens attending who are students or madrichim will be granted permission to arrive late. All teens must choose on their registration form where they will be dropped off:  Temple B'rith Kodesh, Temple Beth El or Temple Sinai.  See the registration form for more information.

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Download your application

Learn individual, team leadership, and goal setting skills that you can use EVERYWHERE!
Information: Rich Gordon: 241.8637 or

Youth Groups

NFTY at Temple B’rith Kodesh (Reform)

9th-12th grade teens

Contact Rabbi Kelly Levy
(585) 244-7060 x227 or



NFTY at Temple Sinai (Reform)

9th-12th grade teens

Contact Jaymie Morton (585) 381-6890 or


USY at Temple Beth El (Conservative)

USY at Temple Beth David (Conservative)

9th-12th grade teens

Temple Beth David is proud to partner with the USY at Temple Beth El

Contact Leah Friedman
(585) 314-3707 or


NCSY at Congregation Beth Sholom (Orthodox)

9th-12th grade teens

Contact Rabbi Avi Kilimnick

(585) 473-1625 or

Temple Emanu-El (Reform)  
9th-12th grade teens

Contact Denise Lippa, VP of Education
(585) 329-8435 or






Want to do some good for the world? It all starts with a really small act.There are 613 commandments – or “mitzvot” – and you can do them!  Every Monday morning, check your facebook or twitter for posts from Jewish Teens of Rochester with a super-easy way to do a mitzvah! Then share or re-tweet and get your friends to do the same! 

Make sure to Like and follow @JewishTeensRoc on Twitter to get all the #MitzvahMondays!


(Jewish Education Rochester Network Youth), a consortium of religious schools and Jewish organizations, brings educational opportunities to teens in grades 8-12.  Through this network you can take advantage of events and classes all over town.  So check out what's in store for you and enjoy! 

"It's not just the destination, it's the JERNY!"

Contact Richard Gordon, Coordinator of Teen Education and Israel Trips, 461-0490 ext. 8637 or



JERNY Post Bar-Bat Mitzvah Synagogue Schools 

Koolanu at Temple Beth El

139 South Winton Road

Meets Sunday morning 9:00am – 12:00pm. 

Except during the weekends of November 16-17, January 25-26 and March 29-30 classes will move to Saturday mornings 9:00am-12:00pm.

Open to affiliated and non-affiliated teens in 8th-12th grade

Contact: Samara Sofian - Director of Education at Temple Beth El

(585) 473-1190 or 

Visit their website


Temple B’rith Kodesh

2131 Elmwood Avenue

Meets Sunday morning 9:30am-12:00pm

Open to affiliated and non-affiliated teens in 8th-10th grade

Contact Suzie Lyon Director of Education at Temple B’rith Kodesh

(585) 244-9152 or

Visit their website at www.tbk,org  


Kesher and Bogrim at Temple Sinai

363 Penfield Road

Kesher (8th and 9th grade) meets Monday evening 6:30pm-8:20pm

Bogrim (11-12th grade) meets on the second Wednesday of every month evenings 5:45pm-7:00pm.  Except for December, will meet the third Wednesday on 12/18.

Open to affiliated and non-affiliated teens in 8th-10th grade

Contact Ilan Adar- Director of Education at Temple Sinai

(585) 381-6890 or

Visit their website at


ROVA at Congregation Beth Sholom
1161 Monroe Avenue
Meets Sunday morning 9:15am – 11:15pm
Open to affiliated and non-affiliated teens in 8th-12th grade
Contact: Rabbi Avi Kilimnick- Director of Education at Congregation Beth Sholom
(585) 473-1625 or
Visit their website at:


Activities from the Jewish Federation...

Contact:  Richard Gordon, 461-0490 ext. 8637 or

Zikaron is a special one-day opportunity for teens in grades 8-12 (priority is given to 8th and 9th graders) to go to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, accompanied by a local survivor of the Holocaust. Zikaron pre-sessions provide the necessary background in advance of the trip. This year's Zikaron trip will be Sunday-Monday, January 18-19, 2015.

Download your application 

Israel Programs
Contact:  Richard Gordon, 461-0490 ext. 8637 or

Want to see the sun rise above the Dead Sea? Hike through 2,000 year-old water aqueducts in the north? Pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem? Explore Tel Aviv’s trendy shops and outdoor markets? Travel to Israel with Jewish teens from Rochester and all over the U.S.! There are so many teen Israel experience programs. Let us help you find the perfect trip. For a free consultation, scholarship information, program information and brochures, call now!

Journey for Identity

Our next trip will be in summer 2015, a select group of 11th and 12 grade teens will travel side by side with teens from our Partnership 2Gether community of Modi’in, Israel -- from Rochester to Poland to Israel. Learn about JFI

Read the blogs!

Want to speak with someone about the next JFI? Contact Richard Gordon, 461-0490, ext. 8637 or

Gift of Israel
Contact: Richard Gordon, 461-0490 ext. 8637 or

NOW is the time is to begin to save for your child’s future Jewish education. The Gift of Israel program allows families with children presently in 3rd-6th grade an opportunity to begin to set aside a fixed amount every year for their child to participate in a future program in Israel. By joining the Gift of Israel program NOW your child has the potential to receive matching funds of up to $1,200 towards a future Israel experience.

GOI Info Sheet
GOI Complete Application Packet

Contact: Richard Gordon, 461-0490 ext. 8637 or

The Federation offers need-based scholarships for educational trips to Isreal and Jewish educational experiences and courses. Scholarships are distributed once in the fall and once in the spring. Applications are permanent residents of Rochester for at least 13 years of age and are usually no older than 25. Click the link below to download an application.

Send all applications to Richard Gordon. You can mail it to 441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607; fax to 241-8677 or email to All methods go directly to Richard and will be kept confidential.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2014-2015 application deadline.

Panim el Panim
Contact: Richard Gordon, 461-0490 ext. 8637 or 

Move from the Sidelines to the Frontlines with Panim el Panim -- Teens in grades 10-12 meet with community leaders, politicians, and media experts in Rochester before going to the national Panim el Panim seminar in Washington, D.C. With teens from other communities, the group learns about public policy, community relations, social action, and how to advocate on Capitol Hill. Then they put these lessons into action with a local service-learning project that the group plans and participates in together. This year's trip is scheduled for Sunday-Tuesday, March 29-31, 2015. Applications are due January 31, 2015. Visit the Panim el Panim website. See a YouTube video.

Download your Panim el Panim application.

Chabad High Chai
Contact:  Rabbi Vogel – 271-0330

Brighton High School and Middle School students know where to be on Mondays - Wednesdays between 10:30am and 1:00pm. Chabad High Diner's Club has the BEST pizza north of Brooklyn and a warm, welcoming atmosphere with ping-pong, pool and foosball. Come hang out at our place for lunch or after school.

JCC Programs for Teens
Contact: Joy Getnick, Jewish Program Director
585-461-2000 ext. 239

Activities include camp and mitzvah projects, as well as social, athletic, cultural and leadership oriented programming.

Find information on Summer Camp Counselor positions at Camp Sisol

JCC Teen Sports
For more information please contact Anthony Fazzary, Sports and Leagues Coordinator, at the JCC at
or 585-461-2000 ext. 291.

 Click to view JCC Teen Sports Winter 2013-14