It is important to engage our teens in their Jewish journey and support them to live vibrant Jewish lives. This brochure provides an overview of opportunities for teens in our community over the next calendar school year.


For more detailed information, please see the information below:




Teens in the Kitchen & T.F.C (Teens For The Community): Beginning September 26, 2021

Join us for a weekly Jewish cooking and community service program on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm for students in 8th - 12th grades. Register at


Learn About Your Inner En-Tre-Pre-Naur: Beginning October 20, 2021

Earn two (2) college credits upon completion of the course. CTeen U is a joint initiative of Yeshiva

University and the Chabad Teen Network. This is a 14-week program for students in 10th - 12th grade and an early bird discount is available if registered before October 9! Register at


Beyond Bat Mitzvah

A program for girls who have become Bat Mitzvah and want to learn more! Register at


For more information on any of the above programs, please contact Rabbi Yitzi Hein at or 585.286.6147.



IsraelNow/ NEW 8th Grade Israel Program – Israel Travel Dates are February 14-22, 2022

IsraelNow is an immersive Israel educational program, specifically designed for 8th graders that has successfully taken hundreds of kids to Israel over the last 20 years and provides a peer-to-peer, hands-on, emotional and memorable taste of Israel.

The program is for 8th grade students in their formal school program.

IsraelNow Rochester travel dates are February 14-22, 2022.


For more information, please contact Rachel Kest at



NCSY is Congregation Beth Sholom’s Teen Youth Group which holds events throughout the

year including bowling, laser tag and much more!


NCSY is for students in 8th - 12th grade and meets every Monday at 7:00pm for dinner and learning between October 2021 and March 2022.
Membership is not required for participation. 

For more information, please contact Rabbi Avi Kilimnick at or 585.473.1625.




Teens & Tweens Power Squad: September 20 – October 27, 2021

This six-week program will help your tween/teen ages 11-16 develop self-confidence and self-awareness in a safe community of like-minded young individuals who are passionate about their health and fitness. Participants will learn how to how to properly use cardio/weight machines, participate in group fitness classes, and develop a better understanding of who they are in a gym setting and as an individual. At the end of this program, they will be able to safely execute a complete workout, all while developing healthy habits. This program will consist of four major fitness components: cardiovascular endurance, circuit strength training, bodyweight training, and mind body/wellness. 

Register here.


Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00–4:45pm.


For more information: Contact at or Brian Hahn at or 585.461.2000


Group Fitness Classes

Kids/teens can take any group fitness class on the JCC's regular schedule as long as they have the Group Fitness Add-on Membership. The age requirement for classes mirrors that of the Fitness Center and a nine year old can attend with a parent or guardian, and 13-year old can attend class alone.



Peer Leaders Fellowship – Beginning November 2021 through May 2022

The Peer Leaders Fellowship is an immersive, “by teens for teens” leadership development program. Fellows participate in seminars and one-on-one sessions that provide opportunities for skills-based training, mentorship, and reflection. Focusing on models of relationship-based engagement, project management, and design thinking; Fellowship participants collaboratively learn and work together with the goal of building meaningful connections for teens in the Rochester Jewish community.



Monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours a month.
$500 stipend will be earned for full participation.
Registration will open October 4 and close on October 25.


For more information, please contact Diana Tubman at


Journey for Identity (JFI): Program travel dates are July 20 – August 16, 2022

Journey for Identity is a hallmark program of the Rochester and Modi’in Partnership2Gether program. Over the course of three weeks, 32 teens from Rochester and Modi’in, travel together to three continents where they are joined by a local second-generation participants and intensely learn about the Holocaust through guided exploration, examine their Jewish identity through shared immersive experiences, and gain an understanding of each other’s community through home-based hospitality.


For students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.
Registration will open October 11 and close on December 13, 2021.
Pre-trip preparation includes eight (8) two-hour seminars that begin in March 2022.
Program travel to United States, Poland and Israel.


For more information, please contact Rachel Kest at


Zikaron: How Will YOU Change the World? Travel to Washington, DC on April 7-8, 2022

Through participation in this program, students in 8th and 9th grade will have the opportunity to learn what led to the Holocaust through a Jewish lens. They will experience personal stories of Holocaust survival, dive deep into their Jewish identities, and take a closer look at how we as individuals can take knowledge from the past to change the future for the better.


Registration will open January 1, 2022 and close on February 11, 2022.
Pre- and post-trip classes in March - April 2022.
Cost is $180 and financial assistance is available.


For more information, please contact Diana Tubman at


JROC Band – Beginning October 6, 2021

JROC is a group of Jewish teenagers in 8th – 12th grade who all share a love for music and meet once a week to hang out, chat, and create music together. There are no auditions and all students, regardless of skill level, are welcome. JROC teens learn and grow from each other both musically and in other ways and perform several times a year throughout the Rochester Jewish Community but performances are optional. JROC also attends the Song Leader Boot Camp in St. Louis in February 2022. The trip is optional, but most teens feel it is a highlight of their JROC experience and it is a wonderful way to connect with other Jewish teens who share your passion for music! 


Meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:45pm at Temple Beth El.
Includes a Kosher dinner and there is no cost to participate.
Program is facilitated by Mike Miller and Leah Sherman.


For more information, please contact Rachel Kest at


Song Leader Boot Camp (SLBC) – February 18-22, 2022 in St. Louis, MO

Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) is an annual National Conference that provides powerful Jewish leadership and features a teen ONLY track. Hundreds gather every February in St. Louis to learn from nationally renowned Jewish thought leaders, educators, and music artists. The SLBC National Conference experience is soaked in inspirational Jewish music and communal singing. Participants do not need to sing or play an instrument to fully experience ALL that SLBC has to offer. Music is just one of many vehicles for connection and inspiration that is explored at SLBC conferences. 


Program is for students in 9th - 12th grades and subsidies are available for those who actively participate in JROC Band. Additional program information will be available soon.


For more information, clcik here or please contact Rachel Kest at


High School Student Exchange Program with Modi’in, Israel / Collaboration with Brighton High School

Students in 9th - 12th  grade have an opportunity to either host a student from Modi’in Israel and/or participate in a two-week exchange program in Modi’in, Israel. During the exchange students will attend school with their host, and learn and experience the local culture of their host community.  Through this experience students’ act as ambassadors for their country and community while forging meaningful personal connections with their peers.  


Hosting dates in Rochester are November 29 - December 12, 2021.
Trip dates to Modi’in are February 17 - March 1, 2022.
Cost of trip is TBD.


For more information, please contact Rachel Kest at



USY is Temple Beth El’s (TBE) Teen Youth Group and provides local and regional immersive social experiences for teens through a Conservative Jewish lens. Upcoming events will focus on social action, tzedakah, Israel education, Tefillah, and leadership development.


For students in 8th - 12th grades.
Membership not required for participation. 


Save The Date - TZAFON: Here We Go Again, a regional Shabbaton – the weekend of November 5-7th!  This is USY’s first big event, back in person, with lots of fun activities planned by teens, for teens! Join us for one night or both! TBE membership is not necessary to join and participate.


For more information, please contact Becca Zaretsky at or at 585.473.1190.



Programs begin September 12, 2021.
For students in 8th – 12th grade and membership not required for participation. 
Classes meet on Sunday morning between 9:30 - 10:30am and/or 10:30 - 11:30am
Bagels and hot chocolate available for all teens at 9:30am in a designated Teen room.
To register for a program or event please visit


For more information, please contact Jacqui Lipschitz at or at 585.244.7060 ext.235.


Judaism 101

Participants will get a refresher on Jewish history, and the development of Reform Judaism and other Jewish denominations and practices.


Conversational Hebrew

Learn to speak like an Israeli! Beginner and advanced options available. This class is perfect for those who are planning to travel on the CSL or NFTY trips to Israel, or for those who have returned from an Israel trip and want to learn more.


Trope/Torah Chanting/Service leading

Participants will learn basic Torah cantillation (chanting) and study the structure of standard Shabbat services. Participants will be welcomed and encouraged to help lead services during Religious School and on any given Friday/Saturday.


The American Jewish Experience

This program was developed in conjunction with the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH). It leverages their numerous free educational resources, lessons plans, and staff support. The lessons in this national curriculum challenge students to exercise critical thinking and inquiry-based learning skills while exploring the American Jewish experience.


Holiday Program Preparation

Participants will learn about, and help plan, and produce all-school/temple holiday programming to celebrate Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim and Passover.


Social Action/Justice

Participants will work together as a group to determine where they want to focus their energy. Projects may include visits to Jewish Senior Life, FoodLink, Pencils and Paper, or anywhere the group decides.


Madrichim Training

Participants will learn leadership skills along with basic classroom management, basic lesson writing, and have opportunities to practice in a safe and nurturing environment. Participants will also review Hebrew letters and vowels.



Participants will be assigned to assist in a classroom for either the first hour, second hour, or both depending on grade and other factors.


Enrichment Leader (11th and 12th grades only)

Opportunities to lead programs with or without direct supervision. Opportunities may include Preschool Workshops, Hebrew through Movement, Hebrew Tutoring, School Office Administration, Art and Library.



Kesher (Connection)

Programs begin September 12, 2021.

For students in 8th - 10th grade.

Classes meet on Sunday morning between 11:00am - 12:00pm.


8th and 9th Grade Class Offerings:

Year 1: Students connect Judaism to the issues relevant in their own lives, explore how they are connected to the historical road map of Judaism, and consider what it means to make decisions in accord with Jewish values, tradition, culture, and practices.


Year 2: Students deepen their understanding of Judaism through an external look at other religions, which includes visits to local Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), and Islamic houses of worship. The class concludes with an internal exploration of Judaism, focusing on the similarities and differences among the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches. The class is being led by Rabbi Michael Silbert.


10th Grade Confirmation Class:

This class is taught by Rabbi Till and Cantor Braun and concentrates on two subjects: The Ten Commandments and Exploration of Personal Jewish Identity. Students confront current issues, both Jewish and secular, and examine what parts of their identities are influenced by their Judaism. The highlight of the year is the Confirmation Service, which is held on the eve of Shavuot. Together with Rabbi Till and Cantor Braun, the students prepare the service and lead the congregation in worship. 


During Memorial Day weekend, Confirmation students are invited to travel to New York City to explore “the path of Jewish immigration” into the United States and to become familiar with the establishment of the Jewish community in New York City.


Bogrim (Graduates)

For students in 11th - 12th grade.
Once a month on Sunday mornings between 11:00am - 12:00pm.
Monthly informal gatherings where teens discuss topics of interest with Rabbi Till and Cantor Braun

Kesher and Bogrim classes are open to ALL teens of our community. 
Non-member Kesher Tuition: $597

Non-member Bogrim Tuition: $90


For more information on social, cultural and leadership programs at Temple Sinai, please contact Ilan Adar, Education Director at or 585.381.6890, ext. 122 or Rachel Greer, Teen Engagement Leader at or 585.746.6211.


To view the brochure of the above programming click here.