At Temple Judea, we offer two outstanding youth programs for children in grades 3-12, consisting of social, religious, and cultural programming, which takes place in an informal and fun setting, under the supervision of our professional youth advisors. Participating in a Jewish Youth Group is an important way in which Jewish children create a positive connection with the Jewish people and Jewish tradition. Our supportive environment enables children to broaden their friendships with Jewish kids beyond their own regular school experience.
JSTY, our senior high school youth group which is open to all 8th – 12th graders, offers a full calendar of informal monthly weekend events throughout the school year. JSTY events are social, religious, cultural, and most importantly fun!
JSTY also has a number of leadership and community service opportunities available. Get involved with JSTY by hosting social action projects including serving food at a homeless shelter to running beach clean ups.
In addition to the great events that JSTY provides, JSTY participates in NFTY, the National Federation of Temple Youth, which offers five weekend long regional and national events during the year for youth groups throughout Southern California. Over 250 teens come together during each event for a weekend full of learning, socializing, social action, and community building.
JSTY events are planned and coordinated by our elected teen leadership board and guided by a professional youth advisor. JSTY board elections take place each year in May and are open to all Temple members. JSTY members can also volunteer to chair an event.
Develop friendships, stay connected, have a blast and join JSTY!
JSTY Jr. has an active schedule, especially since we explore all the fun activities available in the San Fernando Valley and beyond. From Sky Zone to Glow Zone and events at the Temple, meet new people and hang out with your Temple Judea friends!
Many of our youth are required to take part in a certain number of community service hours a semester for their regular schools. We offer numerous opportunities for our children to fulfill those requirements. From participating in or planning the annual Mitzvah Day, food and clothing drives, or for our older kids, volunteering to staff youth events, there are plenty of opportunities for the youth of Temple Judea to make a difference.
If you are interested in one of our Youth Groups or you would like to chat about the youth programs please email our Director of Youth and Camping below, or call us at the main synagogue number of (818) 758-3800.
Director of Youth and Camping: Herschel Bleefeld