Youth Programs/Experiential Education

The Youth Programs at Shaaray Tefila can be summed up by one word, Experiential.  We believe that when children and teens experience their Judaism out in the real world, it makes for a lasting and significant impact.  For example, we can learn everything there is to know about poverty and what Jewish tradition teaches us about how to treat those living in poverty.  However, building someone a dignified home, having a conversation with a homeless woman, or any situation where we can translate our learning into action helps our students to create a Living Judaism.


Next Generation Engagement

ToaSTY – Youth Group

ToaSTY B’nai Mitzvah Project – TBMP

Nicaragua Service Learning Trip

Rosh Chodesh/Shevet Achim

Teen Philanthropy Program

College Bound Program

The ToaSTer Blog


For more information on all Youth Programs, please contact Jessica Herrmann, Director of Youth Engagement & Experiential Education at

After studying History and Judaic studies at Dickinson College, Jessica headed to Philadelphia where she spent two years with Repair the World. In Philadelphia Jessica built community, facilitated social educational events, brought Jewish values to life through meaningful service projects, and found her passion for bringing Judaism into the now. She spent the past year in Washington, DC as a resident of Moishe House hosting seven events a month to cultivate community among Jewish young professionals. Jessica studied at George Washington University where she received her Master’s of Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts.In DC Jessica implemented experiential education methodology into Temple Micah’s educational programs. In her free time you can find Jessica farming in a community garden, struggling to train for her upcoming half marathon, or cheering on the Yankees.

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