ToaSTY (Temple Shaaray Tefila Youth) strives strengthen each child’s connection to our Jewish community while fostering a positive identity and values. Beginning in fourth grade, ToaSTY helps children integrate their Jewish identities with today’s world through experiential learning. We work tirelessly to inspire children to live the Jewish values of tzedakah, mitzvot, k’lal yisrael—one Jewish community—and kavod—respect.
We accomplish this through participation in a variety of meaningful community service projects, trips and mitzvot, as well as by providing a casual, relaxed, and safe setting for fun and friendship.
The ToaSTY Executive Board consists of high school teens taking on a leadership role in our temple community. Board members represent the best of Shaaray Tefila and are Jewish role models in their respective communities.
The Board’s main function is to plan events & programs for their peers, meet monthly for a board meetings, and host a monthly program on Monday nights. We also volunteer our time with varying social action projects like Midnight Run.
Interested in joining for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, apply here today.
ToaSTY Sr. is open to all Jewish teenagers in high school. Led by the ToaSTY Senior board and guided by Director of Youth Engagement, Matthew Vogel, ToaSTY Senior boasts a strong leadership program, amazing social action projects and exciting events planned by and for high school students.Temple Shaaray Tefila is also a member of NFTY-NAR (North American Federation of Temple Youth — New York Area Region), the regional body of the Reform movement’s national youth organization. Activity on the regional level, including three regional kallot at Eisner Camp allows our students to experience the larger and varied Jewish world. Please contact Matt Berman, Director of Youth Engagement for more information.
ToaSTY 8th Grade is designed to build a bridge to our children’s Post-B’nai Mitzvah life. Eighth graders participate alongside ToaSTY Senior in many of their social action projects. In addition, they have several of their own social programs, including a retreat and trips. Please contact Matt Berman, Director of Youth Engagement for more information.
ToaSTY 67 (Grades 6 & 7) is designed to meet the needs of pre-teens who are beginning their Bar/Bat Mitzvah training at the same time that they start to develop an independent social, intellectual and religious identity. ToaSTY 67 provides a safe space for these young and maturing Jews to gather socially. Programs are designed with an eye toward healthy interactions against a background of positive Jewish values. Please contact Jackie Kalter, Director of Youth Engagement for more information.
ToaSTY 45 (grades 4 and 5) gives children their first taste of the youth group experience. The purpose of ToaSTY 45 is simple but important: it is a chance to make new friends and have fun in a safe, Jewish environment, where everyone is welcomed and accepted. Please contact Jackie Kalter, Director of Youth Engagement for more information.